Chiropractor vs Physical Therapist


Chiropractor vs Physical Therapist – A Quick Synopsis

Every wondered what the difference was between a Chiropractor vs Physical Therapist? Well, we went out of our way to explain.

I’ve gotten this question a few times now. I will take the liberty to answer it the best I can. I’m sure many of my colleagues have also gotten this question. Below, I will explain some key differences between these two noble professions.

What is Physical Therapy or Physiotherapy?

Physical therapy aka physiotherapy is catered around rehabbing muscles. This includes: working on regaining strength, range of motion, and flexibility. Often times, people who have been in a traumatic event undergo physical therapy as recommended by their primary care doctor. Doctors of physical therapy will spend numerous weeks, if not months, using modalities like ultrasound, e-stim, etc., as well as, active and passive exercises to get you back to normal. Many people get relief from physical therapy as well. In terms of how physical therapy is as a career job, I’m sure it is rewarding to see people heal and move on with their lives.

From a financial point of view, it is a safe career where you will almost always have a job. Jobs may be in a hospital or in an out-patient clinic. Salary may be any where from $70K and up. While some physical therapists choose practice “concierge style,” the overwhelming majority are in-network with insurance companies and hospital networks consistently sending them patients.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic, on the other hand, works with optimizing one’s central nervous system (CNS) by various techniques. Chiropractors may see musculoskeletal health conditions upwards to visceral conditions. It is important your chiropractor works with other medical professionals as well. Our CNS consists of our brain and spinal cord. When there is a subluxation, or a misalignment at one or multiple vertebrae affecting our neurology, there is usually dysfunction. Dysfunction leads to pain and therefore, a lower quality of life. Chiropractors are able to find subluxations using a variety of diagnostic and/or screening tools, orthopedic and neurological exams, and chiropractic tests. From there, a chiropractor may use their hands or instruments to make adjustments to the spine. Some chiropractors may want to see patients for weeks to months, whereas some only see patients on an “as needed” basis. Studies have shown that people under consistent chiropractic care lives healthier, pain-free lives.

From a financial perspective, chiropractic allows the student to be a future associate, independent contractor, or their own boss. Chiropractors may choose to be in-network with insurance or direct-pay – accepting cash, credit, or debit cards. Either way, income may vary from around $50-60K+ as an associate or more/less when you are your own boss. However, there is more risk involved when you are out-of-network or direct pay since insurance companies no longer have you listed as a participating provider.

Final Thoughts on “Chiropractor vs Physical Therapist?”

In short, while both fields may seem alike, there is a huge difference between the two. While physical therapy focuses on regaining strength, increasing range of motion, and flexibility while chiropractic works with restoring and optimizing a persons health without drugs or medication. To learn more, visit our website by clicking on: Upper Cervical Specific care is advance form of Chiropractic care that helps individuals with complex health conditions as well as wellness. Learn more by clicking here! You can schedule your personal consultation with Chiropractor Marietta, Dr. Milan Modi. See what others are saying about our practice by reading and clicking on Google Reviews!

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