Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
A: Chiropractic doctors are primary care providers, meaning that you don’t need a referral to schedule your first appointment.
Q: What should I expect on my first visit?
A: Your chiropractor will take a thorough health history, and an orthopedic exam will follow to try and determine the cause of your symptoms. From there a treatment plan is recommended depending on your preferences and goals.
Q: I’m not sure if my problem is for chiropractic or not, what should I do?
A: Chiropractors are trained to assess and treat the neuromusculoskeletal system, but also to recognize when referral to other providers such as a family physician is needed. A proper history and exam will help us find out where the best place for you will be, and an appropriate referral will be made if needed. If you are unsure about getting assessed, feel free to contact us through email or phone and we will help guide you as best we can.
Q: Once I see a chiropractor, do I need to keep coming all the time?
A: Absolutely not. We try our best to get you back to what you love and independent as fast as possible, with advice or exercise to keep the issue from re-occurring. During an ongoing issue, a plan to control your symptoms may be initially suggested based on research and our experience, but as you improve any subsequent appointments are made completely at your own discretion. Since everyone is unique, this could mean one to three initial appointments to deal with an acute injury, or in some cases ongoing care for more complicated issues at a frequency that suits you.
Q: I’m new to chiropractors and wonder what they treat. Is there any research to show treatment is safe and effective?
A: Definitely! While chiropractors treat many types of musculoskeletal issues (see our conditions page), our primary focus is back and neck pain. A common tool used to treat these issues is spinal manipulation, or adjustments, which have been studied extensively and shown to be very safe and effective (if interested in reading more, click here, here, and here). You may also receive soft tissue therapy similar to massage, and exercise therapy to aid your recovery in combination. Both of these have also shown great benefit for certain conditions (also click here, or here if interested in reading more). Initial contact with chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce the need for advanced imaging and injection therapies (study link here). No specific treatment is offered if anything in your history or exam suggests that it may not be safe for you. At the end of the day, our treatment style is customized to YOUR individual treatment preferences and needs.