frequently Asked questions
A guide for first time patients.
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments.
How do chiropractors at Your Healthy Spine differ?
While our chiropractors are trained in conventional chiropractic treatment of the spine, they are better described as movement and mobility specialists. Our unique doctors use movement patterns, along with mobility tests, as a means to screen & determine WHY you are in pain. Our doctors see patients with injuries through sports, work or anything in between.
For example, if your knee is in pain, the root of the problem may not be the site of pain but poor ankle or hip mechanics. At Your Healthy Spine, our chiropractors treat the root of the problem, not the site of pain. Not only do they get you out of pain and get you feeling well, our chiropractors aim to OPTIMIZE your health and continue to give you the tools to reach higher health & well-being goals.
Typical treatments include a comprehensive strategy that rely on contemporary approaches to get you moving well and often.
Do you accept insurance?
Most insurance companies cover many of the services we offer. Keep in mind that each insurance plan is unique. We will verify the extent of your coverage and explain the cost to you personally before we begin care. We also encourage patients to contact the insurance company directly to verify benefits so you can better understand your insurance coverage. Our staff would be happy to help with any questions you may have.
Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?
No you do NOT need a referral from your MD. If you are considering using your insurance, we do recommend checking with your insurance plan as it may have specific referral requirements (which is RARE). You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Any time is a good time for a better functioning body. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic treatments help with pregnancy discomforts, like sciatica, improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Also, certain chiropractic techniques can be used to help properly position the baby for delivery. Treatment methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age and condition of health.
What should I expect my first time?
During your first visit, which normally lasts 90 minutes, expect a thorough exam including:
- medical history
- a physical exam
- movement screens
- mobility assessments
- other orthopedic tests
Your chiropractor will assess your pain presentation, diagnose the problem and discuss a treatment strategy with you. Treatment often includes soft-tissue release, movement training (to improve strength, coordination, motor skills, eg), mobility instruction, and an adj. Expect your chiropractor to speak with you at length about ways for you to live a healthier life, with positive emphasis on things that you are doing right, and encouragement to change things that will improve your physical well-being.
What kind of side-effects can I expect?
After a session with one of our doctors, you may experience minor side-effects like soreness for a few days, but these will soon fade. As with anything your results may vary, but you can expect to notice a marked improvement after the first few trips to your chiropractor’s office. However, it is important to know that the absence of pain is not always an indicator that the problem is solved.
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the changes in pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
If I feel better, why should I keep going to the chiropractor?
You are feeling and functioning better—that’s great! For the same reason that you visit your dental hygienist regularly, you need regular maintenance of your body. The aim of our chiropractors is to continue to optimize your health. After your symptoms are reduced or relieved, regular care every several weeks or multiple times during the year depending on your activity level can prevent future injuries and dysfunction. You owe it to the body that allows you to do all the things you love.