Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

FAQ

Below are answers to some of the most common questions we get asked.

General Questions

  1. What are your hours?
  2. What insurances do you accept?
  3. How much out of pocket expense will I have?
  4. What conditions do chiropractors treat?
  5. Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?
  6. Is chiropractic treatment safe?
  7. Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
  8. Are chiropractors allowed to practice in hospitals or use medical outpatient facilities?
  9. Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?
  10. What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
  11. How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
  12. Once I start chiropractic do I have to keep going the rest of my life?
  13. Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
  14. What Causes Back Pain?
  15. Can I adjust myself?
  16. Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
  17. Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
  18. Is a good work-out the same as getting adjusted?
  19. How does chiropractic work?
  20. Is treatment by a chiropractor painful?

General Questions

  1. What are your hours?  ↑ Back to Top
    We are open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays we stay open until 6pm, and we close for lunch between noon to 2pm.
  2. What insurances do you accept?  ↑ Back to Top
    Almost all insurances will cover chiropractic, but the coverage is different for each of them. Call our office at 918-274-3888 about your specific insurance coverage.
  3. How much out of pocket expense will I have?  ↑ Back to Top
    That depends on your insurance plan. We contract with most plans, and they tell us how much we must collect from you. However, we do offer financial hardship arrangements, and also offer zero interest financing, with no credit check and unlimited coverage amounts. You can even tell us how much you can afford each month, and that can be your payment amount. We make care affordable for everyone!
  4. What conditions do chiropractors treat?  ↑ Back to Top
    Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
  5. Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?  ↑ Back to Top
    A referral is not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may require a referral in order to be covered under that insurance plan. You may want to contact your employer?s human resources department?or the insurance plan directly?to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC directly.
  6. Is chiropractic treatment safe?  ↑ Back to Top
    Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
  7. Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?  ↑ Back to Top
    Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
  8. Are chiropractors allowed to practice in hospitals or use medical outpatient facilities?  ↑ Back to Top
    Chiropractors are being recognized to admit and treat patients in hospitals and to use outpatient clinical facilities (such as labs, x-rays, etc.) for their non-hospitalized patients. Hospital privileges were first granted in 1983.
  9. Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?  ↑ Back to Top
    Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers? compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at 36 major veterans medical facilities.
  10. What type of education and training do chiropractors have?  ↑ Back to Top
    Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. Here is a good article on this subject: http://www.yourmedicaldetective.com/drgrisanti/mddc.htm
  11. How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?  ↑ Back to Top
    Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic?s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
  12. Once I start chiropractic do I have to keep going the rest of my life?  ↑ Back to Top
    No. Just like brushing your teeth for the first time doesn't mean you will have to do so the rest of your life. However, just like brushing your teeth, there are benefits from getting chiropractic adjustments that many people discover, and choose to continue care after their symptoms improve. The choice is always up to you, the patient.
  13. Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?  ↑ Back to Top
    Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The noise is not harmful to the joint, and is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. This popping noise is not necessary in order to move a bone or re-align a joint, and does not indicate the success of a treatment.
  14. What Causes Back Pain?  ↑ Back to Top
    The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. Whilesports injuriesor accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements?for example, picking up a pencil from the floor? can have painful results. In addition,arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, orbone loss.
  15. Can I adjust myself?  ↑ Back to Top
    No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a ""popping"" sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!
  16. Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?  ↑ Back to Top
    Yes. It's an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is know as ""Failed Back Surgery Syndrome."" Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially, utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
  17. Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?  ↑ Back to Top
    Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight, age, and condition of health.
  18. Is a good work-out the same as getting adjusted?  ↑ Back to Top
    No. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal function a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints.
  19. How does chiropractic work?  ↑ Back to Top
    Chiropractic works by restoring your body's inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!
  20. Is treatment by a chiropractor painful?  ↑ Back to Top
    Most patients report that chiropractic adjustments feel good. Depending on the cause of your pain or injury, you may feel some soreness after a chiropractic treatment. This is because the adjustment moves bone and stretches muscles that may not have stretched or moved that way in a long time. This usually goes away within 24 hours. If you experience any symptoms after an adjustment, apply ice for 10 minutes to that area and inform the doctor at your next appointment.
If you have questions not answered above, please contact us.
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