For your first appointment you should bring your insurance card, photo ID, your doctor’s orders and protocols (if applicable), a list of your medications, and relevant medical history. If your insurance requires a co-payment you will need to bring that as well. If you are a car accident patient you are required to provide the following items: car insurance card, police report, hospital records, and insurance declarations page (located in your car insurance policy form).
This varies on a case by case basis. We understand that your time is valuable to you. We will make every effort to maximize the use of your time. Chiropractic care can last anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes. Physical Therapy care, on average can range from 30 to 45 minutes and are usually no greater than 1 hour.
A referral is usually not needed to see a chiropractor. However, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. Please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you!
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches…particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference in the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.
Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. Chiropractic techniques use minimal force and gentle pressure. Most patients feel instant relief after their treatments. The likelihood of initial soreness or increased pain after an adjustment has been found to be similar to that of starting an exercise program.
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment for most back and neck problems. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by licensed chiropractors.
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
For chiropractic care a prescription is not needed. It is however required for physical therapy. You can obtain a prescription from your General Care Practioner; pain management doctor; neurologist; orthopedist; & podiatrist. If you have any questions in regard to other doctors that can issue out a prescription, just give us a call.
Most importantly you might want to know what not to wear. Suits, dresses, and skirts are usually not recommended for therapy. Comfortable clothing is usually best for physical therapy. If you are having a neck or shoulder problem ladies may want to wear some type of sports bra to make the area easier to examine. If you are having low-back problems clothing that will allow your therapist to examine your spine is preferable. If you are having hip, knee, or ankle problems shorts are a great idea to bring to your first appointment. Rolling up your pants leg is not preferable when examining the hip or knee as it may distort the shape of your thigh or have a tourniquet effect. If you are having a neck or shoulder problem and you have longer hair you also might want to bring a ponytail holder.
Definitely. Your physician will receive a copy of your initial evaluation and plan of care within 24 hours of your 1st visit. As indicated, weekly, bi-weekly &/or monthly reports will also be sent to your doctor. Occasionally, phone calls are also utilized to communicate any changes, problems &/or questions that may arise.
Yes. You can buy commonly used items that you are familiar with from your treatments; such as stretch- out strap; foam rollers; stability ball; ice packs; and bio-freeze.