Frequently Asked Questions
- What's Wrong With Me?
- How Long Will It Take?
- How Much Will It Cost?
- Do I Have To Keep Coming Back For Treatments?
- Are Chiropractic Treatments Safe and Do They Hurt?
What's Wrong With Me?
Accurately identifying the cause of spinal pain or other discomfort almost always requires a thorough consultation and examination. Individuals should not assume their pain stems from the same problem their neighbor had, for example, and thus what helped their neighbor will help them. Just as every individual is unique and different from the next, so too are the health conditions they suffer from and the treatments they require.
Chiropractic doctors are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries and abnormalities common to the spine, extremities and the rest of the body. If you are suffering from back or neck problems, extremity problems or other health related ailments, chiropractic may provide you with the effective professional relief you demand. If your condition is out of the chiropractic scope or would be more appropriately managed by another health care specialist, we will gladly and promptly make the necessary referral.
How Long Will It Take?
While treatment lengths vary somewhat from person to person and from condition to condition, there are a few rules of thumb you can follow.
First, newer injuries, if treated appropriately and immediately, tend to respond to fewer visits assuming that major tissue injury has not occurred. Many of these first-time injuries can be effectively managed in as little as 3 to 4 visits. Conditions that have been present for greater than 3 months and recurring conditions are generally more stubborn and difficult to manage. Resolution may require 12 visits or more.
The only sure way to determine a prognosis is to schedule a consultation and examination.
For those of you who believe in just waiting for the problem to "go away" on its own - understand that the longer your condition has been around, the more treatments it may eventually require to resolve.
How Much Will It Cost?
Costs vary and generally depend on the number of treatments required to effectively treat your condition. A number of studies have shown that chiropractic care is extremely cost-effective when compared to other "medical" forms of care for similar conditions. According to the 1993 Manga Report,
"There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low-back pain was transferred from physicians to chiropractors. Users of chiropractic care have substantially lower health care costs, especially inpatient costs, than those who use medical care only."
Do I Have To Keep Coming Back For Treatments?
You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we answer that question, ask yourself how many times you have visited a dentist? Like most people, you've probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, to prevent your teeth from decau and optimize your dental health.
Once we have eliminated your pain and rehabilitated the injured tissues, we may recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist, and like many other medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future.
So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back, but just periodically. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal stress, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, minimizes degenerative processes, and improves biomechanics which enhances overall health and wellness.
Are Chiropractic Treatments Safe and Do They Hurt?
Chiropractic treatments are extremely safe for individuals of all ages, from infants to over-100-year-olds. Our treatments are safe because we only use natural and noninvasive methods of care. Also, at our clinic, we use a variety of adjusting techniques to minimize risks based on your age and health status.
The treatments themselves are generally not painful. In fact, most patients look forward to their treatments as many experience instantaneous relief immediately afterwards. Individuals who present with moderate to severe pain may experience some minor discomfort for obvious reasons, however, the aim of care is to be gentle, safe and noninvasive.