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What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractor's care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. They have an expertise in caring for back pain, neck pain, and headaches. This is done through their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. But, it doesn't stop there, they also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues too.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available. As with anything, there's always a risk of potential side effects, but chiropractic care has an excellent safety record. Many patients experience immediate results, while others will still have some minor soreness or aching, just like how you may feel after working out. This discomfort typically fades after 24 hours. Just remember, it's important that during your consult with the doctor to be very specific about any symptoms you may have or anything that is bothering you. This will help the chiropractor provide the safest most effective treatment, even if it means a referral to another health provider.

Does chiropractic care require a referral from an MD?
A referral is usually not necessary to see a chiropractor. But, there are cases when a health plan may require one. You can always call your health insurance provider to find out, but most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment.

Do insurance plans cover chiropractic care?
Yes. Chiropractic care is covered by mostly all health insurance plans. Contact your chiropractor today for more information on exactly which insurance plans they accept and contact your insurance company for more details on your chiropractic coverage.

Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
Yes, it's safe for children and they can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are constantly physically active and can experience all kinds of falls and other injuries from daily activities as well as participation in sports. These injuries can cause a wide variety of symptoms from back and neck pain to stiffness to soreness to any kind of discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to each patient and in the case of children is very gentle.

How is chiropractic adjustment performed?
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulations is a manual procedure. These skills for this procedure is developed during the doctor’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The hands are typically used to make the adjustment or manipulation, but some chiropractors may use an instrument. Adjustment or manipulation is done to the joints of the body, particularly the spine, to help naturally heal the patient and enhance or resolve joint function. By doing this, joint inflammation is often resolved and pain is reduced. Each chiropractic session is adapted to the patients' particular needs and symptoms. Chiropractic care rarely causes any discomfort and is a very controlled procedure.

Why is there a popping sound when the joint is adjusted?
The adjustment or manipulation of the joint can result in the release of a gas bubble, which would be in between the joints, and this will make a popping sound. This is the same thing that happens when you "crack" your knuckles or move and hear that sound every so often. There is a change in pressure within the joint, which causes the gas bubble to be released, thus making a popping sound.
Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
It is not always necessary to visit the chiropractor a number of times. It's possible to feel better after just one visit. But keep in mind this is definitely not always the case. Depending on your symptoms and the Doctors diagnosis, you may have to go back a number of times. A Chiropractor may provide you with acute, chronic and/or preventive care. Your doctor will tell you the extent of the treatment needed to help you and how long you may need to be seen.
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