Chiropractors are professional care givers who are well trained to provide safe, effective care to patients with a wide variety of conditions. They undergo extensive education in order to prepare them to identify and treat the underlying causes of pain and discomfort experienced by patients, many of whom do not know why they are experiencing pain.
The ACA (American Chiropractic Association) receives many chiropractor faqs regarding topics such as the type of conditions that can be treated, whether the treatments are safe, whether treatments are covered by health insurance and many more. Below are answers to some of the more commonly asked questions regarding chiropractic care:
1. What conditions are chiropractors able to treat?
Chiropractors are able to treat a variety of different health conditions but are most commonly consulted by patients with neck and back pain, headaches, physical injuries and musculo-skeletal disorders involving the joints, ligaments and muscles. These types of conditions can impact the nervous system which may cause dysfunction and “referred pain” in regions distant from the underlying cause or injury, and affect the overall function of the body. Chiropractors make use of highly skilled chiropractic adjustments and manipulations of the joints, particularly in the spinal region, to bring the entire structure of the body back into balance, to reduce pain and discomfort and restore full health.
2. Is it safe to receive chiropractic treatment?
Chiropractic treatment is widely recognized as safe, non-invasive and drug-free and is readily recommended by medical practitioners for patients with neuromusculoskeletal complaints. However, even though chiropractic treatment is considered to be safe, no health treatment is entirely free of potential risks. Adverse risks are small and patients mostly experience immediate relief from pain and discomfort. Some patients may experience minor soreness and discomfort following spinal manipulation which usually fades within 24 hours.
3. What does chiropractic treatment involve?
A chiropractic manipulation or adjustment is a manual procedure involving the use of highly developed and refined skills on the part of the doctor of chiropractic. Usually chiropractors use their hands or an instrument to manually manipulate joints in the body, particularly in the spinal area, to enhance or restore the full functionality of the joint. This highly controlled manipulation rarely causes pain or discomfort and often helps to reduce pain and resolve inflammation in the joints. The chiropractor will adapt the procedure in order to address the specific problems of each individual patient.
4. Is chiropractic treatment covered by medical insurance plans?
Most health insurance plans cover chiropractic care, including Worker’s Compensation Plans, Medicare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield for federal employees and some Medicaid Insurance plans.
5. Does chiropractic care require ongoing treatment?
Chiropractic care may include acute or chronic and preventive care which involves a number of treatments for complete restoration. The extent and frequency of treatment will depend on the condition of the patient.
6. What is the reason for the “popping” sound experienced with an adjustment?
Manipulation of a joint often results in a bubble which is present between the joints being released, causing a “popping” sound. The sound is caused by the change in pressure when the joint is adjusted, causing the release of gas bubbles.
7. Is a referral from an MD required for chiropractic treatment?
Usually a referral from an MD is not needed to consult with a chiropractor; however, some health plans may have specific requirements regarding referrals.
Most chiropractic practices have information booklets available, many of which will list chiropractor faqs. Before scheduling an appointment it may benefit you to study the answers to the chiropractor faqs in order to familiarize yourself with the specific procedures and services available at the facility of your choice.