Traditional vs. Evidence-based Chiropractors

Traditional “straight” chiropractors and evidenced-based (or evidenced-informed) chiropractors differ in their approach to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

Straight chiropractors typically believe that all health problems are caused by misalignments or subluxations of the spine, which they believe interfere with the body’s innate ability to heal itself. They use spinal adjustments to correct these subluxations and promote health.

In contrast, evidence-based chiropractors base their treatments on the best available scientific evidence. They recognize that spinal manipulation may not be appropriate or effective for all conditions, and they may use a range of other treatments, including exercise, soft tissue therapy, and patient education, in addition to spinal manipulation.

Evidence-based chiropractors also emphasize the importance of a thorough diagnosis, including a review of the patient’s medical history and a physical exam, to rule out pathology and to ensure that the treatment is appropriate for the patient’s specific condition.

Evidence-based chiropractors also recognize the importance of collaboration with other healthcare providers and often work closely with medical doctors, physical therapists, and other professionals to provide comprehensive care for their patients.

Overall, evidence-based chiropractors take a more holistic approach to patient care, recognizing that a variety of factors, such as diet, exercise, and stress, can affect a patient’s health and well-being. They aim to provide individualized care that is based on the best available evidence and that addresses the patient’s overall health, rather than just their spinal alignment.

The providers at Bloom Physical Medicine are dedicated to evidence-based, evidenced-informed clinical practice. Working side-by-side with Victoria Tate, MD gives Drs. Prusso and Thornberry a more robust view of our patients’ health, and their needs.