What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Doctors of chiropractic provide drug-free, non-invasive treatment options for many types of pain and inflammation including chronic back pain, neck pain, joint pain and headaches. Chiropractic also treat joint conditions of the knees, hands and feet.
Are adjustments safe?
Yes. A New Zealand government study concluded that chiropractic adjustments are “remarkably safe”. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever (like Tylenol) is about 100 times more risky.
What do adjustments feel like?
After the brief thrust, many patients report a sense of well being or a feeling of calmness. Others feel improved mobility. Inflammation or muscle spasms may delay these positive effects. Chiropractic doctors excel at making adjustments comfortable and effective.
How long until I feel better?
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover that the healing process can take months, in rare cases, years. Every patient recovers at their own pace. Factors which can affect the healing process include your age, your overall health conditions, muscle tone, diet and even your attitude.
When will I get my first adjustment?
It depends upon your complaint and how long it may take to study your examination findings. This is a clinical decision and varies from patient to patient. However, most patients are adjusted on their first visit.
Will I receive any medication for my pain?
No. Chiropractic doctors don’t dispense drugs. Because we rely on natural methods, ask for directions on how to use ice to control any painful symptoms. Ice, when properly applied, can have an analgesic effect without the side effects associated with pain medications.
How long does it take for chiropractic to work?
Patient results vary depending upon many factors. How long have you had your problem? Do you keep you appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise, and nutrition? Are you in otherwise good health? Within a short period of time most patients sense enough progress to justify completing our recommendations.
What makes that sound?
Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It’s like opening a soda can or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting, but isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.
Can I get chiropractic care if I’ve had back surgery?
Yes. We will avoid areas of your spine surgically modified. However, surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These “reactions” will be the focus of your chiropractic care.
Can patients with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?
Of course. Regardless of your age, size or condition, chiropractic care can be helpful. The specific needs of each patient are considered. If your issue is not a chiropractic case, we’ll refer you to the appropriate specialist.
Will I need chiropractic care forever?
After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These chiropractic “check-ups” can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. How long you want to receive chiropractic care is up to you.
Why do I need to still come in if it doesn’t hurt?
If you are like most chiropractic patients, you would never set foot in our office unless you had some symptom or symptoms which become so unbearable you could no longer ignore them. Following your care plan until the misalignments that have caused your pain are corrected will keep the condition from returning. Our goal is to correct the problem that caused you to be so uncomfortable.
Will adjustments make my spine too loose?
No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Some patients can make their joints “pop” but that’s not an adjustment. Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.
Will I have to have X-rays?
X-rays and other types of images can be helpful. Pictures of your spine, especially after trauma, can confirm our other findings and make your care more precise. We can tell if we need them after completing our other examinations. If you do need them we will refer you to a facility that is covered by your insurance.
Does my medical insurance cover chiropractic?
In most cases yes. There are many different plans and each are very different. You can call the member service number on your ID card to find out what benefits you have available for chiropractic care. If you are unsure of your chiropractic benefits, let the receptionist know when you schedule your appointment. She will get your insurance information and contact your insurance carrier before you arrive to determine what benefits you have available so that you will know up front what your responsibility is before any charges are made. In the rare case that coverage is not available, our office will work with you to find a plan of payment that will work for you.
I don’t have insurance, what will it cost?
We know there are a lot of people without health insurance so we strive to keep the cost of care very affordable. Our office will work with you to find a plan of payment that will work for you.
Are Chiropractors real doctors?
Doctors of Chiropractic are recognized and licensed in all 50 states.. To obtain a license they must complete a minimum of 7 years of college, pass three rigorous national board examinations and complete 24 hours of continuing education each year to remain licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. In fact, the military/VA completed a five year study of chiropractic and have begun to hire doctors of chiropractic to work with their medical doctors.
Can Chiropractic cause a stroke?
A recently published study published in The Journal Spine reports that patients are no more likely to have a stroke after seeing their Chiropractor than they are after seeing their primary care physician. The reason for this is that patients may present to the doctor with a developing stroke and it is equally missed by both the Chiropractor or the primary care physician and that the adjustments themselves are not likely to cause a stroke. (reference this – Cassidy JD et al. Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke and Chiropractic Care. Spine February 15, 2008, Vol 33, Issue 4S Supplement)