Always ice, never heat
“Patients always prefer heat on a sore spot after a treatment because it feels better at the time. The problem is that when you have acute injuries to the joints, putting heat on the back can cause more swelling and prolong healing time. So putting ice on the initial injury will help my job be a little easier and help injuries recover faster.” —Joseph McNamara, DACNB, FACFN, DC, BS and owner of McNamara Chiropractic in Cumming, Georgia
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I can’t fix bad surgery
“The worst thing patients can do is go out and have surgery first. Musculoskeletal surgery is permanent and is not always successful. Then they come to us and want us to try to make it better. Sometimes we can help but really it would be better if they saw a chiropractor first, before going under the knife.” —Jeff Williams, DC, Creek Stone Integrated Care in Amarillo, Texas
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Your boss doesn’t care about your bad back
“Work responsibilities tend to cause people to take on more than they can or should. Many times I’ll see some great early progress only to see the patient go and aggravate their complaint because they didn’t want to get in trouble at work or in school athletics.” —Jeff Williams