FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY CHOOSE CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is a safe, effective, non-drug treatment option to help patients who suffer from physical pain. According to the CDC, opioid related deaths have quadrupled since 1999; in 2014 over 2 million people abused or were dependent on opioids. The American College of Physicians recently updated its guidelines for treatment of acute and chronic low back pain to recommend first non-invasive, non-drug treatments before resorting to drug therapies. Chiropractic and other conservative (non-drug) approaches to pain management can be an important first line of defense against pain and addiction caused by the overuse of prescription opioid pain medications.
WHAT CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP WITH?
Chiropractic can help with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractors not only treat conditions of the spine but also of the extremities. Here are some examples of conditions treated daily in a chiropractic office: car accident injuries, work injuries, disc herniations, low back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, hip pain, knee pain, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, and jaw pain.
WHAT IS YOUR NEW PATIENT PROCEDURE?
Prior to your first appointment you will be asked to fill out paperwork online or in the office, this paperwork will give the doctor background on your symptoms and condition. Your first appointment will be scheduled for 60 minutes and the doctor will initially take you through some questions to get a history on your overall health and presenting complaint. The next step is the physical exam where the doctor will perform an evaluation of your condition using specific orthopedic and neurological tests and develop a working diagnosis. In addition to the physical exam the doctor will also obtain your blood pressure, pulse and temperature. If necessary, and only when needed, the doctor may advise an x-ray be taken. Following the history and physical exam, the doctor will explain your diagnosis and specific treatment options as well as a personalized treatment plan. If your doctor determines that your condition would be more appropriately treated by another health care professional, they will make the proper referral to get you the help you need.
IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE?
Chiropractic is safe and for the most part not painful. It is very common and normal to feel sore after getting adjusted, and the soreness should only last about 24 hours. To help prevent soreness it is important to stay hydrated before and after being adjusted and to keep moving, motion is lotion to the joints!
In some rare cases, neck manipulation was associated with vertebral basilar insufficiency (VBI). However, many studies have shown that you are just as likely to experience a VBI at your primary care physician's office or even the hair salon.
WHAT IS THE POPPING SOUND?
During an adjustment, a chiropractor brings a joint through it's range of motion quickly, and that quick change in pressure will release gas, causing the "pop" sound. Sometimes during an adjustment there is no popping sound heard, but that doesn't mean that the adjustment wasn't effective. Also, it should be noted that an adjustment has not been proven to improve health, it is delivered to improve the motion at that joint and stimulate the surrounding nerves and muscles.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO BE TREATED?
At Treasure State Chiropractic our goal is to treat you as an individual and personalize your treatment plan. We also want to provide you with the tools to stay healthy once you have been treated in our office. We do not provide nor recommend long treatment protocols that have patients coming in 3-4 times a week for months on end. We want to get you feeling better as soon as possible and get you back to doing the things you enjoy.