What is the difference between a Chiropractor and an Orthopedic Surgeon?

An Orthopedic Surgeon and a Chiropractor are both doctors specialized in the bone and the muscular system.  The difference between them is their methods of treating spinal and bone diseases.

An Orthopedic Surgeon treats spinal and bone diseases with drugs such as pain killers, NSAIDS, muscle relaxants etc and invasive surgery.

A Chiropractor does not use drugs or perform surgery on patients.  Instead, a Chiropractor would use spinal manual manipulation (adjustments) to re-align the problematic spine and relieve the stress on the spinal nerves, therefore alleviating patient’s pain.  This type of treatment has no side effects and is safe for patients of all ages.  A Chiropractor will also incorporate physiotherapy such as moist heat, traction, electrotherapy, ultrasound, rehabilitative exercises and nutritional counseling in the treatment protocol.