Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic Care
Will my insurance cover chiropractic?
Most insurance plans cover chiropractic treatment. We will verify your benefits when you come to our office for the first visit. We also offer direct insurance billing to many of the major carriers.
How long will each appointment take?
Your initial visit and consultation will take between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the complexity of your case. Subsequent treatments are usually around 15 minutes, depending on the types of treatment performed each time.
Do I need a medical Doctor's referral?
No referral is needed to see a Chiropractor.
What can I expect on the first visit?
We will perform a complete history and physical examination in order to properly diagnose your condition. If necessary we can order X-rays of the affected area. We will then perform a complete treatment of the injured area.
Do I have to have X-rays?
The majority of patients at our office do not require X-rays. However, if the doctor determines that X-rays are necessary during the examination they will discuss this with you.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes! Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, most natural, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of muscle and joint complaints. In recent years, there have been a number of large scale, extensive research papers published demonstrating the effectiveness and safety of chiropractic care for musculo-skeletal conditions, including back and neck pain.
Is Chiropractic good for children or seniors?
Chiropractic is good for patients of all ages! Different techniques are used for children and the elderly based on their individual needs. Children come to our office for treatment of various aches and pains and for general preventive care. Click here for information on pediatric chiropractic.
Chiropractic care can help seniors with the aches and pains of arthritic conditions and help maintain mobility and flexibility as they age. Chiropractic treatment can play a large role in the reduction of more serious complications from longstanding spinal and nerve related conditions.
At our office, we treat patients from 1 day old to over 100!
What education does a Chiropractor have?
After obtaining a 4-year university degree, chiropractors attend Chiropractic College for 4 additional years, including a clinical internship.
Will the treatment hurt?
In our office, our techniques are very specific and gentle. We take great care to ensure that the patient feels no pain during their treatment. When there is an injury, any type of treatment can produce some discomfort but again we are very careful to always communicate with our patients and adapt our techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes and experience.
After their treatment most patients report some immediate relief. In some cases they may experience some achiness or soreness similar to how it feels after working out or after having a massage. But these symptoms are short lived and followed by decreased pain and increased comfort.
How long will my condition take to get better with Chiropractic Care?
Although every case is different, chiropractic patients typically notice an improvement after the first few treatments. However, more serious conditions or long standing problems may take longer to resolve. Even in these cases, significant improvement is usually felt within two weeks.
Do I have to keep coming back forever?
No! In our office, we have three types of care: Relief care is designed to provide quick relief from pain and disability. This is usually accomplished within the first few weeks. Corrective care takes things a bit further and is focussed on correcting the underlying problem that caused the pain and disability. This may take longer, depending on factors such as the length of time that a problem has been present, physical condition of the patient, the presence of arthritis, work demands on the body, etc.
The third level of care we offer is what we call maintenance care. The purpose of maintenance care is to keep your spine healthy and to prevent a recurrence. Just as you go to the dentist for regular checkups, we offer routine spinal checks and treatments. This is typically at a frequency of one treatment every 4-6 weeks.
When you choose to discontinue care is always up to you. We do not pressure our patients. We will give you our recommendations and suggestions but the choice is always yours.