Many have questions and concerns about Chiropractic. To help you with your path, we offer these Chiropractic FAQs *Frequently Asked Questions) to better determine its role for you.
1. What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a discipline of medicine that focuses on proper alignment of the back and spine. Chiropractors locate areas of inflammation and pressure along the spinal column that can be sources of your pain or discomfort.
At Chiropractor of Columbus, our focus is on helping the body heal itself through proper communication within the body’s nervous system. This helps keep our patients healthy while minimizing the need for pharmaceutical medications.
2. Are chiropractors really doctors?
Yes. Chiropractors are doctors educated and certified as primary-contact health providers. We emphasize our study and practice in diagnosing and treating ailments related to the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors attend eight or more years of education with hands-on training before working in their own practice.
3. What treatments do you offer?
We offer treatment plans to address health issues ranging from recovery from an acute accident to managing symptoms of an ongoing illness. Our Chiropractic therapies focus on pain management, inflammation reduction, muscular health, and flexibility. We also offer detailed nutrition plans tailored to your individual needs to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage natural healing.
4. What are the risks of Chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is largely viewed as one of the safest means of medical treatment. Risks are minimal but can include stiffness and soreness in the joints (avg. 24 hours) that are adjusted and manipulated. Many patients feel instant relief once adjusted.
5. Do you take my insurance?
Most insurance providers include chiropractic care in their plans. Our staff can help you understand the coverage options and limits afforded you by your healthcare plan.
6. How long does treatment last?
Like any medical treatment, the length of your care will depend on the severity of your affliction. We will perform a complete diagnosis of your health, and provide a detailed plan of care. We don’t offer a specific time frame of treatment, but you will receive an approximate amount of time to recover.
Of course, we advise continued maintenance care after the initial issues are remedied in order to prevent relapse.
7. Why do my bones “pop” when I am adjusted?
As your bones and joints shift and move gasses accumulate in the spaces around them. When we perform an adjustment that gas may be released which causes the “popping.” This is only an auditory effect, and generally has no effect, positive or negative.
8. Do I need a referral from my primary doctor to be treated?
You do not need to be referred to us by your primary care doctor. However, we do recommend that you check with your insurance provider before scheduling an appointment.
9. Do I need to make an appointment to be treated?
We encourage all future patients to contact us prior to coming to the office in order to avoid wasting your time in our waiting area. You can access our new patient paperwork online, here, to help speed up the process when you are in the office.
Dr. Ryan Overton does offer emergency chiropractic care as needed.
10. Can I bring my child to be treated?
Chiropractic care is safe and effective for all ages. We can treat adolescents for acute and chronic illness or injuries in a similar manner that we treat adults. Early childhood care can also help prevent the development of long-term musculoskeletal diseases and complications.
More Chiropractic FAQs will be added as they are needed.