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  • JDN12
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    When is complementary medicine indicated in back pain cases, particularly chiropractic and acupuncture treatments? I’ve been told chiropractors are good and bad. How do I know who is a good chiropractor?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Boy-if I could answer that question, I could help many more people.

    Finding a good chiropractor can be a challenge. I think one of the ways to select a good chiropractor is to find one with advanced education in “Chiropractic Orthopaedics” or in “Chiropractic Sports Medicine” This does not guarantee a better chiropractor but someone who has taken more time for advanced training demonstrates further interest in bettering him or herself.

    The best chiropractor is one who has good diagnostic and manipulation skills along with a thorough understanding about rehabilitation techniques.

    Acupuncture is another matter altogether. I have found that acupuncture works in some patients to control pain but does not yield long term relief. As long as you understand that, acupuncture is a good tool for intermittent back pain relief.

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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