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Chiropractors Are Also Primary Medical Practitioners

Not too long ago, chiropractic care was scoffed at by internists and other physicians.

But as time went on and chiropractic established itself more and more as part and parcel of acceptable healthcare, it soon became obvious that chiropractors attained real results in their care of patients, and soon the word spread and many patients flocked to the waiting rooms of chiropractors all across the country.

Physicians noticed that some patients were relieved of long time ailments and suddenly no longer needed weekly shots or monthly prescriptions. They could also take up new hobbies and live in ways they never thought they would be able to again.

Before long, chiropractics came under close governmental scrutiny and with the institution of proper licensing and educational requirements, nothing stood in the way of open access to chiropractic anymore – or so many thought.

Insurance agencies were a lot slower to permit chiropractic care to fall under the umbrella of covered medical expenses and as such, they managed to severely limit patient access to chiropractors.

But after a while, this hurdle was also overcome. Today, insurance companies recognize chiropractors as primary care physicians.

Chiropractors as primary care physicians now assess the health risks of patients who may present a multitude of ailments, some of which are dependent on proper medical care involving medications.

As such, they are not only responsible for assessing the possible problems that a patient’s health history may present, but also for compiling a comprehensive record of health information. They consult with other healthcare providers on an as-needed basis to ensure that facts are made available to anyone who is involved in the patient’s overall care.

Chiropractic training includes extensive training in nutrition, enabling chiropractic physicians to provide lifestyle counseling for patients. 

Chiropractors have been able to “bridge the gap” between conventional medicine physicians and alternative healing with positive health changes in patients through lifestyle changes and the use of more natural treatments and supplements.

However, involving the patient in the care makes it possible for the chiropractor to become that primary care physician, and ensures that the patient receives the care she or he deserves, as well as an alternative angle on healing, which can also be very useful.

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