What You Need to Know
- Does insurance pay for chiropractic treatment?
- Is it true that once you have chiropractic treatment, you must keep going back?
- Will chiropractic adjustments cause arthritis?
- Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
- Is chiropractic treatment safe?
- What does the “DC” after your name mean?
- I hear that chiropractors “crack” your back. Is this common?
- What is Chiropractic?
- What is the Vertebral Subluxation?
Does insurance pay for chiropractic treatment?
Yes, many health insurance companies reimburse for a portion of chiropractic treatment. We will call to confirm your benefits and highly recommend that you do the same. We accept BCBS, Aetna, PHCS, Cigna, Mutual of Omaha, United Health Care, Coventry, and many more. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident or work related injury, personal injury and worker’s compensation insurance will pay the care that you require. An attorney is recommended but not necessary for your personal injury case. We will work with your attorney to ensure proper payment and management of your injury. Each insurance company has rules that must be followed in order to ensure payment. If you were involved in a car accident, please bring with you a copy of the accident report and your insurance policy declarations page.
Patients involved in a work related injury must supply the claim number and insurance company information in order to initiate an initial evaluation.
Is it true that once you have chiropractic treatment, you must keep going back?
No. Actually, many people elect to continue their chiropractic treatment after feeling well. Why? Because periodic elective “maintenance care” makes them feel better. Chiropractic treatment is an integral component to many healthy people’s “health maintenance” plan; similar to diet, exercise and proper sleep. Also, there is an increase in endorphins after a chiropractic adjustment that gives a sense of stress reduction and well being. This effect is a factor that influences patients to continue maintenance type adjustments and enjoy their chiropractic experience.
I was told that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. Will chiropractic adjustments cause arthritis?
Contrary to what your mother may have told you, knuckle cracking actually does not cause joint arthritis. However, knuckle crackers tend to experience more joint stiffness later in life.
Regardless, spinal adjustments / manipulations are quite different than cracking one’s knuckles. When a spinal adjustment is performed, the joint is slightly gapped momentarily; opening the joint surfaces. Knuckle crackers actually grind the joint surfaces together, potentially irritating the joint. There is no current evidence to suggest that chiropractic manipulative therapy is detrimental to your spinal joints. Although, there is evidence that hypomobile/subluxated joints are those which primarily go through degenerative changes such as osteo-arthritis. Adjustments target these Subluxated joints and prevent arthritis from forming by increasing their range of motion (ROM). Increased ROM is the mechanism by which manipulation ensures optimal nutrient and biochemical exchange within the joint. This exchange prevents degenerative changes of the involved joint. Chiropractic has become a viable treatment option for those who suffer from a variety of arthritic conditions.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
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.
Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension.
Neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, there is not yet a clear understanding of the connection. The occurrence appears to be very rare—1 in 5.85 million manipulations— based on the clinical reports and scientific studies to date. If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.
It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain — prescription and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) — as these treatments may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.Resource: American Chiropractic Association
What does the “DC” after your name mean?
The title “DC” stands for “Doctor of Chiropractic”. “Doctor” literally means “teacher”. Therefore, in keeping true to our title, we educate our patients about their condition, how to improve their health and how to stay as healthy as possible. Similarly, your MD [Medical Doctor] should do the same. Doctors of osteopathy are DO’s and Podiatrists are given the letters DPM which stands for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine.
How long does it take to receive a treatment?
Most treatment sessions require between 15-30 minutes; depending upon the depth and scope of care necessary. The initial examination typically lasts 45-60 minutes, depending on the complexity of a patient’s condition, and whether a treatment is received immediately after the initial evaluation. Do be aware that if the patient receives a massage before the adjustment that day there will be 45 minutes allotted for that visit.
I hear that chiropractors “crack” your back. Is this common?
Chiropractic adjustments most commonly elicit an audible “pop” or “crack” sound. Chiropractors refer to this as an “audible release” or “cavitation sound”. Treatment success is not contingent upon this noise. Research has proved that small pockets of air or bubbles are found in the tissue fluid surrounding a joint capsule. When the joint tissues are stretched during a chiropractic adjustment, the pockets of air ‘pop’ creating a cracking sound.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. These hypomobile joints are also known as a chiropractic subluxation. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.
Resource: American Chiropractic Association
What is the Vertebral Subluxation?
The vertebral subluxation is the term applied to a vertebra which has lost its normal position and/or motion in relation to neighboring vertebrae. Vertebrae which do not function properly within the spinal framework generate mechanical stress. This accelerates the wear and tear on the surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments, discs, joint and other spinal tissues. Pain, palpatory tenderness, inflammation, decreased spinal mobility, and muscle spasm and hypertonicity will eventually follow. Additionally, because of the direct mechanical and physiological relationship between the spinal column and the spinal nerve roots, vertebral subluxations as well as other spinal abnormalities have the potential to impair proper nerve functioning. Once nerve functioning is compromised, communication within the body becomes less effective jeopardizing the overall health and wellness of the individual.
Tips for Back Pain Prevention:
- Maintain a healthy diet and weight. Supplementation with Omega 3-Fatty Acids, MSM, and Glucosamine Chodroitin are good ways to keep all your joints with the necessary nutritional building blocks to protect them from injury.
- Remain active—under the supervision of your doctor of chiropractic.
- Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest. Again, stay active.
- Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening. A flexibility protocol should be practice such as yoga, GYROTONIC Method or Pilates in order to avoid injury to spinal tissues. It is well known that the more flexible you are the less likely you are to injure yourself.
- Maintain proper posture.
- Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
- Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine. The Sleep Number bed from Select Comfort has clinical studies showing improvement with pain for those who suffer from back complaints. The doctor recommends the Sleep Number bed for those who are in the market for a mattress for its customizing firmness.
- Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting. This is the mechanism how individuals hurt the disc’s in the spine.
- Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in nutrient and oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) to spinal tissues. Decreasing the body’s natural healing ability.
- Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your workstation is ergonomically correct.