FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q:What is chiropractic?
A:Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Q:I’ve never been to a chiropractor before so what should I expect on my first visit?
A:First, you will be asked to complete the necessary paperwork, which includes personal, insurance, and health history information. The doctor will then have a private consultation with you to explore the nature of your complaint in a process we refer to as "Taking a History." An examination will then begin to further assess what the problem is. Following this, the doctor will create a working diagnosis and explain what is most likely causing the pain or problem. At that point a treatment plan is discussed with you on how to correct the problem and how long it will take to get better.
Q:How many visits does it usually take?
A:The answer is different for each person and their condition. You will be informed of approximately how long the condition you have takes to get better at the time of your first visit.
Q:Is it true that if I go to the chiropractor once I have to keep going back forever?
A:The answer is NO. Once the problem has been corrected and you have improved back to normal you will be released, typically with home exercises to keep your condition stable. We do recommend regular check ups just as you would go to your dentist for preventative care; however, we leave that up to you.
Q:Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
A:Most don't. We always try to be as gentle as possible, and use only the minimum force necessary to treat you. We always make sure that you are as relaxed as possible before each adjustment. Most patients describe their adjustments as very comfortable and that it helped relieve tightness, pressure, and pain afterwards.
Q:Does insurance cover my treatment?
A:Each insurance plan is different and most have chiropractic benefits. You can check your insurance plan booklet or with the customer service department for information on your deductible or co-payments. Since some of this information may be confusing we can check to see what kind of specific benefits your plan covers for you and will inform you what coverage you have prior to your visit so you can plan for your expenses.
Q:Will a chiropractor prescribe medication(s)?
A:No. We do not prescribe traditional medication. If medication is needed for your condition we will refer you to your family physician or to another specialist that can handle this. We recommend exercises, stretching, orthopedic supports, better nutrition, or vitamin and mineral supplements.