FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What's wrong? Can you help me? How long will it take? How much will it cost?

A: I group these questions together because they are the common ones all new patients have. These questions call for specific answers that can't be determined until you are seen. Identifying what's wrong begins with a good history. Be prepared to tell the doctor where it hurts, when it started, why it started if you know. What makes it better? What makes it worse? What treatment have you tried? Once we determine what the cause of the problem is, we can discuss treatment options. How long will it take depends on many things. With many common musculoskeletal aches and pains most people see significant improvement within two weeks, some right away. We realize patient have varying resources of time and money. We will be happy to provide you and estimate of care before starting care. If you have insurance, we can help you determine those benefits. We can also arrange payment options.

Q: Are chiropractic treatment safe?

A: Chiropractic care is extremely safe when compared to medical treatment. Most bad press and prejudice comes from stories of strokes following neck manipulation. Many medical doctors falsely assume that neck manipulation is dangerous for this reason. Much investigation and research has been done into the relationship of strokes to neck manipulation. Since osteopaths, some medical doctors and physical therapists and even massage therapists may manipulate the neck the concern goes beyond chiropractic. Chirpractors get the bad press because they treat so many more bad necks. The estimated risk of a stroke after neck manipulation is one in a million to one in four million. The latest studies conclude that most of stoke case were already in progress before their neck was ever touched! It was the early symptoms of stroke such as neck pain, stiffness and headache that prompted the patient to seek care in the first place. In the absence of other defining symptoms these patients' strokes were overlooked.

Q: Do spinal adjustments hurt?

A: We use a variety of adjusting methods depending on your condition. Some are gentle and patients comment on how relaxing it feels. Some are more forceful and not as comfortable. We accomodate treatment to the needs of the patient. Keep in mind you really are in control of what we do. We are here to help not to hurt.

Q: What is the popping sound?

A: The popping sound comes from gapping of the joint spaces. (see study) The more a joint gaps the more likely it is to pop. Manual hands on adjusting generally creates alot of gapping and is commonly accompanied by popping. Other techniques using hand held instruments create little joint gapping and no popping. The pop occurs when the fluid lubricating the joint releases a bubble of carbon dioxide. Joints will pop whether they need adjusting or not. Chiropractors are trained to locate joints/vertebrae that are not moving properly and adjust them. By restoring normal joint motion, pain from irritated nerves can be reduced. Immediate pain reduction following an adjustment does not correlate with the popping sound. In other words patients can feel better whether the pop occurs or not. (see study)