Frequently asked questions
What to expect on your first visit?
The first visit is an assessment in order to understand your pain or complaint and to decide if chiropractic care may be warranted. We encourage you to ask questions whenever they arise. We ask that you plan for approximately an hour and to wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. If you have a lower limb complaint, we ask that you bring shorts with you so we may properly assess the area.
Your first visit will consist of:
-Completing intake forms
- A thorough history exam discussing health history and the history of the complaint
- A physical exam which may include neurological testing, muscle testing, range of motion and orthopedic tests
- A report of findings. At this stage, the findings from the previous steps will be explained and the working diagnosis for your complaint will be given. Treatment options, treatment risks and benefits as well as alternatives will also be discussed. The purpose of this step is to allow you to completely understand your complaint and how we plan to treat it so that you may make an informed decision about your care.
-Treatment may also be given on the first visit if warranted and time permits
Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?
Chiropractors are primary care health providers meaning that you do not need a referral from a medical doctor to be seen. However, in order to be covered by their extended health insurance, some third-party payers require a referral. If you are unsure what your health insurance provider needs, make sure to contact them with any questions you may have.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
Chiropractors have specific training in spinal manipulative therapy (adjustments). These techniques are highly-skilled motions applied to restricted joints in the spine or extremities. A joint is taken to its end-range and a high velocity, low amplitude thrust is applied to the joint. A "popping" sound may or may not be heard during an adjustment. This noise that may be heard is thought to be gas escaping the joints. Some of the goals of adjustments are to help to improve joint motion and reduce pain.
What do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions related to the: spine, pelvis, extremities and associated tissues. Conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, rotator cuff strains, ankle sprains, plantar fasciosis etc. If you are unsure if chiropractic care is right for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.