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FAQs

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic care is safe, effective, and generally free of side effects. In fact, recent studies have shown that patients with back pain have a higher chance of more serious side effects (including gastrointestinal bleeding) when taking over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen.

How much education is required to become a doctor of Chiropractic?

Four years of chiropractic college is 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 where as the medical student will spend more time on pathology and pharmacology.

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from a primary care doctor?

Very rarely but we can check on that for you.

What is the most common cause of low back and neck pain?

The most common cause of low back or neck pain is a combination of having some areas too tight and stiff, while other areas are too weak. For example, your hips and pelvis may be too tight while your core abdominal muscles are too weak.

What causes spinal or extremity joint fixation/dysfunction?

Loss of spinal or extremity joint mobility(joint dysfunction/fixation) can occur due to: 1. Macrotrauma such as a sport injury, work related injury or auto accident. 2. Microtrauma due to repetitive use, postural stress or poor ergonomics (work environment). An example of this would be carpal tunnel syndrome. 3. Emotional stress or mental abuse. 4. Chemical stress due to poor nutrition and diet.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

An adjustment is the primary method of treatment utilized by doctors of chiropractic. Chiropractic adjustments are performed on spinal and extremity joints that have been diagnosed as being hypomobile/fixated/dysfunctional. There are various adjustment techniques, but typically adjustments are applied by hand with a low force, controlled velocity contact on a specific joint or spinal segment.

What is the purpose of an adjustment?

The adjustment helps to restore joint motion which reduces/inhibits pain, reduces/inhibits muscle spasm/tightness, reduces/inhibits joint inflammation and improves muscle balance.

Does Chiropractic treatment hurt?

Chiropractic treatment, which includes adjustments and physiotherapy, such as electrical muscle stimulation and ultrasound, rarely hurts and usually feels good. Some patients experience soreness at the beginning of care which usually quickly resolves.

Once I start chiropractic treatment, do I have to go forever?

No. First we will determine if chiropractic care can help you by taking a history and performing a physical examination. If we determine that chiropractic can be of benefit, then we will suggest an estimated, finite treatment period. If chiropractic care is not indicated, we will suggest other sources of help or refer you to another doctor. Every case is different and each person’s response varies.

Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, Personal Injury Protection, workers’ compensation, Medicare, and some Medicaid plans.

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released.

Can pregnant women benefit from Chiropractic care?

Yes. Chiropractic is very important during pregnancy. Low back, mid and upper back pain often accompany pregnancy and drugs are to be avoided. Chiropractic, being a non-drug therapy is the logical choice for expecting mothers, making the pregnancy experience less stressful for the mother and the baby.