No, Doctors of Chiropractic are primary contact physicians.
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Your initial visit will begin with a consultation. Your doctor will take a case history and perform an exam directed towards your present condition.
If necessary, your doctor may refer you for x-rays or other diagnostic tests to obtain further information about the mechanics of your joints and the details of your condition.
After completing the analysis, your doctor will explain your problem and map out an appropriate plan of action with you. When necessary, you may be referred to another health care specialist for further evaluation or treatment. Doctors of chiropractic work with a variety of health care professionals in the best interest of their patients. Your doctor will discuss your care plan with you, keeping you well informed.
Will I need xrays?
If xrays are needed to accurately diagnose your condition or to rule out other more serious conditions, then they will be ordered. Your chiropractor will give you a prescription to get them taken and the results will be sent directly to your chiropractor. This is covered by MSI.
Do Adjustments hurt?
No, our doctors use the least amount of force necessary to provide a successful adjustment. They are able to select the proper adjustment to ensure comfort and will minimize any forces should any discomfort occur.
How soon will I feel better after an adjustment?
Some patients feel better immediately but most patients begin to feel relief within 1-2 days. Sometimes temporary soreness occurs for a day or so as inflammation from the injury often lingers in the area. Ice packs are a helpful anti-inflammatory to speed recovery times.
How can a chiropractor help?
Doctors of chiropractic are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of spinal conditions, which is why an increasing number of back pain sufferers are turning to them for fast, effective, and reliable care. Similarly, more and more hospitals and private practices are now working closely with doctors of chiropractic in order to ensure the best quality of care for patients who suffer from spine-related injuries and dysfunction.
The benefits of chiropractic care have also been shown to extend beyond reduction of back and neck pain. In fact, chiropractic has proven itself as useful in the reduction of headache pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, jaw pain, sciatica, muscle spasm and tingling in the arms and legs. The rewards of chiropractic care are numerous. People under chiropractic care report better health and well-being and many families have realized the benefits of chiropractic care for their children.
How many visits will I need?
The number of visits you make to your chiropractor depends on the nature of your condition and your personal goals. Many people use chiropractic as part of a preventive health care routine, scheduling chiropractic appointments on a regular basis to keep their bodies functioning at their best. Others seek care and treatment for specific conditions with the primary goal of treatment being pain relief. It is important for you to discuss your objectives with your chiropractor in order to develop a treatment plan that works best for you.
Keep in mind, healing rates vary from person to person. Children tend to respond more quickly to treatment, whereas adults and seniors may respond more slowly. A good rule of thumb is that the longer the spine has not been working properly, the more extensive the care plan may be to achieve desired results.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes! It's non-surgical, drug-free approach to health places chiropractic among the safest of all health care practices. Remember, chiropractic takes nothing out of the body and puts nothing in. As a result, chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all health care professionals. It is safe for patients of every age, including children and seniors. It is also safe during pregnancy, post surgery and for patients with such conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis. And of course, if it is not right for you, Dr. Croteau and Dr. O'Flaherty will refer you to the appropriate provider.
What is a chiropractor's education?
Like all primary health care providers, doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive education and training before becoming licensed professionals. Students begin by fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements, with a strong emphasis on the core sciences such as chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and physics.
The professional program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree is very demanding. Chiropractic students continue their study of the sciences, including pathology and biochemistry, at a highly detailed level.
Their education continues into the advanced clinical sciences including orthopedics, neurology, examination procedures, differential diagnosis, and X-ray interpretation. During this entire process, aspiring doctors of chiropractic gain knowledge of the philosophy and practice of health care and chiropractic.
Finally, all doctors of chiropractic must pass the rigorous national and provincial board exams before entering the field.
Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?
Most private insurance plans do cover chiropractic. Call your insurance carrier to verify individual coverage. If you don't have insurance coverage for chiropractic services, ChiroCare offers a discount payment program. We accept cash, check or credit card. Chiropractic care has proven to be one of the most cost effective forms of care in the health care market.