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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you are curious about chiropractic care, but don't know where to start, check out some of the most frequently asked questions.
What should I expect during a visit ?Initial Visit Your initial visit will generally last between 45 minutes to one hour. This will include a detailed history of your complaint, history of past injuries, a physical examination, and your initial treatment. The physical exam may include range of motion, orthopedic testing, neurological testing, and movement assessments to help diagnose the cause of pain and dysfunction. After the exam, the doctor will review the results and recommend a treatment plan specialized to your goals and condition. The last step of the initial visit is treatment. Based on your condition, the doctor may use spinal adjustments, soft tissue work, muscle stimulation, traction therapy, and corrective exercises. Subsequent visits Return visits range anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. Therapies may change from treatment to treatment depending on your condition. Exercises will be taught during some of the treatments and are encouraged to be continued at home.
Does insurance cover chiropractic care ?Yes, chriopractic care us included in most general health insurance plans, worker's compensation, medicaid, medicare, and others. Chiropractic care is also offered at active military bases and VA hospitals all over the country.
Does the adjustment hurt ?Typically, adjustments are pain free and most patients say they feel good. However, The first few adjustments may be slightly uncomfortable depending on the patient's tolerance to pain and the severity of the condition. Even if the adjustment is uncomfortable, this is only temporary and only last a few seconds. Most patients leave feeling some sort of positive benefit from treatment.
Do I need a referral from my doctor or insurance company ?If you have a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) or Executive Provider Organization (EPO) plan than the answer is NO. If you are in a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) network then you may need a referral.
How long do I have to come in for treatment ?In many cases, it may just take a treatment or two to resolve your condition. In others, a brief course of 4-6 visits may be required, and in more serious or chronic problems long term care may be recommended along with appropriate exercises. In some cases referral for second opinion with a medical specialist will be discussed.
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