Common Questions on Chiropractic Treatment
Common Questions on Chiropractic Treatment
1. Does chiropractic hurt?
A chiropractic adjustment should never be painful. Unfortunately, many people will wait until they have pain to seek chiropractic care as an option. Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat the misaligned vertebrae without grabbing, pulling, twisting or other invasive procedures. The chiropractic technique is a gentle one.
2. Do I always have to come back?
The first step is to discover if chiropractic is even an option for your complaint or condition. After your initial exam and consultation, your Chiropractor should go over with you his “Report of Findings”. During this report, he will discuss the plan of care he feels will benefit you most. You’re specific situation will determine the number of visits the doctor feels will be needed to restore your vertebrae to normal position and proper functioning. Once this occurs, the doctor will discuss a maintenance plan that will keep you healthy and prevent problems in the future. A maintenance plan will vary, but in most cases a Chiropractor will suggest a “wellness” visit every one to three months, depending on the patient. REMEMBER… the end result is optimal health and preventing future problems…Compare maintenance care to your routine dental exams. Why do you visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning? To avoid cavities and tooth decay, right? Same principle.
3. Do I have to disrobe?
This is usually not necessary. At most you may be asked to expose your back, but will be given a gown to cover up.
4. How long will the exam take?
Exam times vary, but in most cases you can expect a complete exam and consultation to take less than one half hour. If additional diagnostic tests are needed, such as x-rays, this could extend the length of the exam.
5. Do chiropractors prescribe drugs or do surgery?
Chiropractic is a natural healing art and science. A chiropractor will never prescribe drugs.
6. Is Chiropractic just for back pain?
Absolutely not! Tens of millions of Americans routinely opt for chiropractic care as a means of preventing disease and maintaining health. Some symptoms and problems that can be relieved by chiropractic care include: Stress, headaches, carpal tunnel, sciatica, fibromyalgia, fatigue, knee pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, allergies, etc…
7. Should I let my medical doctor know I’m considering Chiropractic Care?
There should be no reason not to make your medical doctor aware that you are seeking chiropractic care. In many cases, you may even be required to obtain a “referral” from your primary care physician if you plan to see a chiropractor or any other specialist. If you have medical insurance, you may want to contact the carrier to see if you need a referral and if chiropractic care is covered under your plan. It is important however, to make sure that the chiropractor you are visiting is aware of your complete health history and any medications you are currently taking for any medical conditions.
8. Can I bring someone with me in the exam room?
There is no reason why you can not be accompanied into the examination room if this makes you feel more at ease.
9. Do you need my medical records?
It is not necessary to have your medical records with you when you visit a chiropractor for the first time. If the chiropractor has a need to see medical records, he will let you know after the initial consultation and examination. It is important, though, to complete the health history form you will be given and to make the chiropractor aware of any medications you are taking and any chronic medical condition you are being treated for if this pertains.
10. Are chiropractors licensed professionals?
Chiropractors (D.C.’s) must be licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. To receive a chiropractic degree, candidates must complete extensive undergraduate prerequisites, four years of graduate-level instruction and an internship at an accredited chiropractic institution.
11. What if my insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic?
Most insurance plans will cover chiropractic care for both you and your dependants. Most chiropractic offices will contact your insurance company on your behalf to verify coverage and terms. If, for some reason, your plan does not cover chiropractic care, most D.C.’s will discuss affordable payment options with you. You may also contact your insurance plan administrator and request that full direct access chiropractic services be added to your plans’ coverage. If you do contact your plan administrator, be sure to specify that you want these services to be provided only by a Doctor of Chiropractic.
12. Is it safe to see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Not only is chiropractic care safe for a pregnant woman, in some cases it can actually alleviate the headaches, nausea, back pain and leg pain which are common during pregnancy. Most D.C.’s adjusting tables are designed with a “drop pelvic piece” designed specifically for pregnant women. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices. It is a good idea, however, to first inquire about the experience of your chiropractor in caring for pregnant women and what he or she would recommend as a plan of care for you.
13. Should I go to a chiropractor if I feel fine?
The best time to go to a chiropractor can be when you feel fine, since most chiropractors will recommend a preventative spinal care program. Chiropractic care can help your body to maintain its healthy state, and regular spinal checkups can help and prevent spinal stress due to subluxations.
14. Is chiropractic care recommended for children also?
Most chiropractors will adjust patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. Logically speaking, the birth process could cause trauma to the neck and spine, and if left uncorrected, could disturb the function of muscles and organs. In some cases, a subluxation, if left uncorrected, can lead to deformity of the spinal column.
15. What kind of conditions can a chiropractor help me with?
There is a huge list of ailments that a chiropractor can treat. A chiropractor is not limited to treating muscle tightness and stiffness from backaches. For example, there are TMJ treatments (temporomandibular joint) for your jaw, Sciatica treatments for your legs (sciatic nerve pain extending from your lower back), and Fibromyalgia treatments, which involves muscle pain and fatigue at specific “tender spots.” This can cause neck pain, back pain, and hip pain to name a few. Chiropractic care covers from chronic problems, such as asthma treatment, to neurological and environmental issues, such as stress reduction and headache remedies. A more extensive list can be found on our conditions page.