Frequent Asked Questions
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that treats the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: With a healthy lifestyle and normally functioning spinal joints and nerves, your body is better able to heal itself.
What is a Spinal Subluxation?
Subluxation occurs when joints in your spine do not move properly. This joint dysfunction can put pressure on the spinal cord or on nerves that exit from the spinal cord. Subluxation can happen when you misuse or overuse your spine. Injury, stress, or poor posture can also cause subluxations. You may have pain and stiffness in your back, or numbness and tingling in your legs or arms. Or you may feel no symptoms at all.
What is an Adjustment?
An adjustment or chiropractic manipulation is a form of manual treatment to influence joint and neurophysiological function. This treatment may be accomplished using a variety of techniques. After locating joints in your spine that are misaligned or not functioning properly, your chiropractor gently presses on the joints. By helping restore alignment, these adjustments can improve range of motion in your spine, and relieve irritated nerves.
Why do I need to come for so many visits?
It is important to understand the stages of chiropractic care. Chiropractic addresses conditions without drugs or surgery which can take some time to correct and heal. Some conditions can be treated in a few visits while others may take longer.
What are the Stages of Care?
- Relief Care: This is the first phase of the main objective, to eliminate or reduce your pain and discomfort and to stabilize your condition. During this phase visits are often and progress is usually successful, depending on how well you respond to chiropractic care for your particular condition.
- Rehabilitative Care: This is the second phase of care where the objective is to correct any underlying injury or cause of pain or discomfort. During this phase you will strengthen the muscles, and improve neuromusculoskeletal function. The frequency of visits is reduced over a period of two to six weeks
- Wellness Care: This phase is designed to maintain your improved health. A personal wellness care program will be designed specifically for you. We will teach you how to incorporate good nutrition and exercise habits into your everyday life, thereby promoting vitality, endurance and the ability to enjoy life at its fullest.
I feel better and I'm not in any pain. Why do I need to keep coming in?
Once your pain and discomfort has subsided, you may think all is well and choose to stop your care. However, ending your care before fully healing the muscles and soft tissues can invite a relapse. This is a mistake many patients make and it sets them up for recurring health issues.
I heard once you start chiropractic care, you will always have to keep going?
People do many things to maintain their lives and avoid the downward spiral of disease and early death. The fact is spinal hygiene is not in our mind set as one of them. Here are some things that you are probably already doing to increase your longevity, ward off ill health, or maintain yourself:
- Brushing teeth/flossing: Once your start brushing your teeth, you have to brush your teeth for the rest of your life. This is probably the most oft cited on-going health maintenance effort that is the responsibility of the patient.
- Washing hands: Once you start washing your hands, you have to wash your hands for the rest of your life. We don’t give it much thought, but washing our hands is an on-going preventive measure that affects our health.
- Eating: Once you start eating, you have to eat for the rest of your life. No one disagrees with this simple maintenance procedure.
The health of our spines is often overlooked. However, when you consider that your spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system, controlling movement, feeling and function throughout your body, you can begin to understand the importance of "maintaining" a healthy spine. Just as you need regular dental exams, eye exams, and yearly physicals, you also need regular spinal exams.
I was in a car accident - Now What?
Auto accidents, whether your fault or not, should be reported to your personal insurance agent right away. One of the biggest misconceptions is that reporting an accident that was not your fault and filing a medical injury claim will “raise” your rates. If within your policy you have what’s called “med-pay” or “PIP” (personal injury protection), filing a medical claim will not affect your rates. This is why you pay for insurance-to protect you. It is then the job of your insurance company to get compensation from the person who injured you. It is important to seek treatment right away. Do not delay until you feel better, as delaying treatment can cause permanent damage. For example, whiplash left untreated can lead to various neck ailments, as well as back injuries. Dr.Danny can help relieve the pain and inflammation. They can help restore your health.
I was injured at work - Now What?
Work related accidents are often not reported for fear of losing one’s job. Although is some cases this could happen, it is less likely if the injury is reported to your supervisor or human resources department right away. Work related accidents, left untreated can lead to permanent damage of the spine or other areas of the body. Dr. Danny can help you restore your health and often assist with the overwhelming paperwork involved.
I’m pregnant, and in pain, can Chiropractic Care help me?
The additional weight and stress on the framework of the body during pregnancy can cause pain in any part of the body. Because pregnant women are often reluctant to take any over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers they often turn to chiropractic care to help alleviated pain associated with pregnancy. Dr. Danny is highly trained in treating pregnant woman.
Is a Chiropractor a “real doctor”?
YES. A chiropractor has at least eight years of education and professional training in the sciences and health care leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. He or she works to restore your health and guides you in a personalized approach to overall wellness without the use of drugs or surgery. Their vast knowledge of the anatomy makes them a specialist in their field.
Will my insurance cover Chiropractic Care?
Many insurance carriers include chiropractic care as part of their covered benefits. It is recommended that you call your insurance carrier to verify your “chiropractic benefits” prior to your first appointment.
Do I have to submit my own claims?
ADIO Chiropractic Clinic will submit your claims to your insurance carrier on your behalf as well as any secondary policies. However, we cannot guarantee any coverage or payment from your insurance carrier.
Do I have to pay a co-pay?
If your insurance carrier requires you to pay a co-pay or co-insurance (a percentage), that is the requirement of your contract, which is between you and your insurance carrier. As a provider of service, we are bound by our own contract with the insurance carrier to collect that co-pay or co-insurance from you, at the time of service for each visit.
I have a large deductible and can’t pay in full every visit, Can I make financial arrangements?
Yes. ADIO Chiropractic Clinic is committed to your health care needs and our Billing Department will assist you with any financial arrangements.