What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to Headaches, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Motor-Vehicle Accidents, Scoliosis, Sports Injuries, Pain During Pregnancy,Sciatica, and much more.
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.
Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?
No, a patient does not need referral by an MD before visiting a doctor of chiropractic.
Chiropractors are first contact physicians, and are so defined in federal and state regulations. Following a consultation and examination, the doctor of chiropractic will arrive at a diagnosis under chiropractic care, or refer the patient to the appropriate health care provider.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care.
Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Yes, chiropractic treatment is safe and effective.
While any form of health treatment contains a degree of inherent risk, there is little danger in chiropractic care when administered by a licensed practitioner. To assure competency, all states require that DCs be board-qualified, licensed, and regulated according to stringent criteria. Statistics show that patient risk is substantially lower for chiropractic because the use of prescription drugs and surgery are not used.
For how long will I need chiropractic care?
It all depends on you and your body.
All patients get a customized program and see the best results by regularly following their customized program. Some patients only come in for periodic check-ups. Some patients seek care when they are in crisis mode and experiencing pain. The duration of care is a function of how you choose to maintain and treat your body. It all depends on you, your body, your daily routine and your symptoms. You should discuss an individualized treatment plan with your chiropractor.