A very general guide for people looking for some level of pain relief is about 6-12 visits over a month. If there is absolutely no change to a person’s level of pain or activity after a month and 12 visits, a re-assessment or a second opinion is needed.
Progress exams should be made to make sure that improvement is occurring and that a person understands their problem. Some patients are pleased with pain relief and cease further treatment at this point. Certain spinal problems need ongoing management to help a person keep operating at their best. Many patients prefer to keep functioning at the optimum and plan regular visits at two, three or four weekly intervals to maintain full function.
|University degree length||5 years||4 years|
|Most common thing treated||Low back pain followed by neck pain||Low back pain followed by surgical rehab|
|Radiology||Able to read x-rays||Not able to read x-rays|
|First known school||116 yrs ago in America||100 years ago in U.K.|
|Largest Asociation||Chiropractic Association of Australia||Australian Physiotherapy Association|
|Musculoskeletal areas treated
(first choice for trial of treatment)
|Back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint pain, sciatica, whiplash, postural problems||Back pain, strained/sprained ankle, swollen knee, rotator cuff tear, post fracture rehab|
|Treatment modalities||Mobilisation, adjustments, active muscle releases, exercises||Massage, ultrasound, electrotherapy, rehab techniques, exercise prescription|
|Hospital vs private practice||Private practice||Hospital and private practice|
|Work with sporting teams||Yes||Yes|
|Training in joint manipulation||Extensive||Limited|