Many people come to a chiropractor with the same questions: Do you know what’s wrong? Can you fix it? And how long will it take? What will it cost? I’ll answer those in order.
After a consultation, a thorough physical examination, and any necessary x-ray studies, a qualified chiropractor such as myself can tell if you have a problem that will respond to chiropractic care. If your symptoms are caused by a misaligned bone that interferes with normal nervous system function, you have a subluxation and chiropractic can help! Depending on the cause of this subluxation and the length of time, I can fix or stabilize your condition.
It is important to remember that pain is sometimes the last problem to appear. Even though your symptoms my have begun recently, the cause of those symptoms can go back weeks, months, or even years. Of course the length of treatment will vary from person to person, but recent problem will be quicker to heal than one that has been present for longer periods of time.
After careful study of your results, I will explain exactly what is going on with your body, and give you an individualized treatment plan customized just for you. The cost must be weighed by you, and it depends on your goals. Do you want to feel better? Do you want to completely correct and stabilize the spine? Are you interested in maintaining yourself at your optimum function? What does all of this mean to you? That’s up to you.
A complementary consultation can be scheduled today. Together, we can assess your health care needs, and you can decide what goals you would like to pursue.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about chiropractic issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches…particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC.
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Chiropractors are being recognized to admit and treat patients in hospitals and to use outpatient clinical facilities (such as labs, x-rays, etc.) for their non-hospitalized patients. Hospital privileges were first granted in 1983.
Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at 36 major veterans medical facilities.
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.