I have osteoporosis, can I still get chiropractic care?
Of course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractor considers the unique circumstances of each practice member. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and spinal problem.
Isn’t some back pain normal?
Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something isn’t right. Pain is the way your body signals that a limit has been reached or a problem has developed. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While they may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem can slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve.
Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?
Yes. Rest assured that we will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. However, surgery may produce compensation reactions either above or below the involved level. If necessary, these other areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.
Am I too old to see a Chiropractor?
No, age has nothing to do with going to a Chiropractor. We have had parents bring in their newborn babies to be adjusted and our oldest patient right now is 96 years “young”. Everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of better posture, better balance, less aches and pains and more mobility at any age.
Why do you have to take x-rays?
Simply put, x-rays are necessary because to see is to know, not to see is to guess. I won’t guess about your spinal health. They also help the doctor rule-in or rule-out other issues that may be causing your symptoms.
I am not in any pain, why should I get my spine checked?
You should, because pain is usually the last thing to come and the first thing to go away. Often, a problem festers over time and once you begin to have pain, the damage has already occurred and will take longer to heal and correct. Chiropractic care is a preventative maintenance care.
How should the patient prepare for an appointment?
Preparing for a chiropractic appointment doesn’t require anything. When a patient has an appointment, he or she will need to fill out a medical history sheet to help the doctor to understand the patient’s medical issues and treat it accordingly.
Do chiropractic treatments hurt?
Typical chiropractic adjustments do not hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds in an effort to correct misalignments and / or “fixations” in the spine that are causing pain or other symptoms and may have been present for years. Any discomfort you may have following your first few adjustments can be compared to the soreness you have after a hard workout at the gym.
How long will it take?
Each patient is different. Some people have had their problem for a long time, and others have only recently begun to experience their pain. Depending on the severity and duration of the condition and its underlying causes, you may be under care for as little as 2 weeks or as long as 3 months or more. Again, it depends on the nature of the condition, what the x-rays show, what the exam findings were, your overall health and fitness level, and how you respond to care.
What if my symptoms did not begin immediately?
Often times, pain and/or symptoms of injury are delayed following a car crash. The soft tissues (muscles, tendons, discs, ligaments, etc) are commonly stretched and/or microtorn in an automobile accident. This leads to an inflammatory reaction that takes time to build up with the soft tissue. Often patients mask their initial symptoms with pain medications and are unaware of the level of their pain and stiffness until these medications wear off.
That is why it is important to seek the experience of a chiropractor. Research has shown that an accident as slow as 5 mph can cause damage in one’s spine. Don’t rely on medication after an accident because that is not the answer for correcting any injuries.
Is chiropractic care recommended for expectant mothers?
Absolutely! Pregnant moms-to-be are often referred to us by their midwives and obstetricians (many of whom are also our patients), or sometimes just by caring friends.
Chiropractic care is one of the only ways pregnant moms can get relief without taking potentially dangerous medications.
And our special pregnancy table is a favorite—moms get to lay face down for the first time in months, allowing them to totally relax and enjoy their adjustment!
Once I start receiving chiropractic care, will I have to keep going for the rest of my life?
Chiropractic care is a wellness-focused approach to health. What it takes to achieve wellness varies from person to person. Some people might need to be adjusted every couple of weeks, and some may need to be seen only once every few months in order to receive the full benefit of chiropractic care. You can benefit from chiropractic care in just a few visits. But you will probably find that you want to keep coming for life!