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What makes a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DABCO) different from a regular Chiropractor (DC) ?

Of course, all chiropractors are specialists in treating the musculoskeletal system. However, a chiropractor who is a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DABCO) or who is a Diplomate of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DACO) has more extensive training in the subject than other chiropractors. A board certified chiropractic orthopedic specialist is committed to extensive ongoing education in the treatment and management of a wide array of orthopedic conditions that may require the use of advanced techniques.

DABCO/DACO specialists can treat acute problems such as sports injuries and occupational injuries, as well as chronic musculoskeletal problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia and scoliosis. A chiropractic orthopedist has specialized knowledge of the muscles, bones, cartilage, joints, tendons, ligaments, other connective tissue and nerve structures. A DABCO/DACO specialist is trained in ordering and interpreting advanced diagnostics such as x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), DEXA scanning, diagnostic ultrasound  and nuclear medicine studies to determine the nature of your problem and how it can best be treated.

He or she may use a number of different non-invasive techniques to return a patient to wellness, including manual manipulation, physiologic therapeutics such as massage, nutrition, joint supports, infrared, electric muscle stimulation, orthotics, corrective devices, therapeutic exercise and other rehabilitative protocols.

To become certified as a DABCO/DACO specialist, a Doctor of Chiropractic must complete a three- to four-year post-graduate training program and pass a rigorous written and clinical exam. He or she must also meet continuing education requirements in chiropractic orthopedics in order to qualify for periodic recertification every few years.

It is common for DABCO/DACO specialists to treat joint, nerve and muscle pain in the neck, shoulders, back, elbows, wrists and knees. If you or someone you care about has been suffering from a musculoskeletal problem, a DABCO/DACO specialist may be able to treat the problem in a way that avoids the risks associated with drugs and surgery.  

Dr. Steve Alukonis is the only Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists in the Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral area and one of very few in the county

To learn more, please call or visit our office! 321-783-1960

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Dr. Steve Alukonis graduated from Life Chiropractic College in 1981. He started his practice in Cocoa Beach in 1981. He is a Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist and a Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedist.

What Is Chiropractic?

The Art of Chiropractic

The Science of Chiropractic

The Philosophy of Chiropractic

The Chiropractic Education

Conditions Treated

  • Common Musculoskeletal Conditions Treated

  • Common Injuries Treated

  • Non-Musculoskeletal Conditions Treated


Common musculoskeletal conditions treated:

  • low back pain and stiffness

  • neck and upper back pain and stiffness

  • mid back pain and stiffness

  • headaches and migraines

  • leg pain, weakness, numbness and tingling

  • arm pain, weakness, numbness and tingling

  • extremity joint pain and dysfunction

  • carpal tunnel syndrome

Common injuries treated:

  • automobile accident and whiplash injuries

  • on-the-job and lifting injuries

  • sports/athletic injuries

  • slip and fall injuries

  • chronic injuries

Non-musculoskeletal conditions which studies have shown benefit from chiropractic:

  • asthma

  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

  • dizziness and dysequilibrium

  • dysmenorrhea

  • infantile colic

  • low energy levels

  • otitis media (ear infection)

  • ulcers

Cold Laser Therapy 

Spinal Decompression

Auto Injury Care


Low Back Pain

Mid Back Pain

Neck Pain

Sports Injury

Work Injury


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Tuesday 8:30am to 5:00pm

Wednesday 8:30am to 5:00pm

Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm

Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

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      Dr. Steve Alukonis DC, DABCO    


 Merritt Island Office

 2235 North Courtenay Pkwy Suite 4A

Merritt Island FL, 32952

321-425-2519  FAX 321-425-2523

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