What’s Wrong With Me?
Accurately identifying the cause of spinal pain or other discomforts almost always requires a thorough consultation and examination. Individuals should not assume their pain stems from the same problem, for example, their neighbor had, and thus what has helped their neighbor will help them. Just as every individual is unique and different from the next, so too are health conditions they suffer and the treatments they require.
Chiropractic doctors are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries and abnormalities common to the spine, extremities and the rest of the body. Rest assured that if you are suffering from back or neck problems, extremity problems, or other health related ailments chiropractic can provide you with the effective, professional relief you demand. If your condition is out of the chiropractic scope or would be more appropriately managed by another healthcare specialist, we will gladly and promptly make the necessary referral.
Can Chiropractic Help Me?
Chiropractic has helped millions of people worldwide suffering from all types of problems and not just back and neck ailments. Chiropractic works with the spinal column and its intimate relationship with the nervous system – the major controller of all bodily functions. By optimizing spinal column structure and biomechanics, irritation and stress are removed and health can once again be achieved.
You may be surprised to learn that research studies have provided scientific evidence showing chiropractic care is not only effective in the treatment of back and neck ailments, but can also provide effective relief for children suffering from ear infections, women suffering from dysmenorrhea (painful menses), and a number of other seemingly “non-spinal” conditions. While it’s not prudent to guarantee relief from such conditions or claim to “treat” these conditions, chiropractic has successfully helped millions of individuals with all sorts of health conditions by positively affecting the nervous system.
Of course, doctors of chiropractic are best known for their success in treating back and neck problems. Through the use of chiropractic spinal adjustments and other highly specialized chiropractic techniques, chiropractors have established themselves as the back and neck injury specialists. Many medical experts are now coming to understand the true effectiveness of chiropractic care and are recommending major changes in the way our health care system manages many common spinal problems. According to a recent Ontario Ministry of Health commissioned study on low-back pain,
“A very good case can be made for making chiropractors the gatekeepers for management of low-back pain…”
How Long Will It Take?
While treatment lengths vary somewhat from person to person and from condition to condition, there are a few rules of thumb you can follow.
The length of time required is dependent on:
- The severity of the injury or condition
- The age and the general health of the person being treated
- The existence of underlying damage or structural changes
- The goals of the individual
Newer injuries, especially in younger and healthier individuals, tend to respond quicker and if the goal of the individual is pain relief then such conditions most often resolve satisfactorily over a 30 to 60 day time period.
In cases where the condition is more chronic, there is damage, degeneration or postural/structural change and the person seeks a more corrective approach treatment can take several months or longer.
The only way to determine how long your treatment will take is to schedule a consultation/examination and discuss both your condition and your goals with the doctor.
How Much Will It Cost?
Costs vary and generally depend on the number of treatments required to effectively treat your condition. A number of studies have shown that chiropractic care is extremely cost effective when compared to other “medical” forms of care for similar conditions. According to the 1993 Magna Report, “There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from positions to chiropractors. Users of chiropractic care have substantially lower health care costs, especially inpatient costs, than those who use medical care only.”
Do I Have To Keep Coming Back For Treatments?
You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we answer that question, ask yourself how many times you have visited a dentist? Like most people, you’ve probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, to prevent your teeth from literally rotting out of your head.
Once we have eliminated your pain and rehabilitated the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future.
So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back, but just periodically. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?
YES! Chiropractic adjustments are completely safe throughout pregnancy, even during labor! Spinal checkups during pregnancy are just as important and as your OB checkups. Ensuring proper spinal alignment has been proven to be a major help in easing labor and delivery discomfort and pain. It also allows for an easy transition of the infant through the birth canal.