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Frequently Asked Questions

(Source: American Chiropractic Association)

  1. What conditions do chiropractors treat?
  2. Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?
  3. How does Chiropractic work?
  4. What is an adjustment?
  5. Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
  6. Is Chiropractic care safe?
  7. Do children need Chiropractic care?
  8. Am I too old for Chiropractic care?
  9. Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?
  10. Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
  11. What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Q:  What conditions do chiropractors treat?

A:  Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions.  DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches, particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments.  They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints.  These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury.  The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

Q:  Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

A:  A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements.  You may want to contact your employer's human resources department or the insurance plan directly to find out if there are any referral requirements.  Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC.

Q:  How does Chiropractic work?

A:  Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy and to help remove interferences that prevent you from your natural state.

Q:  What is an adjustment?

A:  An adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, "locked up", or not moving properly.  This helps add motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion restoring proper nerve function.

Q:  Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

A:  Adjustment(or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound.  The same thing occurs when you "crack" your knuckles.  The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.

Q:  Is Chiropractic care safe?

A:  Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints.  Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.  The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small.  Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise.  Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Q:  Do children need Chiropractic care?

A:  Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports.  Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort.  Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient.  It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.  Chiropractic has been shown to be helpful with scoliosis and many other so-called "normal" childhood help problems especially for allergy control and chronic infections.

Q:  Am I too old for Chiropractic care?

A:  With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.  Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance and appetite.

Q:  Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

A:  Yes.  Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers' compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others.  Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at 36 major veterans medical facilities.

Q:  Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?

A:  The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times.  To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office.  In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks).  A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary.  Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.

Q:  What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

A:  Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them.  Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work.  Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard.  Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.
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