Frequently Asked Questions
What's Wrong With Me?
Initial examinations help identifying the cause of spinal pain or other discomfort areas. Every individual is unique and different from the next, so too are the health conditions they suffer 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 rest of body. If you are having pain and discomfort from back or neck problems, extremity problems or other health related ailments, doctors of chiropractic can provide you with the effective professional relief . If your problem is out of the chiropractic scope of practice or would be more appropriately managed by another health care specialist, we will gladly and promptly make the necessary referral.
Can Chiropractic Help Me?
Doctors of Chiropractic have helped millions of people worldwide suffering from all types of problems and not just the musculoskeletal system, back and neck ailments. Doctors of Chiropractic work with the spinal column and it's intimate relationship with the nervous system - the major controller of all bodily functions. By optimizing spinal column structure, removing all interferrence and irritation and stress are removed and health can once again be achieved.
Research studies have provided scientific evidence showing chiropractic care is not only effective in the treatment of back and neck ailments, but can also provide effective relief with children suffering from ear infections, women suffering from dysmenorrhea (painful menses), and a number of other seemingly "non-spinal" conditions. While we can't guarantee relief from such conditions or claim to "treat" these conditions, chiropractic has successfully helped millions of individuals with all sorts of health conditions by by correcting interferrence with the spinal nerves.
Doctors of chiropractic are best known for treating back and neck problems. Chiropractic spinal adjustments and other highly specialized chiropractic techniques, have established Doctors of Chiropractic as the back and neck injury specialists. As time marches on, medical experts are now coming to understand the true effectiveness of chiropractic care and are recommending major changes in the way our health care system manages many common spinal problems. Refer to the recent Ontario Ministry of Health commissioned study on low-back pain,
Amost all states have now done workers compensation injury study's showing Chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper, and gets the patients back to work quicker than medical providers.
How Long Will It Take?
Treatment lengths may vary somewhat from person to person and from condition to condition, there are a few rules of thumb you can follow.
Newer injuries, (mild to moderate) if treated appropriately and immediately, tend to respond to fewer visits assuming that major tissue injury has not occurred. Often, if the injuries are mild or minor, many of these first time injuries can be effectively managed in as little as 3 to 4 visits. Chronic injuries (3 months or longer) and recurring conditions are generally more stubborn and difficult to manage. Resolution may require 12 visits, up to 24 visits or more.
One of the best ways to determine how long your treatment will take is to schedule a consultation and/or examination.
For those of you who believe in just waiting, or "whenever you get around to it", for the problem to "go away" on it's own - understand that the older your condition is, the longer it will take and more treatments will be required to resolve the problem.
How Much Will It Cost?
Cost depends on several factors, first, how serious is your problem? The lenght of time a doctor spends with examination, and the detail involved in examinating the various areas involved and the number of treatments required and the therapies used, any additional bracing, or taping, etc... 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,
Quote from 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. I explain that once you experience being "pain free", then you will know the difference between "hurting" and "not hurting" and when you begain to hurt again, you don't have to come back, only if you don't want to hurt again.
Ask yourself how many times you have visited a dentist? Like most people, you've probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, for prevention, and to preserve the health of your teeth.
Once we have achieved eliminating your pain and rehabilitating the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Prevention is much easier and better than waiting till it breaksdown and needing intensive care to control the pain. Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future.
So "YES" , we want you to keep coming back, to keep you healthy. Preventive or Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.
Are Chiropractic Treatments Safe and Do They Hurt?
Yes, Chiropractic treatments are extremely safe. For individuals of all ages - I have treated patients ranging from 2 days old, up to 102 yrs., young.
The treatments are usually not painful. By far, most patients look forward to their treatments as most experience instantaneous relief afterwards. Patients who present with moderate to severe pain may experience some minor discomfort for obvious reasons, however, care is always gentle, safe and noninvasive. The soreness from an adjustment will wear off quickly, and disapate with continued treatments.