Are chiropractors "Anti-medicine?"
It may appear that way to some, so I like to approach this topic in a common sense fasion.
If the check engine light comes on in your car, you probably check for the simpler problems first before scrapping the entire engine. And in most cases, a new engine isn't necessary.
When someone comes to our office, we are looking to see FIRST: is their problem one that chiriopractic can help? SECOND: what's it gonna take to fix it?
In cases where a patient is, for instance, in severe pain, I will often refer out for them to consult with a medical doctor regarding pain pills, muscle relaxers, or even steroid injections. We usually don't have to go this route, but thank God for good medical doctors who can help out in these situations.
In other cases where a patient is perhaps not responding to chiropractic care as quickly as they should, or maybe they aren't responding well at all, I will often refer for a surgical consult.
Long story short, we aim to fix problems with the least invasive treatments first. Then, if those are only mildly benefial or not beneficial at all, we will explore other medical treatments.