Commonly Asked Questions - Chiropractic

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The history and evaluation on your first visit is the most important step in identifying the cause of the problem. Never assume the cause of the problem until it has been thoroughly looked at. Every person is unique in their health conditions and so are the treatments that they require. Doctors of chiropractic are highly trained in diagnosis and conservative treatment of the spine, extremities, and soft tissue. If your condition cannot be addresses through chiropractic, we will refer you to the appropriate professional.

Following your evaluation, your findings will be discussed. And if you are a person that could benefit from chiropractic care, your treatment options will be reviewed according to your health goals. The doctors will not accept you as a patient if they do not feel you can be helped through the care.

Millions of Americans received chiropractic care annually. More and more research is supporting what benefits chiropractic has brought worldwide for over the last hundred years. Medicine is now opening their eyes in understanding the true effectiveness of chiropractic care and are recommending major changes in the way our health care system manages many common spinal problems.

Treatment will vary from person to person because all conditions are different. Your treatment options will be discussed and goals and time frames will be estimated. Ultimately, your treatment will be the decision you make after hearing the doctors recommendations and considering your health goals. Generally speaking, the newer a condition is and the sooner treatment is started, the body will respond more quickly to the treatment, compared to a long-term chronic condition. The dietary/nutritional, physical activity level and mental/emotional health aspects all play significant roles in the response to treatment.

The doctor will give you home management strategies to speed your progression toward improvement. Adhering to these recommendations can only maximize the treatment's effectiveness.

Research has shown that chiropractic care is much more cost effective for musculo-skeletal conditions in comparison to treatments in the medical model. Costs vary and generally depend on the type of and number of treatments required to effectively treat your condition. Our objective is to maximize your health with minimal intervention. We are a provider under numerous health insurance plans, Ohio Workers Compensation, and Medicare. The office offers different payment options, making sure chiropractic care is available those who wish to receive its benefits. We ensure you get the care that you need.

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Chiropractic treatments are extremely safe for individuals of all ages. Chiropractic treatments are skilled, noninvasive methods of care that are much safer than traditional medical care and drugs, including aspirin. Much research has been done in these fields to support this.

The treatment in our office reflects years of experience and ability. We want the treatment to be as comfortable as possible, allowing the patient to receive the most benefit from treatment. The treatments themselves are generally not painful. In fact, most patients look forward to their treatments because they experience immediate relief following. People who are in a lot of pain, other techniques will be used to stabilize and relax the area to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. The treatment is always gentle, safe and noninvasive.

Millions of children and their families have experienced the benefits of chiropractic care. There is a continually growing segment of research that addresses some of the largest problems facing the health of children in the modern world. Outside of the musculo-skeletal problems, there is research to suggest that other issues like ear infections, asthma, bed-wetting and colic, to name a few, are positively affected by chiropractic care. Although, chiropractic is not a specific treatment for these conditions, allowing the body to function as well as it was intended, as chiropractic does, can only help support children with these conditions.

How long you choose to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you. When your symptoms diminish and you have rehabilitated the supporting tissue, you have choices. Many continue with periodic supportive or maintenance checkups. This is exactly like your dentist whose occasional visits prevent extensive care needed in the future. Furthermore, just like professional athletes, people often visit chiropractors regularly to enhance their performance and maximize their abilities.

Remember, healing is a process and not an event. The objective is to support healthy function, reduce reoccurrences of old conditions, limit developing new problems, and minimize the degenerative processes.

If your check engine light came on in your vehicle, would you completely ignore it and continue driving? Pain is no real indicator of health. Pain is commonly the last symptom to show up (and usually the first to go away with treatment). Symptoms are signals when our bodies have taken enough abuse and are warning signs of improper function or damaged tissue. Not taking heed to our bodies' signals can set the stage for much larger problems in the future. Just like your vehicle, you should not wait for the check engine light to come on to remind you to service it.

We encourage you to simply set up a consultation and evaluation to have it looked at. At worst, you spend a few minutes talking to a doctor. At best, you will live pain free, function better and attain better health.

Four years of chiropractic college is required (4,200 hours with 1,000 of clinical training) after completing specific undergraduate requirements. The entire educational background is very similar to medical schooling. However, the chiropractic student will spend more time in anatomy and physiology, diagnosis, radiology, biomechanics, technique and nutrition, where as the medical student will spend more time with pathology and pharmacology.

Following completion of the chiropractic curriculum, four parts of a National Chiropractic Board Examination must be passed along with state specific boards to obtain licensure.

Every year the state of Ohio requires a minimum of twenty-four hours of continuing education.