Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Chiropractic

What is chiropractic?Chiropractic FAQs
How long will it take to get better?
How does this work?
What is an “adjustment?”
Does an adjustment hurt?
Is chiropractic safe?
How are chiropractors educated?
Does insurance cover chiropractic? What if I don’t have insurance?
What type of injuries do chiropractors treat?

Q: What is chiropractic?

A: Chiropractic is a modern, evidence-based healing art for the non-surgical management of musculoskeletal complaints related to the spine and extremities. Chiropractors take a “whole person” approach and look for biomechanical imbalances that are the root of the problem of most chronic pain syndromes. Low back pain may come on suddenly, but there is usually an imbalance of some sort that, when left unchecked, can lead to pain. Correcting these imbalances as well as making diet and lifestyle modifications are the core of chiropractic treatment.

Typical complaints seen in chiropractic clinics include low back pain, neck pain, headaches, ankle sprains, hand and wrist pain, and injuries from work or auto accidents such as whiplash. Low back pain and neck pain are, without a doubt, the two most common complaints to be seen in chiropractic clinics. Chiropractors are trained to deferentially diagnose these conditions, rule out any “red flags” that may warrant emergency attention, and treat accordingly.

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Q: How long will it take to get better?

A:  Every case is different.  That being said, we find that most patients see a drastic reduction of their symptoms within six treatment sessions.  Some cases such as auto accidents or other traumatic injuries, can take longer and many problems resolve faster.  We’ll walk through this with you and treat you on your terms.  We pride ourselves on being much faster than other treatment options including traditional physical therapy or even other chiropractors.

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Q: How does this work?

A: How we treat depends on what tissue is causing your pain.  There are typically four possibilities: muscle, joint, nerve and/or disc.  Adjustments, one of the primary treatment options offered here, increases the mobility of the joints in the spine, increases blood flow to the tissues and has a pain relieving effect as well.  Most people walk out of our office feeling better than when they walked in, including those with no discernible pain who come in for maintenance or wellness reasons.

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Q: What is an “adjustment?”

A: The term “adjustment” describes a chiropractic treatment. The doctor of chiropractic, either manually or with a specialized instrument, puts motion back into a joint that has become fixed and painful. These fixations can in turn create muscle spasm and pain when the surrounding musculature engages to protect an area with improper movement patterns. Humans are built to move, and when we don’t we often find that pain is soon to follow.

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Q: Does an adjustment hurt?

A: Chiropractic treatment is, by nature, non-invasive. There are no needles, IV’s, surgeries, or any other invasive procedures performed in a chiropractic treatment. Because the doctors are well versed in many different chiropractic techniques, they call upon their knowledge and skill to choose the treatment which will be the most gentle and effective for your condition.

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Q: Is chiropractic safe?

A: Yes. Its non-surgical, drug-free approach to health care places chiropractic among the safest of all health care professions. Chiropractic takes nothing out of the body and puts nothing in it. As a result, chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all health care professionals.

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Q: How are chiropractors educated?

A: Like all primary health care providers, doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive education and training before becoming licensing professionals. Students begin by fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements, with a strong emphasis on the core sciences such as chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and physics. The professional program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree is very demanding. Chiropractic students continue the study of sciences, including pathology and biochemistry, at a highly detailed level. Their education continues into the advanced clinical sciences including orthopedics, neurology, examination procedures, differential diagnosis, and x-ray interpretation. During this entire process aspiring doctors of chiropractic gain knowledge of the philosophy and the practice of health care and chiropractic. Doctors of chiropractic refine their technical adjusting skills in technique classes. During clinical internships student doctors perfect these skills. Finally, all doctors of chiropractic must pass the rigorous national board exams and state exams before entering the field.

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Q: Does insurance cover chiropractic? What if I don’t have insurance?

A: Yes.  Chiropractic is an essential health benefit in the Affordable Care Act and most insurance plans cover our services with the exclusion of massage therapy, wellness adjustments.  Acupuncture is also sometimes not covered.  Our staff will verify your insurance benefits before you arrive for your first visit with us.  Even with your deductible, you can be assured you will never pay more than our self pay rates below.  If we are out of network with your insurance plan, we will charge you our self-pay rates and will provide documentation for you to submit to your insurance for direct reimbursement.

Insurance Plans We Participate With:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Choice PPO
  • Aetna PPO (until 07/15/2018)
  • Medicare Part B
  • SmartHealth Tier 1 Provider (AMITA Emplyees)
  • Worker’s Compensation Claims
  • Personal Injury/Car Accident Claims

Our Self-Pay Chiropractic Rates:

  • New Patient Examination $120
  • Established Patient Examination $50-115 (depending on complexity)
  • Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments $40-60 (depending on number of areas adjusted)
  • Chiropractic Extremity Adjustment $30
  • Physical Therapy (stretching, exercises etc) $40 per unit
  • Acupuncture $50
  • Modalities (electrical stimulation, traction etc.) $20

 

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Commonly Treated Conditions

  • Headaches and Migraines
  • TMJ Dysfunction (Jaw Pain)
  • Neck and Shoulder Blade Pain
  • Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and other Nerve Compression Injuries
  • Elbow Pain (Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel and Hand Tendonitis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Spinal Disc Injuries (Degeneration, Bulge, Herniation, “Slipped Discs”)
  • Sciatica
  • Hip and Groin Pain
  • Knee Injuries (Chondromalacia Patellae, Patellofemoral Tracking Disorder, Meniscus Tears)
  • Ankle and Foot Pain (Plantar Fascitis, Bunions, Metatarsalgia, Neuromas)

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