Chiropractors diagnose, treat, and seek to prevent issues involving the back, flexibility, repetitive motion strains to the back, and neuromusculoskeletal system issues. Chiropractic is one of the newer areas of medicine. Structured training and education to become a chiropractor is three years of schooling. Chiropractors are not considered doctors by the American Medical Association. This may be because a traditional medical school education is not required for certification as a chiropractor, or the fact that chiropractics falls within the area of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM). Even though chiropractic is in the realm of CAM, it is accepted as a regular area of medicine by most doctors and many insurance providers. The basis of chiropractic treatment involves manipulation of the spine and soft tissues (muscles, connective tissues) of the back to restore flexibility and ease pain. Chiropractic utilizes manipulations and exercises while trying to avoid invasive surgical treatments or medications. Chiropractors will also recommend stretches, exercises, dietary changes, supplements, and lifestyle changes to patients as part of treatment.
Mistakes a chiropractor can make are misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or incompetence in manipulating the spine or neck vertebrae. Dealing with the spine leaves small room for error, as further injury in this area can cause paralysis or death.
If you believe you or a loved one suffered harm or a worsening of a condition due to an error made by a chiropractor, you may be eligible for damages. Contact the experts at the Sweeney Law Firm and let us review the facts to see if you have a medical provider malpractice case. If we decide to take your case, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless there is a settlement or recovery of funds for you.