Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
If you are new to Chiropractic care, we understand that you might have some questions. We are confident that we have the answers to your inquiries.
Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions about chiropractic treatment. Should you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.
Question:Is Chiropractic treatment effective?
Answer:There is compelling scientific evidence proving that chiropractic care is safe and effective. Controlled and independent research studies have shown repeatedly that chiropractic care works, and is safe and effective for treating low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions related to the spine. Based on these scientific studies, chiropractic care should be the treatment of choice for most spinal problems.
Question: Why should I see a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Answer:From professional athletes to homemakers, engineers to electricians, children to seniors, chiropractic care has been the answer to improved health. Many people see a Doctor of Chiropractic for back, neck or joint problems, while others may seek relief from the pain caused by headaches. Still others find that regular visits to their chiropractor help keep them in peak condition for sports and other activities.
Question: What can I expect when I go to a chiropractor?
Answer:As a licensed practitioner, your chiropractor will do the following:
- A thorough review of your specific problem , including relevant past history and overall health.
- Physical tests, movement analysis and palpation to help identify the problem.
- If required, an x-ray may be requested to determine the source of your problem and investigate for pathological and/or contraindications.
- Provide a diagnosis to make certain choices clear. If it is not a chiropractic problem, a suitable referral is done. If it is, a plan of treatment is communicated.
- Provide a prognosis taking into account your general health habits, occupation, stress and activity levels.
- Monitor your response to treatment for your specific condition, as well as for changes in your overall health. Utilization of exercise, along with nutrition and lifestyle modifications may be suggested to improve your overall well being and promote active, patient-centered care.
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients considering the physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and restoring function.
Question: Is every patient's treatment the same?
Answer:The treatment a patient receives is related to the specific condition diagnosed by the chiropractor, and will vary from person to person depending on each persons unique situation.
Question: Is Chiropractic treatment ongoing?
Answer: To be treated by a chiropractor a patient needs to be in his or her office. A chiropractor may provide acute, preventative and/or maintenance care thus making a certain number of visits necessary.
Question:How long do chiropractors go to school?
Answer:Your chiropractor is a primary contact provider just like your family physician, optometrist or dentist. You do not need a referral from your medical doctor to see a chiropractor. Today's graduating Doctors of Chiropractic have studied and trained in a college or university for at least seven years. Just like medical or dental students, they must first complete undergraduate study before applying for admission to a chiropractic college. Becoming a chiropractor requires a minimum of 4,500 hours of intense academic study including classroom instruction, clinical science and internship. During the course of their training, he/she will have studied the following three areas:
- Basic sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, clinical sciences and X-ray diagnosis;
- Specialized training in the science and art of chiropractic;
- Clinical internship with an emphasis on hands-on practice.
Question:What if I've been injured in a car accident or on the job?
Answer: It is important that you consult with your family chiropractor as soon as possible regarding treatment for your injuries. The longer you wait, the longer it can take for treatment and recovery time. Remember, no referral is necessary from your family physician.