The primary belief of the chiropractors at Advanced Physical Medicine in Mount Prospect is one of both natural and conservative methods of health care. Doctors of chiropractic focus on the human body’s ability to heal itself without use of medication or surgery. Chiropractic physicians pay close attention to the bio-mechanics, function and framework of the human body along with the effects the above areas have on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. Chiropractors are involved in the treatment and prevention of disease. They also promote a wellness approach to patient healthcare.
Chiropractors treat many conditions, however they most commonly treat individuals with neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Such complaints include the following: headaches, neck pain, low back pain, shoulder and elbow pain, and sciatica. They also frequently treat patients with joint pain, spinal disc conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and sprain/strains. Often patients seek chiropractic care after an accident: auto, workplace or home. However, chiropractors not limited to neuromusculoskeletal disorders, chiropractors have the knowledge and tools needed to treat a variety of conditions. The more common of these conditions are allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, and otitis media.
Doctors of chiropractic complete four to five years at an accredited chiropractic college after the completion of their Bachelor’s Degree. The doctoral curriculum encompasses a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The basic chiropractic curriculum provides an in-depth understanding of both the structure and function of the human body in health and disease. The educational program typically covers the following: anatomy with human dissection, physiology, and biochemistry. Students devote approximately 555 hours to learning and mastering adjustive techniques as well as spinal analysis. It is also required by the Council on Chiropractic Education that prior to acceptance into a Chiropractic College students have 90 hours of undergraduate courses with a focus on science. Throughout their course of education students must also pass the national board exam and all exams required by the state in which the individual wishes to practice. Doctors of chiropractic can both diagnose and treat patients which differentiates their profession from those professions of non-physician status, such as, physical therapists. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed physicians in the Illinois. As such, they must meet the State’s licensing and continuing education requirements.
Chiropractors at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy, Mount Prospect strive to promote health using natural and conservative treatment methods using the best evidence research to guide treatment.
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