Q & A
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors treat a variety of conditions, injuries, and basic discomfort associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system. Typically chiropractors treat issues such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Treatment of these conditions often involves special manipulations of the spine, as well as other specific treatment techniques.
In addition to providing treatment services, chiropractors can also counsel patients on nutrition, lifestyle changes, exercise, diet, and other components that are beneficial to pain relief, comfort, and full functionality.
Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?
It is not usually necessary to get a referral from an MD in order to see a chiropractor, unless it is required specifically from your health plan.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Extensive research has proven chiropractic services to be overwhelmingly safe and effective. It is drug-free, administered by experienced professionals, and has been helping patients with pain management and healing for many years. The most common complication associated with chiropractic treatment is soreness, similar to the soreness felt after exercising.
Some chiropractic techniques come with a higher risk than others. For example, in very rare cases, high-velocity upper neck manipulation has been associated with a rare kind of stroke, as well as vertebral artery dissection. It is important to note, though, that these kinds of strokes usually occur spontaneously, and not through chiropractic treatment.
If you choose to undergo chiropractic treatment, it is in your best interest to be as specific as possible when discussing your symptoms with your chiropractor. Knowing as much as possible about the patient’s symptoms allows the chiropractor to provide the safest and most effective treatment.
When considering the safety of chiropractic treatments, it is helpful to think about the safety of alternative treatments. Overuse of NSAID pain relievers can result in gastrointestinal bleeding so serious it can lead to hospitalization or even death. Relying on NSAIDs can be quite dangerous—and visiting a chiropractor can be thought of as a much safer option in comparison.
Can children visit the chiropractor?
Chiropractic care can be beneficial for pediatric patients. Many children become injured while playing sports or participating in similar activities, and this can lead to back and neck pain, stiffness, tenderness, and general discomfort. Chiropractic services can be helpful in these kinds of situations. Chiropractors will always adjust their treatment protocols and modify their techniques, so that the beneficial treatment is suitable for younger patients, and for patients of all ages.
Do chiropractors practice in hospitals or use medical outpatient facilities?
Chiropractors do have the ability to admit and treat patients in hospital settings, and to use outpatient clinical facilities as necessary. They were first given this right in 1983.
Do insurance plans cover chiropractic services?
Many insurance plans include chiropractic services. Our practice accepts most insurance plans. You can always inquire about your specific plan by calling our office.
What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors are trained as primary-contact health care providers. Their education has an emphasis on the workings of the musculoskeletal system. It is a misconception that chiropractors do not need extensive education. Most people who apply to chiropractic colleges have already been pre-med students for four years. After gaining acceptance to a chiropractic college, the standard is then four to five years of rigorous, professional study. Students are educated in all of the fields related to their work, including human anatomy, physiology, orthopedics, neurology, clinical diagnosis, exercise, nutrition, and so on. A significant portion of chiropractic education is spent on how to use specific, physical techniques properly and effectively.
How is a spinal adjustment performed?
A chiropractic adjustment can be performed either manually, which means with the hands directly, or with a special instrument, in order to specially manipulate the joints in the spine and increase their range of motion. In doing so, pain and tenderness is usually dissolved quite quickly. Each manipulation is carefully controlled so as to avoid any pain or discomfort, and to provide the patient with the most satisfactory results.
Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
Because chiropractic treatment is so hands-on, several visits are often required in order to produce the most lasting and effective results. The length of a patient’s treatment will depend on his or her specific condition and the symptoms they are facing, as well as determining the specific treatments that will be required in order to resolve their symptoms.
Is it normal to hear a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Sometimes during an adjustment a gas bubble will be released from between the joints, which is what causes that pop-like sound. This release is usually not a sign of discomfort or pain.