Q: Are chiropractors doctors?
A: Yes, chiropractors receive the degree Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and are licensed through both state and national board examiners. Chiropractors are physicians, receiving thorough training in physical diagnosis of all body systems. Chiropractors can order imaging such as X ray and MRI and they can even order blood work and other laboratory exams.
Q: Do chiropractors prescribe medications?
A: No. Chiropractors work naturally with the body’s own healing mechanisms. Your chiropractor should be able to explain what the root cause of your problem is and how you can solve it with drug-free treatments.
Q: Is chiropractic treatment safe?
A: Yes. Chiropractic care is one of the safest treatments in the medical spectrum. This is reflective in chiropractors extremely low malpractice insurance. Insurance companies recognize that there is very little risk in insuring a chiropractor. The vast majority of chiropractic patients experience only mild side-effects like soreness following treatment.
Q: How long will it take to experience results?
A: It depends on several factors such as age, type of condition, nervous system sensitivity, other conditions you may have, etc. Some patients experience great relief from just one treatment and are back to 100% within a couple weeks. Other patients will take longer to change their function and will need more treatment.
Q: Is chiropractic care expensive?
A: No. Chiropractic care has been proven with data to be much more cost effective than other routes of treatment. Chiropractors tend to avoid unnecessary tests that can drive up bills and compared with specialist visits, injections, and surgeries, total cost will be significantly less. All this comes without the risks associated with these other procedures.
If you have other specific questions, call our office or stop in and I will be glad to answer them.
Dr. Joel Ardner