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By: Dr. Donna A. Pontoriero, Chiropractor

The field of Chiropractic has existed for over 100 years. Chiropractors are licensed doctors who are required to pass a series of four national board exams and are regulated by state licensing boards. They are medical professionals who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders.

A chiropractor can use many different techniques to relieve pain, including applied pressure, massage, and hands-on manipulation (adjustment) of the vertebrae and joints. They may also order X-rays, MRI studies, and lab work. Chiropractors don't prescribe medications, but they do recommend such things as therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and nutritional and lifestyle counseling to help the body heal itself.

Chiropractors believe one of the main causes of back or neck pain is subluxation. Subluxation occurs when your vertebrae become misaligned. Treating subluxations can help to alleviate pain associated with a myriad of conditions, including headaches; sciatica; trauma, such as whiplash; scoliosis; leg pain; sports injuries; bursitis and tendinitis; fibromyalgia; and spinal arthritis (spondylosis).

Sometimes chiropractic care (e.g., an adjustment) can cause mild soreness or aching, but that usually resolves itself within 12 to 48 hours.

Please contact our office if you would like further evaluation on your condition.

Dr. Donna Pontoriero can be reached at 299 Franklin Ave, Nutley NJ 07110, 973-235-9393.