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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What should i do when my doctor and chiropractor disagree on treatment?

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    Dr. Aaron Albrecht works at Body Wise Chiropractic in Bibra Lake, Western Australia. The clinic is located within a gym, and Dr. Albrecht is the … View Profile

    Hi,
    This is a complex question but revolves around one main factor. What would you prefer? It is your body and you are free to choose whichever treatment you feel most comfortable with. That said, it is often advisable to start at the more conservative end of the treatment possibilities and progress to more and more invasive/aggresive treatments only if and when they are required.

    An example of this is the common practice of performing surgery for even minor disc bulges. This is not always necessary as the condition can be treated with good results in a more conservative manner, without the risks posed by possible complications of spinal surgery. The more aggressive treatments should only be employed when the conservative treatments are shown not to work.

    The other thing you could do is seek a second opinion from a practitioner in each profession, or consult as many other practitioners as you see fit until you are comfortable with someone who you think will be frank and honest with you.

    All of these things may affect your decision making, and will also have to take into account the specific condition you refer to.

    Hope this helps at least a little.

    -Dr. A

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    low force chiropractor for 27 years experienced in SOT AK diversified activator proficient and Neural organizaiton techniqu proficient. seminars given in perth auckland and sydney … View Profile

    I agree with Dr Albrechts response but wanted to include the following as it is difficult for the average member of society to stand up to the medical profession.
    Your body is a self regulating mechanism and a chiropractor is trained to advise you as to when you need medical intervention.but i dont beleive a medical doctor is trained to when to refer to a chiropractor. here lies the difference.
    A chiropractor studies for 6 years, the first two years is the same as a GP and then a chiro student will specialize in neuroanatomy, spinal adjsutive techniques, pathology and up to date diagnostics. the time spent is the same amount of time as it takes to be a general practitoner . It is your body and your entitled to know all the treatments availble to you for your specific problem but a medcal doctor is trained differiently than a chiropractor and here lies the difference the philosoply of health is one of difference. In canada they give one free treatment a month on medicare this makes semse,. If the new hospitals had chiropractic. massage. naturopathy and homeopathy the society would be much healthier and you the public would have the choice as what you wanted but the medical profession only refers to physiotherapy they rarely refer to chiropractors as we are doctors in our own right. let alone other modalities.. You must choose what doctor or doctors YOU want to see. The more the general public speaks out the sooner we will have a health reform to include freedom of choice with respect to how our bodies are treated..

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