Chiropractor vs. Physical Therapy: Which Option Do I Choose?

Chiropractor vs. Physical Therapy: Which Option Do I Choose?

Should I see a chiropractor or seek physical therapy for my pain?

I have been a practicing Physical Therapist for 26 years. I am often asked, “Should I see a Chiropractor for my problem? Or, should I see a Physical Therapist?”

I have had the opportunity, over the years, to work with many skilled Chiropractors to treat and help patients recover from their injuries or movement dysfunctions. Depending on the type of problem which may be acute or chronic, spinal, or dealing with the extremities, the skill set or specialty of the Physical Therapist or Chiropractor, are what determines a successful outcome.

A Physical Therapist or Chiropractor, in my experience, can work together using their unique skills and area of specialty, to help all patients that have a spine or extremity problem.

The Chiropractor will typically treat with manual or mechanical adjustments/manipulations of the spine or extremities, to reduce dysfunction and pain. In addition, it is also common that the Chiropractor will utilize, but not be limited to heat, cold, massage, and electrical modalities, for  pain management.

The Physical Therapist will approach a patients problems by evaluating movement imbalances, strength, balance and pain assessment.  It is common practice that both the PT and Chiropractor’s treatment approach can overlap and be quite similar. In the end, both professional interventions can compliment each other for the purpose of helping the patients we treat.

In my opinion…communication, mutual respect for each others treatment skills, and understanding the patients needs, will determine a successful outcome for the patient.  When dealing patients that have spine injuries, I feel that there is a time that both professions can benefit the patient.

So back to the question, “Should I see a Physical Therapist or a Chiropractor?  I believe this should be answered by looking at the patients age, physical condition, or type of problem/injury. It is possible that both the PT and the Chiropractor would be beneficial for the patient.  The best advice would be to discuss the issues at hand, with your primary care physician or call one of the Physical Therapist at Excel for recommendations. Remember, we as professionals  are all working together to improve YOUR quality of life.

— Todd Petty, PT, Central Tulsa Excel Therapy Location


Excel Therapy Demonstrates “Cupping” on the News on 6

Cupping, Excel Therapy Oklahoma, Physical Therapy, Ryan Flanary

ATTENTION ATHLETES! Just in time for the busy sports season, our very own, Ryan Flanary, PT, is here to assist you! Ryan appeared on KOTV – The News On 6 to demonstrate the ins and outs of CUPPING–the procedure made famous by this years Olympic Games. Watch to see if this technique is right for you.

And, if the bruising left by cupping is not your cup of tea, you’ll be happy to know there ARE other alternatives. Like Dry Needling and ASTYM Therapy, just to name a few. SEEK THE RELIEF YOU DESERVE THIS SEASON AND CALL EXCEL THERAPY TODAY!!


Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy: The Key Ingredient for Athletes.

A female high school volleyball player is sitting at the doctors office to get a look at her injury. Her physical therapist is working on her knee.

Another school year is about to get cranked up! And, with the busyness of all that school brings, comes activities that pull families in every direction. Whether it’s drama, dance, cheer, band, football or volleyball, the interests are wide and we ask our bodies to give more as we demand more.

We spend an extraordinary amount time finding the right coach, the right equipment, the right opportunities, the right food, the right fitness, and the right team. This culture has become an ever increasing portion of student life. These pursuits are a significant part of who we are and the activities bring us great joy and fulfillment.

The big question that must be addressed is what happens when we encounter an injury that potentially could limit our performance or involvement. As important as the equipment, team or training—is the role of a sports medicine resource.

Sports medicine is as important to the performer and athlete as is the baseball bat held in the hands of the clean up hitter. Orthopedic and sports physical therapy is the key ingredient that might be missing from your routine.

Having a relationship with a physical therapist that has knowledge of the process of injury, rehabilitation, and recovery is extremely important. When you encounter a challenge in your training or performance, a relationship with a PT could be your key to returning to activity as soon as possible.

Oklahoma now has direct access for care so the initiation of care following injury could happen the same day of injury. Delaying care is the greatest hurdle to a speedy recovery.

Get ready for the upcoming year of competition. Rehearse, practice, train, stretch, grow, build, conquer, and be sure to develop a relationship with a PT that can be a constant part of your health, fitness, and recovery. Excel Therapy has a tremendous staff of PT’s with knowledge and experience that will likely benefit you, as your reach and strive for greatness.  Let us be a part of your team! And go out there and HAVE A GREAT YEAR!

Shawn Mayes Midtown Tulsa Oklahoma Physical Therapy Excel Therapy

— Shawn Mayes, PT, DPT, Excel Therapy, Midtown Tulsa