People often have a lot of questions before deciding on where to seek care and what types of treatments to try out. We want to make sure that you have all of your questions answered before deciding to have us provide care for you.
Below you will find answers to some of the more common questions that people have.
If you didn’t find the answer you were looking for, please feel free to contact us at the office!
Are chiropractic adjustments painful?
It is a common misconception that adjustments are painful. The most common side effect that is reported by people who get adjustments is slight discomfort that lasts less than 24 hours.
This soreness is typically similar to the discomfort that you would experience after a workout, and is easily manageable with hot or cold pack application.
Soreness after being adjusted does not happen very frequently, but is more typical on your first adjustment, or if you have not had an adjustment within the last couple of years.
If you experience discomfort with manual adjustments we offer low force instrument and drop table adjustments.
How about the other treatments, do they hurt?
The soft tissue therapies that we offer at the clinic typically do not cause any discomfort during or after the treatment.
Myofascial release techniques like Graston and manual soft tissue manipulation have the same sorts of side effects that adjustments have. People will sometimes notice tenderness in the areas treated for around 24 hours, but they will typically report that they can move with less pain.
We can easily adjust the pressure and depth of manual therapy, so just let us know what works for you and we will adjust accordingly.
Are chiropractic adjustments and the other treatments safe?
Any procedure that is intended to help may have complications. While the chances of experiencing complications is small, we want to be upfront about the risks associated with treatment.
Side effects include, but are not limited to those listed above like soreness, inflammation, soft tissue injury, dizziness, burns, and temporary worsening of symptoms.
More serious complications are extremely rare and their association with spinal adjustments is currently debated. These complications include injury to the arteries in the neck which may be associated with stroke and serious neurological impairment, injury of spinal discs, and spinal fractures.
Estimations of these types of complications fall in the range of 0.5-2 incidents per million for adjustments of the neck, and 1 per million for adjustments of the low back.
We make a great effort to consider the benefits versus risks of each procedure we provide at the clinic, and do our best to provide them in the safest way possible.
If you are uncomfortable with the risks of any recommended procedure, then please ask the doctor about alternative treatments for your complaint.
How often will I need to see the chiropractor?
The treatment plans that we recommend at the clinic are very specific to your needs.
By combining joint and soft tissue therapy with individualized home exercises and lifestyle modifications your treatment and healing time can be considerably shortened.
Most patients end up being recommended somewhere between 4-8 treatments for a specific complaint. That being said, there are a lot of factors which go into determining how often and how long your care will take, but we do our best to get you out of pain and back to life as usual as quickly as possible.
Some patients will opt for continued wellness care after their initial complaints are resolved.
Wellness care is aimed at helping people manage the physical stress that we put our bodies through on a daily basis and optimize their overall function.
Do you only treat back pain?
Some chiropractors only focus on the spine. We like to look at the whole picture and make sure that every part of your body is working the way it ought to.
Our doctor has been trained to assess and treat sports and activity related injuries of the back, neck, and upper and lower extremities. What that means is that if you have pain in pretty much any joint in your body, there is a good chance that we can do something for you!
Do you take my insurance?
Elevate Sport & Spine Therapy is a direct pay clinic, which means that we are not in network with any insurance provider. Payment for services at the clinic are expected at time of service.
We do accept health savings account and flexible spending account debits for our services and are happy to provide any paperwork that your insurance company may request to process claims against those accounts.
This paperwork is also available to patients who want to make claims against their out of network benefits upon request.
We want to make sure that you get the care that you need, not just the care that your insurance company will pay for. We believe this improves your outcomes and can reduce your overall out of pocket expenses.
Our rates are very competitive. The price of follow up visit is typically very close to what most co-pays for specialist visits. The benefit is that you don’t have to worry about getting a bill from us down the road saying that you owe more money because a procedure wasn’t covered by your plan.
If an unexpected financial situation prevents you from being able to afford care, we are also willing to make arrangements on a case by case basis.
What if my condition doesn’t get better?
Sometimes conditions do not respond to care as we would help.
Our doctor will monitor your condition very closely throughout your care at the clinic. He is trained to recognize signs and symptoms which require interventions from other well qualified medical professionals and will ALWAYS make an appropriate referral when things don’t go according to plan.