About Doctors of Chiropractic
Suburban Orthopaedic Medical Center is the premier destination for those living and working in Newark, New Jersey and surrounding areas, for the ultimate patient experience in chiropractic. This experience starts with our knowledgable and caring staff that, in partnership with our doctors, provide the highest quality of chiropractic care. The doctors design individual treatment plans in order to meet the specific treatment goals of every patient.
We also have an extensive therapy department here for our patients' convenience. We are able to provide core strengthening, electrical muscle stimulation and decompression in addition to chiropractic adjustments to help you achieve optimal health.
What is a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Doctors of chiropractic must complete four to five years at an accredited chiropractic college. The complete curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. Approximately 555 hours are devoted to learning about adjustive techniques and spinal analysis in colleges of chiropractic. In medical schools, training to become proficient in manipulation is generally not required of, or offered to, students. The Council on Chiropractic Education requires that students have 90 hours of undergraduate courses with science as the focus. Those intending to become doctors of chiropractic must also pass the national board exam and all exams required by the state in which the individual wishes to practice. The individual must also meet all individual state licensing requirements in order to become a doctor of chiropractic.
An individual studying to become a doctor of chiropractic receives an education in both the basic and clinical sciences and in related health subjects. The intention of the basic chiropractic curriculum is to provide an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of the human body in health and disease. The educational program includes training in the basic medical sciences, including anatomy with human dissection, physiology, and biochemistry. Thorough training is also obtained in differential diagnosis, radiology and therapeutic techniques. This means, a doctor of chiropractic can both diagnose and treat patients, which separates them from non-physician status providers, like physical therapists. According to the Council on Chiropractic Education DCs are trained as Primary care Providers.
The proper title for a doctor of chiropractic is "doctor" as they are considered physicians under Medicare and in the overwhelming majority of states. The professional credentials abbreviation "D.C." means doctor of chiropractic. ACA also advocates in its Policies on Public Health that DCs may be referred to as (chiropractic) physicians as well.
As a profession, the primary belief is in natural and conservative methods of health care. Doctors of chiropractic have a deep respect for the human body's ability to heal itself without the use of surgery or medication. These doctors devote careful attention to the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine, its effects on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health. A Doctor of chiropractic is one who is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of public health, and a wellness approach to patient healthcare.
Scope of Practice
Doctors of chiropractic frequently treat individuals with neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that Doctors of chiropractic manage or provide care for is not limited to neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors have the training to treat a variety of non-neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as: allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, otitis media (non-suppurative) and other disorders as new research is developed.
A variety of techniques, treatment and procedure are used to restore healing which will be the topic of future education releases.
Service Areas and Symptoms
Chiropractors are trained to help patients who suffer from pain related to very common situations, such as:
- Work Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Slips & Falls
- Work Injuries
Whatever the injury, chiropractors assist patients with a combination of "active" and "passive" care. Active care requires patient involvement (e.g., stretching, strengthening, biofeedback). Passive care involves treatment given to the patient (e.g., spinal manipulation, ultrasound, massage, medication). Service that are provided by a chiropractor may include:
- Physical examination
- Chirpractic manipulation therapy (adjustments)
- Naprapathic plus various soft tissue therapies
- Physio therapeutic modalities
- Rehab exercise and stretching
- Orthopedic supports
- Nutritional counseling and supplements
- Whiplash injury
- Sciatica and disc herniation
- Headaches and migraines
- Work, auto, and sport injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Upper, mid or low back pain
- Neck Pain & Stiffness
- Shoulder Pain
- Chest Pain
- Extremity Pain (Arm & Leg)
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Ankle/Foot Pain
- Disc Herniation
- Muscle Spasm
- Pinched Nerve
- Ear Aches
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Discomfort Caused by Pregnancy
- TMJ Syndrome/Dysfunction