I am not really sure that this is a “myth.” If you follow this link, you can see that I neither tell people to go to chiropractors, nor avoid them.
Two people close to me – my sister, who is an RN, and one of my best friends who is an attorney – swear that chiropractors have helped them significantly. A lot of medical doctors now refer some patients to chiropractors.
I cannot say that insurance adjusters always disregard chiropractor bills, or that they assume that people treated by chiropractors are faking. But I have heard enough adjusters and insurance lawyers deprecate chiropractors that one of the last things I am going to do is recommend that you see a chiropractor before you have seen a doctor.
And I have also seen chiropractors generate huge bills from repeated manipulations and adjustments. You might think this is good – insurance adjusters are influenced by the cost of treatment – but if an insurance doctor testifies that the extensive treatment is unnecessary, and the jury agrees, you might be stuck with a large bill that you cannot pay.
I have a gut feeling that most jurors are reluctant to give the credibility to a chiropractor that they would give to an orthopedic surgeon, or a neurologist, or to any medical doctor or osteopath. Chiropractors cannot operate or prescribe medications – medical doctors can.
To quote my earlier blog on this issue: “Seek the treatment you think is most likely to help you; but rely on medical doctors and the treatment they prescribe whenever possible.”
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. Lots of my clients have seen chiropractors. If you are wondering whether a chiropractor is right for you, I will be happy to talk with you about it. Give me, a Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer, a call. My phone is 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed. All discussions are limited to Ohio law unless otherwise indicated. And past performance cannot be used to predict future results.