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Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What Is Chiropractic?
Q. What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
Q. Does chiropractic treatment hurt?
Q. Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Q. What can I expect on my first visit?
Q. What do first-time patients need to bring?
Q. What kind of tests are involved in the initial evaluation?
 

Q.  What Is Chiropractic?
A.  
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body).

"Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly. 

Q.  What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
A. 
Although chiropractic is thought of  most frequently for relief of low back pain, studies have found it to be effective for a wide variety of conditions, such as migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, infantile colic and much more. 

Q.  Does chiropractic treatment hurt?
A. 
Under normal circumstances, adjustments are quite comfortable.  The sensation felt by the patient is similar to light pressure.  The patient may rarely experience a brief minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds.

Q.  Is chiropractic treatment safe?
A.  
Chiropractic treatment and adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. 

Q.  What can I expect on my first visit?
A.  
The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. The DC will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.

A physical examination will be performed in accordance with your DC's clinical judgment, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your problem.

Q.  What do first-time patients need to bring?
A.  
It is helpful, although not absolutely necessary, if first time patients bring copies of medical records and any recent x-rays and MRIs. Patients will be asked to fill out our clinic initial paperwork to determine the nature and extent of your problem. We will need to know what types of medication you currently take, your insurance information, and the details of any injuries you may have suffered as the result of previous accidents.

Q.  What kind of tests are involved in the initial evaluation?
A.  
We take advantage of the latest technology to accurately evaluate and diagnose your individual  problem. We perform imaging tests, such as x-rays and also order laboratory tests, CTs and MRIs, when indicated to help in the diagnosis of your problem and in developing our plan for your treatment. We also perform the customary physical examinations and tests such as neurological, orthopedic, spinal range of motion, muscle strength, flexibility testing and many more.