Should I See a Physical Therapist or a Chiropractic Physician After My Accident?
I am a lawyer. That is what those letters after my name mean, and I love to tell people, “Your internet search does not replace my juris doctorate.” I think the same thing is true for an M.D. or anything else. Do not assume that the mere fact that you read this article and the following easy-to-understand chart, means that you know more than and are justified in ignoring the advice of professional.
If you have been injured in an accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. See your primary care provider, an urgent care provider, or an emergency room the same as the accident if at all possible. I cannot tell you which treatment you should seek. All I can do is compare and contrast two options from an attorney’s point of view.
In personal injury practice, we see clients who deal with a lot of chronic pain after their accidents. Physical therapists and chiropractors both treat pain but it in different ways.
Physical Therapists are required to have a three-year DPT degree in addition to a regular bachelor’s degree. In practice, physical therapists can diagnose pain and mobility issues and help patients reduce pain and regain mobility through a series of exercises and treatment techniques.
Chiropractors are required to receive four years of graduate education after receiving a bachelor’s degree. They diagnose pain and mobility conditions, but they are most commonly known for performing spinal manipulation.
|Availability||Physical therapists are available statewide.||Chiropractors are available statewide.|
|Price||The cost of physical therapy depends on the types of injuries being treated, but the average cost of an appointment without insurance is around $100.00|
|One visit can cost about $39.00 https://www.thejoint.com/plans-pricing|
|Insurance Coverage||Physical therapy is covered under most insurance plans so long as it is deemed medically necessary.||Some plans cover chiropractic care. Some do not.|