Chiropractic: Finally Getting Some Credit!

More and more people are trying Chiropractic and loving it.

Many happy patients have recommended their Chiropractor to a good friend or colleague. Why? Simple answer: it works! Sometimes you have to try something to know if it works for you and this is exactly why Chiropractic is as successful as it is despite many criticisms.

I’ve been practising as a Doctor of Chiropractic for about 2 years now and have seen my share of back pain conditions. If I combine that with the 3 information-packed years it took me to gain my Doctorate in Chiropractic I have 5 focused years in the study and science of helping people find a solution to their back and neck issues.

Admittedly this isn’t a terrible amount of time in the space-time continuum however what I have seen happen by my own hands with the Chiropractic arts is nothing short of incredible.

My story with Chiropractic…

I grew up in blue-collar, hard-working Dickinson, North Dakota. I never thought I’d become a Doctor of anything if I’m being honest. In fact like many Millennials (many of which still don’t know what to do with their lives!) I had no clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. But that would all change…

I was 18 years old in 2003 and I had taken a construction job with my uncle for the summer. My uncle had a reputation for hard work and was respected. If you are from a small town you know how hard work is something of a badge of honour in a small town. It is surprising how many conversations are around that simple phrase: Hard Work.

Building houses was a good man skill to learn while I figured out what the heck to do with my life.

We were working 80 hour weeks with little time to do much else. This is when I had my first experience with lower back pain. Working bent over in all sorts of positions day after day was getting to me. Then it all came crashing down, literally…

The Fall

I was told to retrieve something from the back of a semi-truck trailer. The trailer was extremely full and I was standing on my big toe on a strip of metal about 2 inches wide at the back of the trailer. It was cold and icy. While reaching my foot slipped and I fell flat on my back about 5 feet down.

I didn’t hear any crunches so I figured that was good, but my back hurt considerably. I didn’t lose any feeling in my legs but my back was lit on fire with pain and muscle spasms. It didn’t take long to figure out that I didn’t want to do construction my entire life. I remember thinking “will this pain ever go away?”

My mother had seen a chiropractor in the past when she fell off a ladder painting our house. She said he fixed her back. You see where I’m going here, so I scheduled with my mother’s Chiropractor.

My First Visit

The first visit was spectacular, to say the least. The Doctor asked me a bunch of questions about my health and how the incident occurred. He then gently coached me about how he would adjust my spine and that will help correct the issue. He said I had to come 8 times on a twice per week schedule. After visit 6 I had no noticeable pain. On top of that, all the pain I had been feeling before the accident became apparent.

I had no pain for the first time in my life. I literally thought it was magical. How could someone take my pain away simply by cracking my back? It was amazing. I was hooked. Sadly I only had two treatments left but I didn’t have back pain for years after that. It was that good for me, good as ice cream.

During my treatment, I noticed how many happy people were leaving the office, pain relieved. This was my calling. For the first time in my life did I see something to do that was completely helping people. The Doctor was all smiles every day which was a drastic change from the scowls many of my construction workers wore on a daily basis. (I don’t blame them for we were always underpaid, overworked, understaffed, and always messing something up with their bodies.)

Why I became a Doctor of Chiropractic

I wanted to have that special ability to help people feel better without pain

To literally make everyday activities possible again.

To really contribute to people’s health. 

So I made my dream a reality and I couldn’t be happier for it.

Chiropractic has been on the ropes time and time again. We have been scrutinized, put-down, and conspired against. Chiropractic always comes out still intact. Why is that? Chiropractic works and people are beginning to give Chiropractic credit.

A new guideline out Tuesday from the American College of Physicians has changed its position on clinical recommendations regarding chronic back pain.

For patients with chronic low back pain, clinicians and patients should initially select nonpharmacologic treatment with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction (moderate-quality evidence), tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation, electromyography biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, operant therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or spinal manipulation (low-quality evidence). (Grade: strong recommendation)

We see it every day in our patients and I always say you have to try something for yourself to see if it works for you. Chiropractic is a great tool. Emergency Medicine is a great tool. Physical Therapy is a great tool. The issue comes up when people try to use a great tool for something it isn’t that good at solving.

Chiropractic as a tool

Chiropractic is one of the best tools for back and neck pain. Period. There are plenty of resources on this.

“In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal”

There is an epidemic in our country regarding prescription painkiller addictions which harm so many families here in the US. I am happy to be on the front of a non-invasive and effective treatment that has no risk of painkiller addiction. If you have never tried Chiropractic, I would bet you’ll be as surprised as I was in regards to pain relief.

Yours in health,

Dr. Dustin Dukart


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