New Patient Information- FAQ
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.
Chiropractic is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.
The initials “DC” identify a chiropractor, whose education typically includes an undergraduate degree plus four years of chiropractic college.
Do I need a referral from my Medical Doctor?
In most cases a referral from your Medical Doctor is not necessary. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers. The only time you are required to see your medical doctor before you see a chiropractor is when your insurance plan requires a referral from a medical doctor. You may contact your insurance provider or employee benefits to find out what is required
What is the first visit like?
The standard of care for every new patient includes a complete chiropractic examination which may consist of chiropractic evaluation, orthopedic, neurologic, nutritional examinations. In some cases, diagnostic images or lab studies may be ordered to further assist in diagnosing your condition. Treatments may begin on the initial visit.
How often will I have to go for treatment?
Treatment plans are based on each individual’s needs and goals. Some patients want symptomatic relief while other seek maintenance care. A treatment plan will be discussed with you by the doctor typically on the second visit.