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Chiropractic Care: What to Expect

Do you suffer from constant pain and discomfort? For most, this is due to an injury. For others, there is no explanation. Pain can easily be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, but relief is short lived. Since pain relievers do have risks, especially with prolonged use, it is important to seek proper medical care. One of your options is chiropractic care.

If you weren’t already aware, chiropractic care is a form of medicine. Some classify it as alternative medicine, as the treatment options are very different. Most notice a difference between the care provided by a chiropractor and a primary care physician. Chiropractors believe in manual therapy. This is therapy with the use of the hands. Common methods of solving pain problems include therapeutic massages and manipulation. For example, neck pain may be treated with a neck realignment.

If you like the sound of chiropractic care, the first step is to schedule an appointment. Chiropractors can be found online with a standard internet search or an online business directory. Most are also listed in the yellow pages of local phone books, under the heading of physicians or chiropractic care. If you have a number of local options, look for the best care with the most affordable price. Some insurance providers do cover chiropractic care. If covered by insurance, speak to a representative to see if your care qualifies for coverage and to familiarize yourself with in-network providers.

Not long after making your appointment, you will arrive for it. The wait can be as short as two days, but as long as two months. The more chiropractors you have in your area, the shorter the wait should be. As for your first visit, it will be similar to a consultation appointment. Your chiropractor will take your medical history. They may take your blood pressure, measure your height and weight. Your source of pain will be examined, like your neck, hands, knees, or feet.

Some chiropractors can diagnose a problem by simply looking at or feeling your source of pain. However, additional tests may be needed. These may include an MRI or x-ray. Some chiropractors will begin treatment immediately, but you may need to return for an additional appointment. It will depend on the length of your appointment, the type of care needed, and how soon a course of treatment was decided on.

As for the second appointment, this depends. As previously stated, treatment may have started right away. If not, it will start here at the second appointment. Once again, treatment depends on the diagnosis made. If your chiropractor wants to treat your neck pain with realignment, they will start the manipulation. If ongoing therapeutic massages were recommended, your treatment will start.

After the initial treatment has been performed, it is important to communicate with your chiropractor. For example, if regular therapeutic massages are needed, you automatically know that continued care is needed. On the other hand, if your neck was realigned, you may mistakenly believe you are done. Despite the common misconception, chiropractic care does not always translate into continued care, but there are benefits. After a neck realignment, therapy may be needed. Patients regain mobility they never had before; it takes time and practice to readjust to it.

In addition to wondering about chiropractic care visits, many patients are also curious about payment. Not all insurance providers cover chiropractic care. And, not all chiropractors choose to work with insurance providers. If you are uninsured and paying out-of-pocket, this will not be a concern for you. Instead, examine your available payment options. They do vary. Some care centers accept credit cards, debit cards, and checks, while others only take cash.

Returning back to insurance coverage, do not make any assumptions. Always speak to an insurance provider first. If chiropractic care is covered, determine by how much. Do you need to pay for a percentage of treatment costs or just a co-pay? Can you seek care from any chiropractor or must you work with an in-network provider? These are all questions you need answers to before scheduling an appointment.


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Chiropractic Care and Back Pain

At one point in time, we all experience back pain.  For some, it was just exercising too hard or improperly lifting a box.  These types of back pains are usually minor and the pain will subside with time and self-care.  There are however, instances in which back pain is more serious and when medical care is needed.

 

When suffering from back pain, most individuals head to their primary care physician.  If this is your only option, this is fine.  But, if you have the financial resources needed to pay for your own appointments or if chiropractic care is covered by your health insurance, head to a chiropractor.  Why?  Because the care is better and safer.

 

What is chiropractic care?  Chiropractic care is the natural practice of medicine.  It relies on manual therapy.  This involves the use of the hands.  Medical tools, such as sonograms, x-rays, or MRIs, may be used to diagnose a problem, but the hands only usually provide treatment.  Popular procedures performed by chiropractors include therapeutic massages and chiropractic adjustments.  This involves using precise force to thrust a joint back into place or to extend it past its current ability to move.

 

How does treatment for back pain vary from traditional forms of health care?  If you visit your primary care physician to seek pain relief, he or she will usually tell you to take an easy and prescribe pain medication.  This only temporarily relieves the pain.  Not all forms of back pain heal themselves.  A slipped disk or another spinal or joint problem may be to blame.  Pain pills and rest will not solve the problem, but chiropractors do.  They will manipulate the spine and the back to elevate pain and improve mobility.

 

Does chiropractic care automatically mean ongoing care?  No.  Many people mistakenly believe that once you visit a chiropractor, you must continue going.  Some chiropractors do recommend continued care, but not always.  For example, if an adjustment or spinal manipulation is used, you may need to return for a small amount of therapy or just a follow-up appointment.  During that appointment, your chiropractor will share ways to stop pain at home.  This will include showing you how to properly lift boxes, sit at a computer and so forth.  They may ask you to return in another six months to monitor the progress.

 

How does one find a chiropractor?  Unless you already knew the benefits of chiropractic care, you might not have given chiropractors any thought.  You may have driven by two or three offices a day and never noticed.  It is easy to find chiropractors.  They are everywhere.  Your town or a nearby town should have at least two to choose from.  As for how you can find them, local phonebooks, online business directories, insurance providers, recommendations from those you know, and by performing a standard internet search.

 

How does one choose a chiropractor?  You now know how to find chiropractors, but how do you choose one?  If covered by health insurance, check with your provider.  Some offer moneysaving discounts to those who go with special in-network providers.  If not, opt for a chiropractor who accepts your insurance.  If uninsured, opt for the chiropractor with the most affordable rates or one who offers flexible payment plans.

 

In conclusion, if you suffer from back pain or discomfort, don’t suffer in silence any longer.  Don’t just mask your symptoms.  Recurring back pain is a sign that something is wrong.  A licensed chiropractor cannot only find the problem, but treat it with no surgery, non-invasive procedures, and with no medication.


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Chiropractic Care: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you suffer from joint pain?  Do you find it difficult to move or function from day-to-day?  If so, you can benefit from chiropractic care.  But wait!  What is it?  What are the benefits?  What types of procedures are offered?  If these are some of the questions you have, continue reading on for the answers.

 

Question:  What is chiropractic care?

 

Answer:  It is medical care that is deemed natural.  Chiropractors will rely on the x-rays and MRIs to make proper diagnosis, but that is usually it in terms of medical tools and technology.  They operate with a hands on approach.  This approach is known as manual therapy.  Often times, most physicians only treat the problem causing symptoms of pain and discomfort.  Chiropractors want to treat these symptoms too, but they go directly to the source and fix it.

 

Questions: What type of problems can chiropractic care treat?

 

Answer:  Just about anything.  If you suffer from pain and discomfort, a chiropractor should be able to provide you with relief.  This relief may not be immediate, as diagnosis and proper treatment plan must first happen.  Chiropractic care typically involves therapeutic massages or realignment.  It has been used to treat the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis, whiplash, and sports injuries.

 

Question:  Who can undergo chiropractic care?

 

Answer:  Just about anyone.  You will rarely find any restrictions or age requirements.  If they do exist, they are the doctor’s own personal preferences.  Chiropractic care, when properly performed, is safe for individuals of all ages, including children and the elderly.  In fact, pregnant woman can benefit from it.  For most, it makes birth easier and less painful.

 

Question:  What type of schooling and experience must chiropractors have?

 

Answer:  Requirements vary depending on state.  What you want to look for, as a patient, is a doctor with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree.  There are various tests that one has to undergo and pass.  Once again, these vary by state.  To receive a state license, more testing is required.  As for schooling, it is usually an ongoing practice.  New techniques are developed each year and tips are regularly shared between professionals.  Many chiropractors continue their schooling and attend yearly chiropractic conferences.  This is not usually required, but done to better their skills and treatment.

 

Question:  Does chiropractic care work?

 

Answer.  Yes.  Many individuals and some medical professionals write off chiropractic care as a questionable form of alternative medicine.  This is not the truth.  In fact, chiropractic care is very successful.  Millions of men, women, and children have used the services of a chiropractor worldwide.  Many opt for continued treatment and care.  They wouldn’t if they didn’t notice an improvement in mobility and a reduction in pain.

 

Question:  Can I do my own chiropractic care at home?

 

Answer:  No, you shouldn’t.  Many mistakenly believe that since chiropractic care involves using the hands, it can be done at home.  Yes, manual therapy does involve the use of the hands, but it is much more than that.  Precision is required.  Chiropractic adjustments are used to decrease pain and improve mobility in locked up joints.  Yes, the hands apply force, but if you are not accurate more damage and pain is likely.

 

Question:  Is chiropractic care long-term?

 

Answer:  It depends.  It all depends on the severity of your pain, the frequency, and your chiropractor’s choice of treatment.  For example, if headaches are caused by spinal distortion, vertebrae realignment is performed.  A chiropractor may suggest a few follow-up appointments, but treatment is usually short.  On the other hand, those suffering from osteoarthritis deal with pain and daily.  Therapeutic massages will reduce the pain, but continued treatment is best for long-lasting pain relief.

 

Question:  What makes chiropractic care better than traditional forms of medicine?

 

Answer:  A lot.  For starters, it is important to note that chiropractors do not discourage seeing a primary care physician.  Chiropractors specialize in alleviating pain and improving mobility, not curing cancer or treating the flu.  As for the benefits, there are no drugs.  Chiropractors are unable to perform surgery and write prescriptions.  Your treatment is 100% natural.  This is less intimidating, and the recovery time is short.  In fact, there rarely is a recovery period.  Continued physical therapy or therapeutic massages may be suggested, but there is never any hospitalization.


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When to Visit a Chiropractor

You may have heard that chiropractic care has many benefits.  These benefits include natural relief of pain, discomfort, and difficulty walking.  You receive pain relief, but it isn’t like with over-the-counter medications.  Relief is a combination of instant and long-lasting.

When should you visit a chiropractor?

After a car accident.  Many car accident victims suffer from whiplash.  This is painful, but usually corrects on its own.  Therapeutic massages from a chiropractor can provide temporary relief.  As the natural correction occurs, a chiropractor will monitor the progression.  They will make the decision to perform an adjustment or realignment if and when the time is right.  Even if you aren’t diagnosed has having whiplash, there are still benefits to seeking chiropractic care after an automobile accident.

If participating in sports.  All athletes, both old and young, can benefit from continued chiropractic care.  After a sports injury, massage and adjustments are important for pain relief and to prevent later complications.  All athletes should seek chiropractic care after an injury, but you don’t have to wait.  Contact sports place a lot of pressure on the spine and other joints.

If pregnant.  Many pregnant women mistakenly believe that chiropractic care is dangerous.  It isn’t.  In fact, there are many benefits to incorporating it into prenatal care.  Lower back pain is common in the later stages of pregnancy.  A chiropractor can eliminate these pains.  Also, the hormonal changes a woman experiences during pregnancy can bring back the pain from prior injuries.

If you just gave birth.  After labor, a woman’s body goes through many changes.  Severe labor pains and difficult labors can lead to join or spinal pain.  These are specialties treated by chiropractors.  Not only should you seek chiropractic care after birth, but bring your newborn into.  Chiropractic care is safe for individuals of all ages.  Birth is not only difficult on the mother, but the child too.

Headaches.  As previously stated, individuals should see a chiropractor when experiencing pain and discomfort.  This is common with a headache.  Daily stress can cause headaches, but there can be a more serious underlying cause.  For example, muscle contractions can cause spinal pressure.  A neck adjustment or realignment can alleviate the pressure and pain.

Arthritis.  Many arthritis patients mistakenly believe that they will suffer for the rest of their lives.  It does not have to be that way.  It is possible to seek relief from chiropractic care.  Over-the-counter pain relief pills and surgery aren’t your only option.  A chiropractor can adjust joints to promote free movement.  Therapeutic massages can treat ongoing chronic pain.

If your child has a medical condition that causes them pain and discomfort.  When considering this, also think outside of the box.  A chiropractor can help your child with lower back pains and frequent headaches, but that is not all.  Chiropractic care, spinal and joint manipulation can all reduce the discomfort associated with frequent earaches, allergies, sleep disorders, and scoliosis.

When stress consumes your life.  With the troubling economy, growing number of layoffs, and increasing number of foreclosures, all Americans have stress.  There is a difference between stressing over losing your home and stressing over the little things, such as having a clean house.  Those who suffer from stress severe enough to have a panic attack cannot only benefit from relaxing therapeutic massages, but adjustments too.  Occasionally, an aggravated nerve route sends confusing messages to the brain.

If you just want to improve your health.  Overtime, it is easy to develop spine and joint problems.  These problems may be mild and may not even result in pain, but that may change later in life.  Chiropractic care also prevents free and healthy movement.  It does so with no medications or invasive procedures.  If you want your body to stay healthy, active, and natural, chiropractic care is the way to go.

In short, most patients want a reason to seek chiropractic care.  In fact, their insurance providers would like a reason too.  Truthfully, you can seek care for any reason or none at all.


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Neck Pain and Chiropractic Care

Do you suffer from mild to severe neck pain?  Whether that pain is due to an injury or it is just a kink in the neck that you can’t explain, you may start preparing for long-term pain.  Please wait and stop!  Don’t assume you will have to live with your pain.  A solution to your problem and pain relief may be a lot easier and quicker than you thought.  So, how do you seek relief?  By getting chiropractic care.

If you weren’t already aware, chiropractic care relies on the use of manual therapy.  With this type of therapy, surgical tools and instruments are not used.  In fact, many practicing chiropractors rarely suggest surgery, unless in extreme cases they cannot treat.  Manual therapy involves hand-on treatment.  The hands are literally used to massage and thrust joints and bones back into place.

You know what both chiropractic care and chiropractors are, but you may be worried about the costs and the results.  Not all insurance providers cover chiropractic care, so you may be responsible for the cost out-of-pocket.  Is it worth it?  In most cases, yes.  The benefits neck pain patients receive from chiropractic care far outweigh the affordable costs.  Speaking of those benefits, what are they?

If you opt to seek neck pain treatment through chiropractic care, your chiropractor will do more than just massage the neck or adjust the joints in your neck.  More than one session is needed.  First, he or she will diagnose the problem.  Then, a treatment plan will be decided.  This may include regular therapeutic massages or a neck realignment.  Treatment may wait until the next appointment.  In cases of neck realignment, aftercare is very important.  Your chiropractor may continue to massage the area or teach you exercises.

Decreased pain.  Not only do some patients experience a decrease in pain, but some see a complete elimination.  It all depends on the cause of the problem.  Were you in a car accident and suffered whiplash?  It will be painful, but the pain should go away on its own.  However, for the time being, it will be painful.  Ongoing therapeutic massages can speed up the progression of natural healing and reduce pain.

Improved mobility.  In terms of mobility, many automatically think of the feet.  Decreased mobility and movement can also result from neck pain.  A stiff neck can make it difficult and painful to move.  With chiropractic care, you will not have this problem anymore.  Full movement should be resorted.

Less reliance on pain medications.  As previously stated, one of the many benefits of chiropractic care is reduced pain.  Chiropractic pain relief eliminates the need for over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers.  This is enough benefit alone to seek treatment for your stiff or painful neck.  Medications have many risks and side effects.  Keep your body pain-free and healthy by opting for natural medical care.

Most neck pain patients refer to chiropractors as miracle workers.  There is a good chance that your doctor will be able to alleviate or eliminate your pain, but there are no guarantees.  A wide range of complications causes neck pain.  A car accident can create a painful whiplash, but it can also lead to a fracture.  Most chiropractors are unable treat neck fractures.  In and when that time comes, you will be referred to another qualified physician.


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