Each year close to one million Albertans find relief from pain and lead healthier, more active lives thanks to chiropractic care. Alberta’s licensed Doctors of Chiropractic, or chiropractors, are specifically educated and trained to diagnose, treat and prevent conditions related to the spine, nervous system and musculoskeletal system.
More than half of Albertans have visited a chiropractor.
Patients seek treatment from a chiropractor for:
- Back and neck pain
- Motor vehicle accident injuries
- Sports injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Strains and sprains
Chiropractors work with patients to resolve pain, discomfort and restricted range of motion that can result from injury. Once patients feel better, many continue to see their chiropractor to help prevent further injury.
2011 Consumer Reports respondents preferred chiropractic
over medication, deep-tissue massage and over-the-counter remedies
for back and neck pain.
Chiropractors are also trained to recommend rehabilitative exercises, and can offer nutritional and general health and wellness counseling. A chiropractor does not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, but may refer to a medical specialist for treatment when appropriate.
Treatment you can count on
More than 80% of Albertans will experience back pain.
Research continues to prove the value of chiropractic care with consistently high marks for clinical effectiveness, cost efficiency and patient satisfaction. Chiropractic treatment has excellent return-to-work outcomes and has held the highest satisfaction ratings among injured workers for almost a decade.
As chiropractic is a non-invasive approach to common musculoskeletal conditions, the risk of a serious side effect is extremely low. Millions of back, neck and joint adjustments are performed safely every year in Canada.
Well-educated and highly trained spine care experts
Doctors of Chiropractic complete a minimum of seven years of accredited post-secondary education, including a four-year, chiropractic-specific program focusing on neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. In addition to 4,500 classroom hours, students treat patients in a supervised clinic setting during their final two years of education.
To practice in Alberta, chiropractors must pass stringent national competency exams and maintain ongoing professional competency through approved seminars and courses.
No referral required
Referrals are not needed to see a chiropractor, and treatment is covered by most extended health plans, making chiropractic treatment easily accessible for most Albertans. To locate a chiropractor in your area visit www.albertachiro.com and click on Find a Chiropractor. You can also ask family, friends and colleagues for a recommendation; you may be surprised by how many see a chiropractor.