Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How Long Does It take To Feel Better?
A: The amount of time required for recovery with chiropractic care varies. Some of the major factors that determine the length of care are: Severity of injuries, how long you have had the problem, your level of health, age, level of stress and are you re-injuring yourself on a regular basis. However, many people feel much better after their first few treatments. The treatment itself is divided into three phases of care. They are the pain phase, the correction phase and the stabilization phase. Once you achieve all three, you can bet that the problem will stay gone.
Q: Do I need a referral from my medical doctor?
A: No. Doctors of chiropractic are portal of entry doctors meaning that you can walk right into a chiropractor's office without a referral.
Q: Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?
A: Most insurance companies do have chiropractic coverage. You can contact your insurance company or we can call for you. Chiropractic is also covered by auto insurance, Medicare Part B and Coastwise, Longshoreman’s insurance. Learn More
Q: I’m a new patient, is there anything I need to complete before my first visit?
A: Save yourself some time on your first visit by downloading and completing the forms that pertain to your health concern:
Q: Can chiropractic care be painful?
A: Generally the answer is no. All the techniques are used within your specific comfort level. However, some people are in so much pain already, that any kind of stimulus can cause brief discomfort.
Q: I heard that once you start going you can't stop.
A: This is simply not true. The decision to continue care is entirely up to you. However, many patients who come in for pain continue with chiropractic care to maintain their spinal health because of the long term benefits of care. Patients who once thought that feeling less than 100% was healthy, now understand how chiropractic can make you feel much closer to optimum health.
Q: How long does it take to feel better?
A: There are many factors that determine the length of treatment. Everyone heals at a different rate. However, most patients feel better within their first few treatments and sometimes significantly better within the first visit.
Q: I heard that too much chiropractic can be damaging to your spine.
A: No. In fact, regular chiropractic care can prevent damaging arthritis of the spine. Keeping the spine in the proper alignment, eliminates stress on the vertebrae and the discs which can lead to arthritis.
Q: Is chiropractic dangerous?
A: A chiropractor's malpractice insurance is less than a tenth or more of the cost of any medical doctor's insurance. Malpractice insurance premiums are based upon frequency of claims.
Q: How long does it take to be a chiropractor?
A: Most doctors have a 4 year degree before going to chiropractic school. Chiropractic school itself is another 4 years of study. Once schooling is finished, you must pass all four parts of the national board exams and then take individual state examinations.
Q: Are there any research studies that support chiropractic care?
A: Tons. More and more research is being done every day. Almost half of the chiropractic related studies are funded by the medical industry.