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.
What is chiropractic?
The art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic emphasize the nervous system as the lifeline to every muscle, organ, and tissue in the body. Rather than focusing on symptoms, chiropractors have a different approach to wellness that uses therapeutic techniques to correct neuro-musculoskeletal disorders and promote the body’s natural healing ability.
What is a chiropractic adjustment, and is it safe?
An adjustment is the main method used by your Doctor of Chiropractic. It is a specialized, gentle, controlled, and safe pressure applied to your spine. This is done to restore the proper motion and position of your vertebrae that will in turn help your body function at an optimal level.
Do I need to go to a chiropractor even if I feel fine?
The chiropractor can recognize problem areas in your spine before they develop into problem conditions. Chiropractic adjustments can help to maintain and support a healthy spine. Maintenance spinal care may help to prevent small problems from becoming major misalignments. Remember, optimal health is more than just the absence of pain.
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 fyour 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 healthcare 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
Why do I need to keep going to the chiropractor?
Regularly, a dentist checks our teeth, an optometrist checks our eyes, and a doctor checks our blood pressure and heart. Yet we take the spine — a vital component of our body — for granted. Regular chiropractic adjustments help to maintain a healthy balance in our body and keep the physical, chemical, and mental stress of our day-to-day lives under control.
How old should a person be before beginning chiropractic care?
Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. One would think that babies couldn’t have any misalignments of the spine because they are just born. However, the birthing process is actually very traumatic for little ones. Studies have shown that colic, ear infections, digestive disorders, and many other childhood problems can be caused by birthing traumas. When these problems are left uncorrected, they can cause symptoms now, but also much larger and more difficult-to-correct issues later in life. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. The adjustment for babies is done with a gentle technique. These techniques are also applied to elderly patients that might have severe degeneration or osteoporosis. Remember, the sooner the problem is detected and adjusted, the better the chance you have for full recovery.
What is that “pop” sound, and does the adjustment have to make a noise to be effective?
Adjustment of a particular segment in the spine may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound. This is not your bones breaking. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint space that results in gas bubbles being released.
It is a common misconception that you must hear a “pop” for the treatment to be effective. While this popping sound is frequently heard, it has no bearing on how effective the treatment is. In fact, there are some techniques where noise from the adjustment is never heard, and the patient sill receives the same results. The chiropractor is concerned with the position and motion of your vertebrae, not with the noise that may occur.