What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors have extensive training in the basic and clinical sciences as well as the human body and physical diagnosis. The “Doctor of Chiropractic” degree is equivalent to medical doctors and osteopaths.
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What conditions benefit from chiropractic treatment?
Chiropractors are well known for relieving back pain, neck pain, headaches, numbness, sciatica and disc problems. Sports chiropractic is excellent for relieving tendinitis, bursitis and all sorts of extremity problems and injuries. Chiropractic can also help many other conditions including arthritis, digestive problems, asthma and ear infections as well as assisting with a healthy pregnancy.
In general, chiropractic focuses on restoring normal function to the joints and nerves of the entire body. Nerves control all the functions of the body but only 10% of the nerves convey pain. If a “nerve of function” is injured or compromised there may not be pain, but the nerve and its tissues will lose function. There may not be immediate symptoms but health problems often occur later.
Why is chiropractic therapy necessary after a car accident?
Chiropractic evaluation and treatment is absolutely critical after a car accident, especially if you want to achieve a complete recovery!
That doesn’t mean everyone has whiplash or that everyone needs chiropractic treatment, but without proper evaluation and treatment these injuries often become chronic or even worse, seem to resolve only to return weeks, months or years later. It is never too late to get help, but sooner is always better!
Soft tissue injuries heal through a process known as the “fibrosis of repair” which basically means scar tissue. It is absolutely critical to properly evaluate, treat and rehabilitate these injuries as quickly as possible to achieve a complete or maximum recovery. Even those without immediate symptoms should be evaluated for hidden signs of injury which is why we offer a complimentary screening evaluation as a community service to anyone involved in a car accident.
Who can benefit from chiropractic adjustments?
Doctors of Chiropractic care for patients of all ages from young children to seniors. Chiropractors are especially known for helping those suffering with back pain, neck pain, headaches, injuries and disorders of muscles, joints and ligaments.
Athletes can benefit from regular adjustments to maintain optimal performance and minimize their susceptibility to injury. The benefits of chiropractic care also extend to general health issues, pregnancy and children. In fact, many people choose to seek adjustments on a regular basis to “maintain” their health and spinal function.
DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Is chiropractic manipulation safe and effective?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available.
Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. However, the risks associated with chiropractic are very small and many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment. Some may experience mild soreness or aching just as they do after some forms of exercise. Research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
In addition to being a safe form of treatment, spinal manipulation is incredibly effective at getting patients back on their feet faster than traditional medical care. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in those patients who have been experiencing symptoms for one year or less. In addition, a study in the journal Spine found that manual manipulation provided better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications.
Is chiropractic treatment painful?
A common misconception is that chiropractic is painful. Rarely does chiropractic treatment hurt and the majority of patients find being adjusted a pleasant and even relaxing experience. If you have severe pain, it may be necessary to administer other treatments before performing an adjustment. We will always use the most appropriate technique to minimize your discomfort and also show you the proper home care.
Will I need x-rays?
Whether or not you will need x-rays depends on your specific condition. If your condition can be diagnosed without the use of x-rays, none will be taken. However, x-rays are often used to rule out more serious problems after an accident or injury. They also provide an assessment of spinal health or age and allow us to determine the most effective treatment for your condition.
When taken, your x-rays will be explained in detail so that you will be fully informed about your condition and recommended treatment.
How long will it take to feel better and will I need treatment forever?
Since every patient and condition is different, your treatment and response will also vary. As a general rule, the more serious the injury or problem and the longer it has been present, the longer it will take to feel better.
Most patients notice significant improvement within the first few visits, but your overall recovery time depends upon many factors including your commitment to your treatment program, home exercises, lifestyle changes and other recommendations.
In addition to “acute care” for pain relief, we offer 2 additional types of care. “Corrective care” is designed to fix the cause of your problem so it doesn’t return when you stop treatment. “Supportive care” is for those that want to keep their spine and nervous system functioning at an optimum level.
The type of care and how long to benefit from chiropractic is always up to you.