Videos & FAQ
Do I need a referral from my medical doctor before I see a chiropractor?
No. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers or first- contact physicians, and are so defined in federal and state regulations. Following a consultation and examination, the doctor of chiropractic will arrive at a diagnosis and treatment under chiropractic care, or refer you to the appropriate health care provider.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
The process of chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure which is performed nearly one million times every working day in the United States. It 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. In fact, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain (prescription and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs) may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
After filling out some standard patient information forms, the chiropractor will perform a general exam and begin treatment based on his findings. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound – it’s exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released. There is no pain involved.
Will I need to get an X-ray at my first appointment?
We do not do an X-ray as part of our initial consultation. If the chiropractor feels an X-ray is a medical necessity in your case, we will order one for you at a nearby imaging center.
How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
Once I visit a chiropractor, will I always have to go to one?
It is our goal to improve your condition in the least amount of visits possible. The hands-on nature of chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Once chiropractic care eliminates your pain and rehabilitates the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future. We want you to keep coming back, but just periodically. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stress, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing and minimizes the degenerative process, which enhances overall health and wellness.
Will my insurance cover my visit?
We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to submit a claim for you. We will make every effort to get in touch with your insurance company before you leave our office. In the event that your insurance does not have chiropractic coverage, we do offer discounts for paying at the time of service.
Will I have to purchase a membership or maintenance package at your office?
No. We do not require you to purchase anything at our office. It is our goal to help you in as few visits as possible making “unlimited” membership packages unnecessary.
How do I make an appointment?
Call our office Monday through Saturday to make your appointment. In most cases we can get you in within 24 hours.