Chiropractors are first-contact physicians, so a patient does not require referral from a medical doctor before visiting a Doctor of Chiropractic. Following a consultation and examination, your chiropractor will arrive at a diagnosis and develop a plan for treatment which may include referral to the appropriate health care provider.
The majority of health care plans have coverage for chiropractic services, though benefits vary from plan to plan. Also, there is chiropractic benefit in Worker’s Compensation and Personal Injury cases. Our front desk staff will help you determine if chiropractic care is covered under your plan. For a list of insurance panels with which we participate, click here.
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure in which the chiropractor typically uses his hands to restore motion or alignment to the joints of the body in an effort to reduce pain or restore normal joint biomechanics. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. Your chiropractor will adjust the procedure to meet your specific needs.
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 are small. Many patients feel immediate relief following treatment while others may experience mild soreness or aching. Current literature shows that this minor discomfort typically fades within 24 hours.
The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times – to be treated by a chiropractor, you need to be in his office! In contrast, treatment from medical doctors often involves procedures that can be done at home such as taking a course of antibiotics daily for several weeks. A chiropractor can provide acute, chronic, or preventative care which can sometimes make a certain number of visits necessary. Your chiropractor will tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.