21 April, 2017
As a teenager, I was very active and over time developed knee pain. I went along to the family physiotherapist to get myself out of pain and back into running again. After one year and two different physio clinics, I was still in pain and barely able to run despite taping, religiously doing rehab exercises and attending weekly and sometimes twice-weekly treatments.
By chance, my father met a Chiropractor whilst out on his daily run. Through this chance meeting, they got to talking and he began seeing this chiropractor. After the success my parents had experienced seeing him, they took me along too.
After a short period of time, I was no longer waking up in the night with pain. I was able to run. Subsequently, I also stopped suffering headaches which, without even realising, had become a constant in my life. These results and success cemented the idea that I wanted to become a Chiropractor.
What’s the difference between Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists?
As a Chiropractor, I am asked this question frequently. I am of course biased because of my own personal experience and investment in becoming a Chiropractor.
I have been treated by all three professions and I have learnt a lot from my friends and colleagues who are of part of these varied professions. There are brilliant therapists across all three professions but like any other profession, there are also some duds.
Why have I written this today? Because we are more alike than we are different. Each of these professions aims to help patients and inspire healthier communities. When you injure yourself, it’s best to find a good practitioner, rather than a specific profession, that works best for you.
I’ve presented the differences between Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists in a table below. I have previously read many different spot-the-difference articles that cleverly disguise facts with emotive wording to persuade you toward a particular profession. I have highlighted the differences in green within this objective list to make it easier to identify. No hiding anything here!
If you have any further insights, please let me know! I have a passion for this field and am continually learning.
A side fact that I discovered whilst researching for this piece; the number of Physiotherapists in Victoria is roughly equal to the total number of Chiropractors and Osteopaths in all of Australia.
How do you pick the right therapist for your injury or condition?
As I’ve demonstrated above, it’s about finding the right practitioner for YOU. It doesn’t matter if your neighbour says that they see the “most fabulous chiropractor”, or that they tried Dr. Y with no results. You are unique and so is your health and your specific injury.
Speak to the practitioner and see if you feel comfortable with them and their understanding of your body. Check out our checklist for picking the right practitioner for you in next week’s edition.
About the author:
Dr Cassie Atkinson-Quinton, our Moonee Ponds Chiropractor has been around the track with various running and yoga related injuries taking her to Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Podiatrists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Massage Therapists, Chinese Medicine Doctors and more. She has felt confused and frustrated trying to find the right solution for her pain and health concerns. She was drawn into Chiropractic after discovering the holistic approach it takes. Locked up joints, tight and weak muscles, poor posture, inflammation and unsupportive lifestyles all contribute to pain so it makes sense to address all these factors to treat pain.