Why should I go to you instead of my medical doctor for my joint or muscle pain?
While medical doctors help with many problems/diagnosis, most do not have much training in the conservative treatment of joint or muscle pain. If however after the initial exam the doctor thinks you can be more effectively treated by a medical doctor, then he will refer you to the appropriate one.
What if I don’t want to be adjusted?
Adjusting is not essential for every patient. In fact, several of our patients are never adjusted. If poor joint movement is a contributor to your pain, there are other options besides adjusting, such as gentle mobilizations and soft tissue therapy such as Graston or massage. Discuss your concerns with the doctor and he will discuss options and come up with a treatment plan that works for you.
Once you go to a chiropractor, do you have to go all the time or forever?
No you don’t. However, once you have been adjusted and realize how much better you will feel with care as opposed to without it you will most likely want to come back. For a new injury it will most likely take several visits to help stabilize the area involved. The body can only heal so fast and if you have had the same nagging injury for year’s one adjustment is not going to cure you overnight. Besides recieveing care our doctor will give you home exercises to empower the patient so they can recover as quickly as possible.
Once your initial complaint has stabilized and you are recovered you can choose to either come back after you have a new complaint or you can choose to set-up a maintenance type plan. You change your oil every 3,000 miles, go to the dentist every 6 months, have a yearly physical, tune-up your bike at the start of each season, common sense says you should have your spine checked over before symptoms return. If this is something you are interested in talk with your doctor at your next visit.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your doctor will first perform a thorough examination of your complaint area to decide if you will benefit from treatment. The initial exam consists of a series of orthopedic and neurological test to help determine what the underlying cause may be. The doctor will also extensively assess your joints and muscles to find which ones may need treatment. After discussing what was found on the examination, treatment options will be discussed. If we do not think we can help you or that you will benefit from another specialist, we will refer you to the appropriate one.
Are X-rays required?
No, the vast majority of our patients are not x-rayed. We only send patients for an x-ray when we suspect a fracture, severe degeneration or possible pathology.
Is it safe for me to get treated if I’m pregnant?
Absolutely. In fact, due to various changes in the body during pregnancy, many pregnant women develop low back pain. If this applies to you, our doctors will develop a treatment plan to effectively and safely treat your pain.
Can children be helped with chiropractic treatment?
Oftentimes, chiropractic treatment is beneficial for children/infants as well as adults. Children usually require fewer treatments.
Do you take insurance?
We work with all insurance providers. Once we obtain your information, we will discuss what is covered by your insurance.
How much education is required to become a doctor of Chiropractic?
Four years of Chiropractic College are required after completing specific undergraduate requirements. The chiropractic college classes are very similar to medical school, however, the chiropractic student will spend more time on anatomy, nutrition and chiropractic technique whereas the medical student will spend more time on pathology and pharmacology.
Do chiropractors work with medical doctors or other specialists?
Yes, we work with many health specialists in order to provide the best possible care for each patient. We pride ourselves on receiving various referrals from MDs and will refer the patient back once treatment is completed.