Chiropractors tend to be more about delivering care and adjusting, Osteopaths tend to be more in line with the medical community with more diagnostic testing and procedures, and less about adjustments.
Hope that helps.
Sorry to hear about your low back pain, but this is a good question. Many years ago, there was not much difference between chiropractors and osteopaths. The main difference was that the osteopathic theory about the cause of back pain was that spinal misalignment interfered with blood flow, causing pain. The chiropractic theory was that spinal misalignment
interfered with nerve impulses, causing pain. Both felt that the solution was to adjust the spine removing the restriction and interference, letting the body heal. Osteopathic adjustments tended to be of large areas.
For lower back pain, I would choose a chiropractor as we are trained for 4 years on spinal issues and the conservative treatment of these issues. Osteopaths are trained in gross manipulation of the spine with specific procedures similar and different than chiropractors. Osteopaths also have the ability to prescribe medicine unlike chiropractors who have a more natural approach. Having worked with osteopaths, I have found that chiropractic adjustment are much more precise when done. You will get results either way but, in my opinion, a good sports medicine/orthopedic chiropractor will be able to diagnose, treat, and correct lower back pain.
Osteopathic doctors chose the route of writing prescriptions abondoning the manipulation of subluxations (misaligned bones). However, in my opinion they have the best of both worlds if they choose. They can write scripts and manipulate if they chose to be proficient at musculoskeletal cases. Most choose to write scripts managing their patients. It’s a good profession to be in as well. As Chiropractors we primarily focus on the subluxation part. Love getting adjusted. From babies to the senior citizens. ❤️
couple of good friends who have been through DO school, which is where my information comes from.) The opposite is true in chiropractic. The adjustment is still the mainstay of chiropractic treatment today. Some DCs (Doctor of Chiropractic) use physiotherapy modalities (like electrical muscle stimulation, utlrasound therapy, etc.) and soft tissue modalities (such as massage or IASTM - Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) alongside CMT, but almost all DCs use adjustments with all (or nearly all) of their patients. There are some DCs who don't do adjusting, but they are the exception. (I am a chiropractor who adjusts basically every patient, which is why I know about this.) So, unless you are able to find a DO who uses OMT as an integral part of their practice, they are probably not going to be very good at it, if they do it at all. Which ever you choose, I recommend that you go to a
practitioner who does their particular manipulative treatment with almost all of their patients day in and day out. That way you receive the benefit of all that experience.