Chiropractic care is still a mystery to many. Most people know that chiropractors can help you to get rid of aches and pains, but how exactly do they do it? Is that all they can help with?
If you’ve only seen a chiropractor’s office on television and in movies, you may have some misconceptions about what goes on in a chiropractor’s office. That’s why we created this post – to answer some of the most common questions that we tend to get from our new patients and clear up myths and misunderstandings.
Answers to Some of the Most Common Questions about Chiropractic
The first thing that you need to know is that our office takes a holistic approach to treating our clients, and we offer our services to people of all ages who suffer from many different symptoms. Speaking of which…
What Symptoms Can Chiropractic Care Address?
All kinds. The entire body is connected. In fact, the spinal cord and nervous system communicate with every other part of the body constantly. When this communication becomes disrupted or otherwise impaired, it can result in a wide variety of symptoms in every part of your body, including things like:
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Injuries from Sports Accidents/Auto Accidents
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
These are just basic symptoms that chiropractors treat. If you’re unsure if your symptoms are treatable by chiropractic care, get in touch with a chiropractor and ask.
What Is The First Appointment Like?
When you first walk into a chiropractor’s office, don’t expect to immediately hop on the table and walk out with a pain-free spine. Since chiropractic care can affect the whole body, and works to treat many different symptoms and conditions, your chiropractor needs to ask a lot of questions to come up with a thoughtful plan for your chiropractic care.
If you want to know what the first visit will be like, the best thing that you can do is contact the chiropractor you’re thinking about seeing. They will not only be able to answer a few questions about your symptoms, but also explain their approach to caring for patients. In other words, it can help you decide whether or not the chiropractor would be a good fit for you.
New clients’ first appointment at our office usually includes the following:
- Questions about Your Symptoms and Medical History: When did your symptoms start? Where does/did the pain originate? Have you been injured in the past? When was the last time you got a physical?
- General Chiropractic Exam: The chiropractor will listen to your pulse, take your blood pressure, and test your reflexes. A general chiropractic exam will tell the chiropractor more about your range of motion, the tightness of your muscles, and how your body is communicating with your nervous system.
- Diagnostic Studies: The chiropractic exam may be able to tell the chiropractor what they need to know, but x-rays, MRIs, or other tests may also be taken to tell the doctor about your condition.
A chiropractor may be able to give you a diagnosis and a treatment plan at your first appointment, though sometimes they will have to call you within a few days when lab results get back in. If you are able to get a diagnosis and plan immediately, you can have your initial treatment right then or schedule a separate appointment if you decide to continue.
Does It Hurt?
Chiropractic adjustments are made to realign the spine and break up adhesions that are preventing the joints from moving properly. Adjustments do not cause pain, although some patients do say they can be uncomfortable. Generally speaking, you should not feel more than a slight pressure around the area that is being adjusted.
The day or two after your first adjustment, you may feel sore. The soreness will not be any worse than what you might feel after a good workout. Ice, stretching, or low does of Advil or similar medications can ease this soreness if necessary.
Will My Insurance Cover My Appointment?
Most likely. Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and most major medical insurance and workers’ compensations plans will cover chiropractic appointments and treatments. That being said, some facets of chiropractic care, like acupuncture or massage, may not be covered. Check with your insurance provider before making an appointment to get an understanding of the cost of your appointment.
How Often Should I Go?
If you just need a few adjustments, you won’t have to worry about adding chiropractic care into your weekly routine for long. A few visits may be all it takes for some patients to get pain relief. Those with chronic conditions, however, may have to make these appointments a regular part of their life.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.