Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, 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. This is done by locating an area of the back or neck, wrist or ankle, that isn't moving correctly in relation to the surrounding joints or muscles and adjusting that area of the body to restore proper movement and function and to alleviate pain.
Although chiropractic is used more frequently to relieve low back pain, studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions, such as migraine headaches, neck and should pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and infantile colic.
Under normal circumstances, adjustments do not hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment, which lasts only seconds.
Chiropractic curriculum is very similar to a medical school curriculum. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, chiropractors receive an additional 3-4 years of education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparations for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning: basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis), specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis, and applications), followed by extensive clinical training.
You can expect to spend about 40 minutes with your chiropractor at your first visit. Prior to your adjustment, you will have a consultation and physical examination with your chiropractor.
During the consultation, your chiropractor will ask you about the health complaints. They will also ask about your family history and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your complaints and the best way to treat them.
Next, a physical examination will be performed in accordance with your symptoms and history findings. Most likely, you will be asked to move through certain ranges of motion, put through a few tests to stress different areas of your back or neck, reflexes, and some palpation to help determine the cause of your problem. X-rays, laboratory analysis, and other diagnostic procedures may be utilized.
Additionally, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. These elements are all important components to your current complaints and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your problem.
The cost of an exam billed through your insurance company varies depending upon your insurance plan and the services provided during your visit. You can expect the cost of the initial exam to be higher than follow up exams, when billed through insurance.
We also offer a discounted exam rate when paying at the time of service. This includes a thorough history, neurological, and orthopedic testing to determine the best course of care for your condition.
The cost of a regular office visit billed through your insurance company also varies depending upon your insurance plan and the services provided during your visit. The standard office visit is 20-30 minutes long and the fees are billed based upon the diagnosis and treatment codes. If you have insurance that covers chiropractic care, the fee is generally your co-payment or coinsurance amount, after your deductible has been satisfied. We are happy to check your coverage to give you an estimate of covered services.
No problem! We offer a discounted rate for exams and regular office visits for those who pay at the time of service, rather than bill the visit through an insurance company. Additionally, we offer a variety of wellness packages for those who are interested in bundling their visits.
The answer is as different as the circumstance, although there are some guidelines. For most, considerable pain relief is obtained within one to three visits. After relief and stability is obtained, you may choose to continue care to maintain the health of your spine. In this case, visits are less frequent, although monthly visits are generally more effective for people. Everyone is different, so care needs to be tailored to meet individual needs. We will do our best to have you return only as often as necessary to meet YOUR goals, whether they be pain relief, corrective care, or lifetime maintenance.
YES! The same rules of health apply for kids as well. Kids generally respond to care quicker than adults and may need less care. Our experience has been that kids tend to be more resilient and have less problems with allergies, infections, attention issues, etc. if they receive regular functional healthcare.
ALWAYS use cold therapy when there is any chance of swelling. This is usually shortly after an injury, during the body's immune response to it. Applying cold will decrease the degree of inflammation and thereby, the pain. Limit icing time to 15-20 minutes to guard against a rebound swelling effect.