The 4 Most Frequently Asked Chiropractic Care Questions and The Answers to Them
Most people have a few questions when considering Chiropractic care to naturally treat pain and injuries. If you've been wondering if Chiropractic is a good option for you, you'll want to take a look at these commonly asked questions.
What Kinds of Conditions Do Chiropractors Treat?
Chiropractic treatment focuses on your muscles, vertebrae, joints, tendons, and ligaments. The treatment may be a good choice if you experience joint, muscle or nerve pain after a car accident, fall or another type of injury.
Accidents aren't the only cause of pain. Fortunately, your chiropractor can also treat back, neck or shoulder pain related to poor posture, overuse injuries, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and other conditions.
Pain and stiffness can occur when your spine becomes misaligned. Spinal misalignments cause your muscles and joints to become tight and stiff, and are responsible for pain and decreased range of motion. Misaligned vertebrae in your spine and tight muscles may also press on your nerves, triggering or increasing pain.
Chiropractic treatments are designed to improve the alignment of the spine and other joints, ease muscle tension and stiffness, relieve pressure on nerves, decrease inflammation, and improve range of motion and flexibility.
Chiropractic treatment can be helpful for many conditions, including:
What Treatments Do Chiropractors Offer?
If you've ever seen a character on a TV show or movie receive chiropractic care, you may assume that Spinal Manipulations are the only treatments chiropractors offer. During spinal manipulation, your chiropractor uses quick, hands-on pressure to realign the small vertebrae in your spinal column. Many people refer to this as "cracking the neck," but the cracking sounds produced during manipulation are actually gas bubbles released from the joints.
Improving the alignment of the spine with spinal manipulation reduces inflammation, improves flexibility and range of motion, enhances blood flow and decreases pressure on the joints, nerves, muscles, and ligaments.
In 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a systematic review of studies that evaluated the effectiveness of spinal manipulation in treating acute low back pain. The review noted that manipulation was associated with less pain and improved function six weeks after treatment.
Other studies have shown spinal manipulation and chiropractic treatments to be effective in treating whiplash, neck pain, plantar fasciitis, hip and knee osteoarthritis, migraines and other conditions.
In addition to Spinal Manipulation, your chiropractor may also offer these treatments:
How Much Does Chiropractic Cost?
Chiropractic care is typically less expensive than medical care. Because the treatments are not invasive and do not incorporate drugs, Chiropractic solutions are not only cost-effective, but also carry less risk of unwanted side effects. Pricing really depends on the individual patient. Telling a patient what their bill will be before they have been evaluated is a lot like asking a mechanic how much to fix a vehicle before he/she has seen it or heard a description of the problem... It's nearly impossible. That being said, the following explanation should give you a good idea.
If you have insurance that covers Chiropractic, then it may only be as much as a copay or coinsurance. If you are worried because you don't have insurance, then don't dismay. We offer substantial cash discounts to ChiroHealthUSA members. Becoming a member is incredibly cheap ($49/year) and adds up to huge savings. Signing up is easy and we can help you with the process right here in the clinic for no charge. Keep in mind that we do not receive any money from ChiroHealthUSA or for your membership. We simply use this as a legal way to give you the highest quality care for the most affordable price. This is our way of giving back to the community and making care affordable on any budget.
Your first visit is always the most expensive because a thorough exam must be performed that includes reviewing your complaints, your history, and performing the physical evaluation. We want to accurately diagnose the problem and make sure that you are a good fit for our treatment. If not, we will refer you to the correct place: your primary care, specialist, another chiropractor, or other healthcare provider. This first exam can range from $90-$200 for our standard fee without any discount applied. Usually the first exam is no more than $100. Some patients are offered treatment after the exam on their first day. After your first visit, the doctor will review your case, make a diagnosis, and devise a treatment plan. At the beginning of your second visit, you will be given your report of findings. The doctor will sit down with you to review his findings, explain the diagnosis, outline your options, and make treatment recommendations. This report of findings is given at no additional cost. After receiving the information, patients can choose their options for care. Typical treatment visits range from $45-$150 (standard fee without discount) depending on how many therapies and what kind of treatment you are receiving. If it is one simple problem, then you may only need an adjustment of 1-2 regions and the cost is minimal. If this is a serious problem that requires several types of therapies along with manipulation, you may be looking at more. Our average patient spends less than $70/visit and receives 30-60 minutes of care. Care is highly personalized and is definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Am I a Good Candidate for Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment option for most people. During your first visit, your Chiropractor will perform a thorough examination, order X-rays or other diagnostic tests, and discuss your medical history and symptoms before recommending a treatment plan.
Although medication can temporarily dull your pain, your symptoms will return unless you address the cause. Chiropractic care treats the source of your pain (typically mechanical dysfunction), eliminating or reducing the need for pain killers like opiods or other medications. It's a good choice if you're experiencing sudden or chronic pain or have other symptoms, such as:
Chiropractic treatment can help relieve your symptoms naturally. Contact us if you're ready to schedule an appointment.