Frequently Asked Questions
- Can Chiropractic Help Me?
- How Much Will It Cost?
- How Long Will It Take?
- Do I have To Keep Coming Back For Treatments
- Are Chiropractic Treatments Safe and Do They Hurt?
You may be surprised to learn that research studies have provided scientific evidence showing chiropractic care is not only effective in the treatment of back and neck ailments, but can also provide effective relief with children suffering from ear infections, women suffering from dysmenorrhea (painful menses), lowering blood pressure, asthma and allergy, and a number of other seemingly “non-spinal” conditions. While it’s not prudent to guarantee relief from such conditions or claim to “treat” these conditions, chiropractic has successfully helped millions of individuals with all sorts of health conditions by positively affecting the nervous system.
Of course, doctors of chiropractic are best known for their success in treating back and neck problems. Through the use of chiropractic spinal adjustments and other highly specialized chiropractic techniques, chiropractors have established themselves as the back and neck injury specialists. Many medical experts are now coming to understand the true effectiveness of chiropractic care and are recommending major changes in the way our health care system manages many common spinal problems.
“There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low-back pain was transferred from physicians to chiropractors. Users of chiropractic care have substantially lower health care costs, especially inpatient costs, than those who use medical care only.”
A study done in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therarpies (JMPT) studied 311 chiropractic patients, ages 65 and older, who had received “maintenance care” for 5 years or longer vs. “healthy” citizens the same age and the results showed:
• 60.2% fewer hospital admissions
• 59% less days hospitalized
• 62% less outpatient surgeries
• 85% less pharmaceutical costs
First, newer injuries, if treated appropriately and immediately, tend to respond to fewer visits assuming that major tissue injury has not occurred. Conditions that have been present for greater than 3 months and recurring conditions are generally more stubborn and difficult to manage. Resolution may require 12 visits or more. We are focused on not just the symptom and getting patients out of pain, but also correcting the cause and removing the subluxation.
The only sure way to determine how long your treatment will take is to schedule a consultation and/or examination.
For those of you who believe in just waiting for the problem to “go away” on it’s own – understand that the longer your condition has been around, the more treatments it will eventually require to resolve.
Our focus is on correction and once we have obtained as much correction in the spine that is possible then we recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future. Understand that our spines are under constant stress. The way we sit, stand, sleep, and exercise. The only way to truly maintain healthy nerve system function is to make sure we remove any interference to that system.
So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back, but just periodically. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, minimizes degenerative processes, and allows your nerve system to function at 100% which enhances overall health and wellness. If there is a subluxation in your spine, we want to correct it whether there is a symptom or not. Symptoms of subluxation only come after it has been there for a period of time and has produces a specific amount of damage. We never want it to get that far.
The treatments themselves are generally not painful. In fact, most patients look forward to their treatments as many experience instantaneous relief immediately afterwards. Individuals who present with moderate to severe pain may experience some minor discomfort for obvious reasons, however, care is always gentle, safe and noninvasive.