I am Dr. Adam J. Friedman and I am your Margate chiropractor! Licensed and experienced as a chiropractor for 15 years, it’s my goal to make this site an informative place for you to learn about chiropractic care and answer any questions you may have.
Along with these posts, I hope my videos will inform as well as bring readers some relief from their aches and pains.
It’s interesting to me that so many people hear the words “chiropractor” and freeze.
I’ve had people tell me they’re terrified of anything to do with the spine; they’ve heard stories – stories of paralysis, brain damage and almost every other atrocity that can be attributed to, really, any medical procedure or stroke of bad luck. Personally, I find it amazing how much misinformation there is out there about chiropractic medicine.
But before you can believe in what I write, you need to know about me.
After graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, I went on to receive my Doctorate of Chiropractic at Palmer College, in Iowa. From 2006- through 2011, I practiced at Rockside Chiropractic, in Garfield, Ohio.
It was here that I realized – in addition to my training in chiropractic’s – that my psychology training would also be an asset in helping patients fully understand their Chiropractic and health issues.
In 2011, I moved to Advanced Orthopedics and Physical Therapy, where I actively participated in an integrated medical, chiropractic and physical therapy clinic which offered family and occupation medicine, chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage and aquatic therapy.
While you can readily find out all of this – as well as all my other training – online, it is important for you to understand that I also see myself as a teacher, someone who can help you become your own health advocate.
Chiropractors are trained to focus on the relationships between the body’s’ structure. While we focus primarily on the proper function of the spine, we use a variety of treatment approaches to perform adjustments – sometimes called manipulations – with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
A chiropractic college grants a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. As part of my education, I completed a residency working with real patients in a clinical setting, supervised by licensed chiropractors. I needed to pass national board exams as well as necessary state exams. You should know that chiropractors are licensed as health care providers in every US state as well as in many countries around the world.
The biggest difference in training between chiropractors and medical doctors is not in their curriculum or the time spent in a classroom, but in their method of treatment. As a chiropractor, I believe in a physical solution, such as adjustments, exercises, stretches and muscle therapy to help the body heal from many things that are physical in origin. Most people see their medical doctor when they have a symptom to be treated; chiropractors can improve spinal alignment and overall well-being before physical symptoms develop.
I believe that prevention and a healthy lifestyle beats pain killers and other pharmaceuticals each and every time.
In my practice, I view everyone as an individual. I may combine spinal adjustments with other manual therapies with several other treatments and approaches to include heat and ice and electrical stimulation. I may suggest some relaxation techniques as well as information on rehabilitation, general exercise, dietary and lifestyle changes. No procedure is one-size-fits all; I gear my treatment to the individual. The patient deserves this – at each and every visit, in each and every answer to a question posed.
As a society, we are becoming more educated about the misuse of drugs as well as experiencing rising medical costs. By investigating complementary medical procedures, more and more people are choosing to add “Chiropractor” to their cell phone contacts.
I truly love what I do – and I hope this site helps you understand more about chiropractic medicine – what it can do by itself, or in conjunction with acupuncture, massage therapy and physical therapy. We serve the communities of Margate, Coral Springs and Coconut Creek Florida.
Let me hear from you – 954-495-6564 – no question is too small or too large.
Yours in Health!
Dr. Adam J. Friedman, Chiropractor for Personal Injury Cases in South Florida