physical therapy vs chirpractor which is better

Chiropractor vs physical therapist? Which strategy will help you heal faster, eliminate pain, and recover more completely? It’s one of the most common questions we are asked at Team Rehab and the answer is, well, a bit tricky. Read on to learn:

  • why chiropractic care alone can leave you with lingering aches and pain,
  • answers to top faq’s about chiropractor vs physical therapist care, and
  • misconceptions about physical therapy that are preventing you from seeking care NOW.

Misconceptions About Physical Therapy

  1. People still feel like they have to get a referral to get a physical therapist – this actually hasn’t been the case for decades. You do NOT need a referral for physical therapy.
  2. I can’t get physical therapy because I haven’t been injured.  Even if you randomly develop pain in your body for any reason at all, you can see a physical therapist.

FAQs – Chiropractor vs Physical Therapy

Additional Resources:

Your Comprehensive Guide to Chiropractic Care Following an Accident
Who Pays For Care? Understand Your Personal Injury Benefit Protection

Get In Touch With Our Team Of Expert Providers


No Fields Found.
20 replies
  1. Ellie Davis
    Ellie Davis says:

    It’s interesting to know that you do not need a referral for physical therapy. My brother got injured recently, and we are looking for advice to help him with his recovery. I will let him know that he does not need a referral to find the best physical therapist to help him.

    Reply
    • Team Rehab
      Team Rehab says:

      Thank you for your comment Ellie. Yes it is something that a lot of people don’t realize. Physical Therapist have a doctorate level education so insurance companies allow patients to have direct access to PT without the need of a referral. Saves patients money and time not having to go to there primary care doctor first. If your brothers in the area have him give us a call we would be happy to help.

      Reply
  2. Dennis Sanchez
    Dennis Sanchez says:

    I’m glad you mentioned that you don’t need a serious injury to visit a physical therapist. My wife recently sprained her ankle while we were out for a morning jog. It seems like visit a physical therapist could help her recover quickly.

    Reply
    • Team Rehab
      Team Rehab says:

      Sorry to hear about your wife’s ankle. A physical therapist is a great place to start. We will not only help her heal from injury but at the same time we will strengthen her ankle to help prevent future sprains. Remember physical therapist are direct access so no referral needed just call and start healing.

      Reply
  3. Callum Palmer
    Callum Palmer says:

    I feel that for some things, you should go to one and not the other. If I was having back problems, then a chiropractor would be needed. I’ve been dealing with a leg injury that I got a long time ago. With this, I think it would be best to go with a physical therapist instead.

    Reply
    • Team Rehab
      Team Rehab says:

      I understand your thought process on this but physical therapist are great with back pain/problems as well to identify the weak area and work on stabilizing it. You may be correct with your leg injury, depending on what type of injury it is a chiropractor may not be appropriate for treatment. This is why at all 3 of our Team Rehab location we offer physical therapy and chiropractic services. We find that this gives patients the best option in treatment and often the two modalities co-treat which we find provides a great outcome for our patients. I hope you find a solution to help with your leg pain, long term pain is not easy to deal with.

      Reply
  4. Callum Worsfold
    Callum Worsfold says:

    I have suffered from an injury lately, and was not sure what kind of treatment will help me heal soon- chiropractic care or physical therapy? Well, the above write-up has cleared all my doubts. Starting from specifying the differences between physical therapists and chiropractors to answering FAQs about both the procedures, the author has exerted the utmost effort so that readers can make an informed decision without hassle.

    Reply
    • Team Rehab
      Team Rehab says:

      Sorry to hear about your recent injury. I am glad that our recent article has given you some clarity between the two practices and which might be best suited for your type of injury. We at Team Rehab wish you a speedy recover and stay tuned for more helpful posts.

      Reply
  5. Jenna Hunter
    Jenna Hunter says:

    My cousin’s back has really been bugging her ever since she started her new job and she wants to get it fixed or do something to it so that she can get back to her normal life. Getting a professional to work with her could be really nice and help her improve faster. It was interesting to learn about how physical therapy is best used on soft tissue and when muscles are weak, tight, swelling, or have a lot of tension.

    Reply
    • Team Rehab
      Team Rehab says:

      We are sorry to hear about your cousins back issues. Choosing a good physical therapist who is trained in manual therapy techniques will certainly help your cousin get through this daily pain and help her strengthen those areas that are causing her problems so she can get back to her normal activities.

      Reply
    • Team Rehab
      Team Rehab says:

      Thank you for the kind words! It’s important for people to know the difference between the two as well as the great benefits they provide.

      Reply
  6. Derek McDoogle
    Derek McDoogle says:

    My cousin suffered an injury in his knee and he says that it is not too painful but still bothers him when jugging. I like how you said that physical therapy is recommended when soft tissue is involved. I will recommend him to look for a local hospital where he can get treatment.

    Reply
    • Team Rehab
      Team Rehab says:

      Sorry to hear about your cousins knee. A physical therapist is a great place to start. Make sure he asks if they are a manual therapist or not. Manual therapist are more hands on and will help the soft tissue heal faster while also strengthening and correcting any structural issue that may be involved.

      Reply
  7. Ron Booker
    Ron Booker says:

    I like how you said that physical therapy is recommended when soft tissue is involved. I will share this information with my sister to help her find a good physical therapist. It will be for her husband who slipped in the bathroom a day ago, and he is complaining of the pain in his lower back.

    Reply
    • Team Rehab
      Team Rehab says:

      Hello Ron,
      Sorry to hear about your brother in law. Finding a good physical therapist will definitely help take care of his soft tissue injuries and help regain strength and function to that area. Thank you for reading our bog!

      Reply
  8. Zachary Tomlinson
    Zachary Tomlinson says:

    My dad has been experiencing muscle pain and tightness on his right shoulder and we both think this already needs medical attention. I never knew that chiropractors deal with skeletal issues, and I believe that my dad requires a physical therapist at this point. Thanks for helping me understand the difference between a chiropractor and a physical therapist!

    Reply
  9. Ellie Davis
    Ellie Davis says:

    I liked that you mentioned chiropractic care will help you to treat structural issues that involve your skeleton. I have been struggling with lower back pain for a couple of weeks now, and we are looking for advice about what to do. I will make sure to take your advice into consideration to choose the right chiropractor to help me.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *