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Utah College of Chiropractic Orthopedics

Chiropractic Orthopedics:

“Chiropractic Orthopedics is defined as that branch of chiropractic medicine that includes the continued acquisition of knowledge relative
to both normal functions and diseases of the human body as they relate to the bones, joints, capsules, discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons,
their complete neurological components, referred organ systems and contiguous tissues; AND the development and perfection of skills
relative to health maintenance when such exists and when not, the investigation, historical review, physical detection, correlative diagnosis
development and complete management of any disorder within the bounds defined herein; AND the delivery of the combined knowledge
and skill on a primary basis to patients who both need and desire this service to the eventual outcome of remission, whenever resolution
is not readily achievable.”

What is a Chiropractic Orthopedist

What is a board certified chiropractic orthopedist and why should I go to one?

The chiropractic orthopedist is a chiropractic physician holding a license by the state to practice chiropractic medicine. He has extensive,
specialized training in physical examination and treatment procedures emphasizing primarily the neuromusculoskeletal structures of the
body including the spine and the extremity joints.  This involves conditions affecting bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments cartilage
and related nerve structures. 

The chiropractic orthopedists handles both acute health problems such as automobile accidents and sports injuries as well as more chronic
conditions including arthritis, scoliosis, and fibromyalgia using advanced procedures of x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and
computed tomography imaging (CT), electro diagnostic studies, diagnostic ultrasound, nerve conduction studies (EMG) and clinical
laboratory procedures to assist in the diagnostic process.

In the course of treatment, the chiropractic orthopedists applies manipulative/adjustive procedures along with other treatment options
such as physiologic therapeutics, nutritional counselling, structural supports, corrective devices, exercise and rehabilitation regimens,
preventive care advice and home therapy programs for patient health.

Is is better to see a chiropractic orthopedist than a regular chiropractor?

In most cases, seeing a chiropractic orthopedist is better than seeing a regular chiropractor, physical therapist or medical specialist because
the chiropractic orthopedist is trained with the necessary skills of all three of those providers.  He has the diagnostic skills not possessed
by the physical therapist, he has the manipulative skills not possessed by the medical specialist, he has the diagnostic and management
skills not generally possessed by the regular chiropractor and he has the skill and experience to enlist the skills of each of these others
should a need arise.

If I've already seen a regular chiropractor, physical therapist or
medical specialist, can I still see the chiropractic orthopedist?

Starting with any of these providers or having been to the Emergency Room at the hospital only makes your visit to the chiropractic
orthopedist that much easier.  He will request your records and simplify your intake process so that you can get on the path to recovery
and prevention of disc disease. He will work well with any of these other providers to take advantage of everything they provided for
you and increase the effectiveness and outcome of any program you may have already started.