Patient FAQs

 

Should I tell my family doctor that I am receiving chiropractic treatment?

We encourage our patients to inform their medical care providers that they are receiving chiropractic treatment.  In fact, our practice has been built through collaborating with contemporary minded, patient-centered medical practitioners. 

 As a courtesy to our patients and their caregivers, we will gladly forward a copy of our patient's initial evaluation report to their primary care physician.  Many of our patients request that we contact their primary care providers in order to introduce ourselves, or to provide them with information about our practice.

 

The key to comprehensive care is communication. 

 

Does insurance pay for chiropractic treatment?

Yes, many health insurance companies reimburse for a portion of chiropractic treatment.  We will call to confirm your benefits and highly recommend that you do the same.  The "Patient's Guide to Insurance Verification" was developed to help you with the process. 

How long until I feel better? 

Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover that it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process. How long have you had your problem? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Do you smoke? Are you in good condition? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to full carry out their doctor's recommendations.

How does chiropractic treatment help the pregnant woman?

Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the body in pregnant women, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the incidence of pain in the low back and legs, pubic bone area and between the shoulder blades. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices. It is wise, however, to first inquire about the experience of your chiropractor in caring for pregnant women and what he or she recommends for you.

Is it true that once you have chiropractic treatment, you must keep going back?

No.  Actually, many people elect to continue their chiropractic treatment after feeling well.  Why?  Because periodic elective "maintenance care" makes them feel better.  Chiropractic treatment is an integral component to many healthy people's "health maintenance" plan; similar to diet, exercise and proper sleep. 

I was told that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis.  Will chiropractic adjustments cause arthritis?

Contrary to what your mother may have told you, knuckle cracking actually does not cause joint arthritis.  However, knuckle crackers tend to experience more joint stiffness later in life.   

Regardless, spinal adjustments / manipulations are quite different than cracking one's knuckles.  When a spinal adjustment is performed, the joint is slightly gapped momentarily; opening the joint surfaces.  Knuckle crackers actually grind the joint surfaces together, potentially irritating the joint.  There is no current evidence to suggest that chiropractic manipulative therapy is detrimental to your spinal joints.

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

In general, chiropractic treatments carry a very low risk of complication.  Approximately 25% of patients will experience short-term (24 hours) or local soreness following the initial adjustment.  This may represent short term muscle tension or low-grade inflammation from the treatment.

A New Zealand Government study concluded that chiropractic adjustments are "remarkably safe." Taking over the counter pain relievers is about 100 times more risky.

The risk of serious, irreversible complication is rare.  Estimates for neck adjustments are between 1 in 400,000 to 1 in 5.85 million.  With regards to the low back, estimates for serious complication is "1 in many million".  It is important that you discuss any specific concerns with your treating chiropractor prior to receiving treatment.

Can patient's with osteoporosis receive chiropractic treatment?

Yes. When developing a care plan, your doctor will consider the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.

How long does it take to receive a treatment?

Most treatment sessions require between 15-30 minutes; depending upon the depth and scope of care necessary.  The initial examination typically lasts 45-60 minutes, depending on the complexity of a patient's condition, and whether a treatment is received immediately after the initial evaluation.

I hear that chiropractors "crack" your back.  Is this common?

Chiropractic adjustments most commonly elicit an audible "pop" or "crack" sound.  Chiropractors refer to this as an "audible release" or "cavitation sound".  Treatment success is not contingent upon this noise. 

What is the popping noise that occurs during an adjustment?

Your spinal joints contain a fluid known as synovium.  The synovial fluid contains dissolved gasses; mostly carbon dioxide.  When your spine is adjusted, a vacuum is created within the joint and the dissolved gasses come out of solution, forming a gas bubble.  This vacuum creates a "pop".

Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?

Yes. Rest assured that your doctor will avoid the surgically modified area of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above and below the involved area. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care. It's important to rehabilitate the spine following surgery. The fact that you had surgery indicates there was a weakened area. In order to reduce the risk of having additional surgeries, it is important to strengthen the weakened area of the spine through proper rehabilitation.

What does the "DC" after your name mean?

The title "DC" stands for "Doctor of Chiropractic".  "Doctor" literally means "teacher".  In keeping true to our title, we educate our patients about their conditions, how to improve their health and how to stay as healthy as possible. Similarly, your MD (Medical Doctor) or DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) should be doing the same. Other common chiropractic specialty designations include:

  • DABCO - Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics

  • DABCN - Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology

  • DABCR - Diplpmate of the American Board of Chiropractic Radiology

  • DACRB - Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board

  • CCSP - Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician