Performance Chiropractic's Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a profession built on using spinal manipulative therapy (SMT)- called a chiropractic adjustment- to help people with back pain, neck pain and headaches. We also use rehab exercise, pain education, therapeutic modalities (heat/cold, muscle stim, traction), nutrition and lifestyle advice as well as supports (belts, braces, taping, foot orthotics) to assist with treatment goals.
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors are primarily known for their expertise in caring for patients who have back pain, neck pain or headaches without using drugs or surgery. We also treat sports injuries and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves. The benefits of chiropractic care go beyond this and extend into general health as our core body structure affects overall function and health.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is used by more than just chiropractors, but chiropractors have significantly more training and perform SMT significantly more often than any other profession, which is why it is often referred to as a chiropractic adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment is the art of applying a specific, controlled force in a precise direction to a spinal or other body joint deemed to be not functioning properly- usually due to reduced movement. Chiropractic adjustments are most commonly performed very quickly, but can also be performed more slowly. In either case, the amount of joint movement is minimal and does not force the joint outside of the zone experienced by normal motion.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of most back and neck problems. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor. The most common side-effect following treatment is temporary muscle soreness similar to what is experienced after vigorous exercise or other physical labor.
Why does my back “crack” when I get adjusted? Can I do it myself?
The noises you hear and feel that resemble popping or a “crack” sound are your joints releasing tiny pockets of air. A chiropractic adjustment is most often applied to joints that are not moving enough. If you hear the same noises when you bend and move during daily activity then it is likely due to air released from joints that move too much.
Will I need x-rays?
Diagnostic imaging- like x-rays or MRI- and other tests- like blood tests or urinalysis- will only be ordered if it is necessary to help diagnose your problem, or if your treatment does not improve as anticipated. In general these tests are not necessary and are often overused in healthcare. If necessary, you will be conveniently referred across the street from our clinic for imaging or lab tests.
Do I need a referral from my medical doctor to see the chiropractor?
No. You do not need a referral, but we work closely with many local family medicine and specialist doctors. We oftentimes communicate with medical doctors to provide more coordinated care for our patients. If you prefer we not communicate with your medical doctor then we will not, but we encourage you to let your other healthcare providers know when you begin chiropractic care.
Is chiropractic helpful for kids?
Yes. Children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls or blows as they grow and learn- either during daily activities or sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. In some cases, less well-defined symptoms (e.g. earache, colic, bedwetting) have been helped by chiropractic, but these respond less predictably. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual, and in the case of children, very gentle.
What if I was injured due to a work or auto accident?
Work and Auto accidents are handled separate from your usual health insurance. In either case, there are additional forms necessary to properly file your claim, but we will work with you to make sure all the necessary requirements are met and you receive the care you need to return to your pre-injury function- or as close as possible.
What if I had back surgery before- can I still get adjusted?
Yes. Your previous surgery is an important part of your health history and the doctor will ask you about it. It may be necessary to choose a different treatment technique based on the type of surgery you had and your treatment may be directed to areas around the surgery site. Even without treating the surgery site directly, it is common to see improvement in symptoms and function by treating nearby tissues and structures.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
We understand that occasionally, patients may need to reschedule their appointments. Because of the personalized attention each patient receives at Performance Chiropractic, it is preferred that patients cancel at least 24 hours in advance. Patients who miss their appointment without notifying the doctor should expect a $25 “no-show” fee.