Why should I see a chiropractor?
Chiropractors are great at musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment: basically this means at the muscle, ligament, and joint level. We work with the spine and also treat extremities (shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, ankles) and look to treat the root cause, not just the current symptom. We know that often a problem area is not isolated to just one body part--it’s all connected. Chiropractic care can help with headaches, jaw pain or tightness, neck pain, numbness or tingling, and back pain or stiffness. We can also help to alter the way your brain and nervous system process pain signals.
Will I need an x-ray or other imaging?
It depends. I do not recommend x-rays on all new patients or problem areas. If you have had a traumatic injury or have symptoms that we want to investigate further, I may require imaging before treatment and am happy to order the appropriate study.
How long is an appointment?
Your initial exam will be 45 minutes to 1 hour. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out paperwork or complete online. We will review a thorough medical history and the details of your current area of complaint. A thorough examination will be completed to determine the pain generator as well as other possible contributing areas. We will discuss findings together and determine a treatment plan that best fits you. If you are an appropriate candidate for chiropractic care, your first visit will include treatment.
We have the option of either having 20 minute or 40 minute follow-ups. Twenty minutes allows for us to check in briefly on a problem that has already been examined and continue or adjust treatment needed. Forty minutes is needed if you have a new problem that needs to be evaluated, or have multiple areas we are working on. This allows us to have enough time to treat all areas and ensure you are getting the care that you need.
How many visits will I need?
This also depends. Depending on the severity, complexity, and duration of symptoms, we may need to see you for just a couple of visits or a few months. Regardless, we will do a trial of treatment and then re-evaluate so that we can monitor progress and update your treatment plan as needed. Don’t worry, you won’t be pressured into treatment plan of 3x/week for the next 3 months. I like to help you feel better in as few visits as possible and to teach you ways to manage and prevent symptoms at home.