There's good and bad practitioners in all types of health care (I'm a chiropractor btw) but I don't agree with the general medical approach to musculoskeletal conditions, which seems to be to react to pain by masking it with pain killers or by hacking bits off. Surely it is better to identify and deal with what may be causing it in the first place e.g. functional issues. Structural issues or pathology are a different matter.
It makes me laugh when medical doctors are held in such high regard just because they have a medical qualification. In my experience, most GPs wouldn't have a clue how to treat a musculoskeletal problem (and I've had one as a patient who admitted as much). The majority are just a gate-keeper for referral or basically to triage any red flag cases. Don't get me wrong, there are some great GPs out there and I respect medical doctors but I think the westernised medical system is all geared towards targets and £££ and not about the well-being of the patient at all.
Case in point - a recent patient with a 20 year history of disc prolapse and degeneration was fobbed off with pain killers and NSAIDS for all that time and is now left with massive structural changes, chronic pain and neurogenic claudication which (surprise, surprise) won't react to medication. Now, if this condition had been dealt with properly 20 years ago (ergonomic, lifestyle, postural, functional, stability advice, exercises etc), they would have had a decent chance of a fit and active, pain free life. To me that borders on negligence, but it is all too common nowadays. I see it time and time again.
People want a quick fix to be pain free i.e. pop a pill ('evidence shows it's just as effective' blah, blah). That's fine in some cases, but in others it won't prevent degenerative processes if the underlying functional causes aren't identified and addressed! Sorry, bit of a rant, but there you go...
'Medical' qualifications: Masters degree in Chiropractic (4 years full time undergraduate training, including 12 months in a clinic environment) for those who want a 'chuckle'