Are There Conditions That a Spine Chiropractor Can’t Treat?

The services of a spine chiropractor are largely focused on the health, alignment, and integrity of the spine. This is the perfect professional to visit if you’re suffering from neck pain, whiplash, lower back pain, or other issues that are directly related to this all-important part of your musculoskeletal system. Given the many ways in which spinal alignment can impact a person’s health, a spine chiropractor can also assist people by promoting natural relief for headaches, mood swings, and chemical imbalances among many other things.

When the alignment of the spine is disrupted by jarring, impact events or unhealthy, unsustainable life habits, important messages between the nerves and the brain can also be disrupted. This frequently leads to unfortunate changes across multiple areas of functioning that can include lower immunity, digestive distress, decreases in metabolic functioning, and insomnia to name a few. Thus, it’s possible for spine chiropractors to address a vast range of health and wellness issues that don’t initially appear to be related to the spine or the overall musculoskeletal system.

When chiropractors operate out of integrative chiropractic clinics and have multiple specialists on their teams, they tend to have more equipment and more skills at their disposal for treating a far more diverse range of issues. This also allows them to take a whole-health approach to address nearly all aspects of patient wellness including weight management issues, nutritional deficiencies, gland problems, and even stress management. However, there are still a number of concerns that a spine chiropractor may not be able to treat entirely or at all.

When Chiropractic Treatment Requires Outside Treatment and Support

Throughout the years, significant research has been performed to determine which issues are most responsive to chiropractic care. Given that chiropractic doctors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, any issues requiring these treatments must be handled by either a regular doctor or through integrated chiropractic and medical care. Thus, if you have an issue that cannot be resolved solely through chiropractic therapies, you can still work with a chiropractic doctor to supplement any medical treatments that you receive from your physician. The benefits of using this combined approach include:

  • Being able to establish a lesser reliance upon prescription pain medication by exploring natural pain relief strategies
  • Optimizing your immunity and your body’s natural healing abilities through proper spinal alignment
  • Expediting your recovery with secondary chiropractic services such as nutritional support, weight management, smoking cessation, and stress management
  • Limiting the need for additional surgeries
  • Performing physical therapies to build strength, balance, and a greater range of movement after surgery has been performed


Whenever any aspect of the musculoskeletal system is distressed or misaligned, chiropractic doctors can often help. However, when damages to certain spinal structures are severe, surgical techniques may be necessary for preserving or restoring mobility, and for preventing progressive damages. For instance, if you’ve been in car accident and have suffered severe crushing injuries, receiving chiropractic care may only be possible with the guidance and direction of your primary treating physician, and only after interventive or corrective treatments have been supplied.

Sometimes people suffer from chronic back pain, balance issues, and loss of mobility due to pressure being placed on the spine by benign growths or malignant tumors. In these instances, comprehensive medical care must be received to address the growth, its causes, and to prevent more widespread harm. Chiropractors can not provide advanced or standalone cancer treatments. However, they can offer supplementary solutions for improving health and comfort levels, managing stress, and improving overall life qualities during professional cancer treatments.

Broken bones and significant bone density loss are other issues that require outside medical treatment. If you suffer from osteoporosis or osteoarthritis, there may be several strategies that a chiropractor can leverage to foster improvements in your condition, but traditional medical treatment is still advised. This remains true with other advanced forms of arthritis and bone density changes. Moreover, although chiropractic care can help restore optimal immune system functioning, local and systemic infections typically require conventional medical treatment as well.

Chiropractic care can provide fast, lasting relief for a number of functional and musculoskeletal issues on its own. When it is incapable of performing as an effective standalone solution, it may be able to seamlessly supplement conventional medical care to improve short and long-term prognoses, promote higher levels of comfort, and foster a faster return to good health. With a diverse range of natural strategies for improving multiple aspects of a person’s well-being, this care can be beneficial at all stages of life and at all levels of health. How it’s used and the benefits it’s able to provide are largely determined by individual circumstances and needs. If you’re ready to receive chiropractic therapies that can improve your range of motion, your balance, and your general well-being, we can help you get started. Call us today at 205-637-1363.

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