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One of the questions that injured Iowans often have is regarding what type of treatment is best for their condition. Specifically, claimants often inquire regarding the respective benefits of physical therapy versus chiropractics.
First and foremost, it’s imperative to note that a legitimate injury attorney will not presume to know or determine what is best for an injured Iowa.
Only a qualified medical practitioner can recommend proper treatment for any given injury.
That said, both types of treatments - physical therapy and chiropractice treatment - can be beneficial depending on the injury. When we say beneficial however, we mean beneficial for the auto accident victim in terms of their treatment and healing, not their claim.
In other words, the tail doesn't wag the dog: the injuries and treatment will dictate the course of a claim, not the other way around.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, we see accident victims with personal injuries often benefiting from both.
Chiropractics generally include manipulation or adjusting of the joints and bones to relieve subluxations (an incomplete or partial dislocation of a bone in a joint) or other physical injuries or congenital problems. The theory is to help put the body in a condition to help it heal itself without the necessity of extrinsic medications or invasive procedures. Chiropractic care is helpful to injured Iowans in differing degrees but is often most helpful with soft tissue injuries or when other medical treatments have fallen short.
Physical therapy on the other hand focuses on improving flexibility, function and building strength as opposed to fixing subluxations or bone or joint problems. Physical therapy can also help with chronic issues as well. However, it is often most useful when used as a tool for rehabilitation following a significant injury or treatment such as surgery. Physical therapists also work in tandem with other medical professionals or a team of medical providers to ensure maximum recovery after a traumatic injury such as a spinal cord injury, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, or broken bone. However, doctors will utilize physical therapy for a vast number of injuries and as part of many different treatment and rehabilitation plans.
To decide which is right for you, once again, please consult your primary treating physician. Also, if you are being treated in one manner but you are not improving or even getting worse, ensure to inform you physician so that he or she can take that into account when continuing evaluate your progress and structure your treatment plan. No one treatment is right for every person or every injury and effective and aggressive treatment is the only way to ensure that you will be reach maximum recovery after as serious, or even not-so-serious automobile accident.
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