A chiropractor is a practitioner of chiropractic medicine, an alternative therapy most commonly used to treat back pain. It can be used to treat other types of pain, including headaches and joint pain. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation and other hands-on treatments to promote proper alignment of the spine and other parts of the musculoskeletal system and help the body heal itself without surgery or medication. If you are looking for a general chiropractor, there are a few factors to consider.

What Kind of Education Does a Chiropractor Have?
A general chiropractor needs to have a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. Candidates for DC programs need to have completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate education, and many do earn a bachelor’s degree before applying to a chiropractic program. The aspiring chiropractor will then spend four years at a chiropractic college where they will study such subjects as anatomy and physiology. They will also learn how to diagnose and treat different conditions under the supervision of a more experienced chiropractor.

Chiropractors are also required to have a license. While the rules vary from state to state, they all require a chiropractor to have a DC. They also require the chiropractor to take and pass an exam administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. All states require chiropractors to continue their education to keep their license. Some states also require chiropractors to take jurisprudence exams that test their knowledge of relevant state laws.

Straight vs Mixer
A straight chiropractor uses only techniques and therapies derived from chiropractic, while a mixer borrows therapies and techniques from other fields. A mixer will offer treatments like acupuncture, massage or biofeedback while a straight chiropractor will not. Most chiropractors are mixers.

A good chiropractor of either type will have all their own equipment, like spinal decompression tables. A patient visiting a mixer chiropractor may want to investigate the other therapies they provide. Dr. Lidstrom offers many different types of therapies for a wide range of issues, and she can develop a personalized treatment plan for your situation.

How Long Does Treatment Take?
After making a diagnosis, our chiropractor, especially when dealing with a common issue, should be able to provide a ball-park figure for your treatment time. In many cases, patients should be able to expect reduced pain within the first month. The longer the patient has had the condition, the longer it will take the chiropractor to undo the damage.

A general chiropractor will typically ask to see the patient more often at the beginning of treatment. During the first month or two, the chiropractor may want to see the patient as often s a few times a week. As the patient improves, they will need to see the chiropractor less and less often.

A general chiropractor will also often assign the patient stretches or other types of exercise to speed their treatment.

Red Flags
There are some signs that a patient ought to take their business elsewhere, including the following:
• The chiropractor is not certified or refuses to divulge their certification
• They claim to have a special new technique nobody else knows about
• They don’t specify any goals or lengths of treatment

Contact Us
At Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab, you can rest assured that Dr. Lidstrom always has your best interests at heart. Contact our office in Cornelius today to learn more about what a general chiropractor can do for you.