Common Questions About Chiropractic Care
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Although there can be some discomfort if the segment is already sore, the adjustment itself produces little or no pain. Chiropractic doctors strive to set the spine into its proper position with as little force as possible. Our job is to relieve pain and nerve irritation, not to cause pain.
Is chiropractic effective?
Today, more than 20 million adults use chiropractic services each year. There are approximately 60,000 doctors of chiropractic in active practice throughout the United States. Chiropractors are licensed in all fifty states after completing a rigorous course of study, and their practices are regulated by state chiropractic boards. Chiropractic services are covered by Medicare, auto insurance, workers compensation, and health insurance.
In 1994, the Federal Agency for Health Policy and Research concluded that spinal manipulation, chiropractic’s primary treatment technique, was one of only three treatments whose effectiveness was substantiated by research. A September 1998 survey by the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention found that 81% of patients surveyed said that chiropractic eliminated or reduced their symptoms considerably. Several recent studies suggest that spinal manipulations may be beneficial for headaches, particularly those related to muscle tension.
How many treatments will I need?
Our goal is to get the patient to their optimal health level with as few adjustments as possible. There is no need to keep adjusting a patient once their subluxations are reduced. It is a misconception that once you are adjusted, you must keep getting adjusted. Also, there is nothing about the adjustment that makes your body need more adjustments.
Dr. Miller, Dr. Hague, and are trained to find and reduce subluxations as quickly as possible. Each patient is different. To say that everyone must get adjusted at least 10, 20, or even 30 times is inconsistent with what we know about the human body. Each patient will be evaluated on each visit to determine progress so that the decision can be made when to stop and let the body heal. Some will respond quickly with as few as two or three adjustments; others with more serious problems – especially if the problem has been chronic – may take longer, even up to a year. The doctor will discuss your treatment plan with you throughout your care.
What is the “popping” sound I hear? Is it normal?
The popping sound you hear is gas rapidly escaping the joint, not bone rubbing bone as so many people erroneously assume. The joint making the sound as it moves and releases gas is the compensation joint, or “hypermobile” joint. That joint is already moving too much because it is helping the spine adjust to a lower or higher joint that is not moving properly, the actual site of the subluxation.
What is the initial visit like?
Your first visit will generally take approximately 40 – 60 minutes. Similar to other healthcare appointments, the initial chiropractic visit consists of consultation, examination, and treatment.
Consultation: (5-10 minutes)
- Detailed patient history of symptoms
- Onset of pain: how did the pain start?
- Provocation/Palliation: factors make the pain better or worse
- Quality of pain: sharp, dull, burning, throbbing, etc.
- Region of ration: location of the pain, does it radiates (extends) to other areas
- Severity: Pain rating on the Visual Analogue Scale (usually from 0 – 10)
- Time: when did the pain start? Previous episode.
- Patient medical/occupational history.
After reviewing your health and family health history information, your chiropractor will conduct a physical examination to evaluate your condition. If X-rays are indicated, they will be done after the examination. Other things the doctor may request are as follows:
- MRI, CT, or bone scan (or any reports if these tests have already been conducted)
- Laboratory tests
- Records from other providers you have seen for this condition
If it is a chiropractic case and you can benefit greatly from chiropractic adjustment without any contraindication, your chiropractor will proceed with the treatment.