FAQ

Why should I go to a chiropractor?
Because having a healthy spinal column makes good common sense. If you are sick, you should go to strengthen your natural healing ability. If you are feeling fine, you should remember that vertebral subluxations are painless "silent killers". You and your family should get your spines checked periodically to make sure you are living free from hidden vertebral subluxations, and are functioning at your fullest. Why wait for disease to happen before you begin to improve your health?

What is a subluxation?
A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of the spinal joints that causes interference in the vital nervous system. Pain and disease conditions, not only in the back, but elsewhere in the body may result from vertebral subluxation.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?
We will use our hands or a mechanical device upon your body in such a way as to move your joints to improve nervous system function.

Why don't chiropractors prescribe drugs?
Chiropractic was initially planned to be a drugless alternative to allopathic medicine. Drug treatment can be useful, but can also be harmful if it masks symptoms, and does not treat the cause of the condition.

How long does a spinal adjustment take?
After the initial consultation and examination, a schedule of care will be established to address the problem, then the spinal adjustments will only take a few minutes.

Why may I need x-rays?
X-rays are used to diagnose and find the anatomical problems in the spine as well as other areas of the body which may be causing your pain and dysfunction. X-rays also help us determine the type of spinal adjustment that will be the safest and most effective for your chiropractic problems.

What causes the noise of an adjustment?
That is a loaded question, because not all adjusting techniques that chiropractors use produce the popping noise we associate with "cracking our knuckles". Some chiropractic adjusting techniques make no sound at all, but many chiropractors do use techniques that create in many instances the popping sound of a spinal "release". So what causes the noise? A few years ago the mystery may have been solved. A British research team took X-ray movies of a person "popping" his knuckles and found that gas (carbon dioxide) rushes in to fill a partial vacuum created when the joint surfaces are slightly separated. It is this displacement of joint fluid which some believe to be the cause of the noise.

Is it harmful to twist and pop your neck or back?
Yes, if you have a desire to twist and pop your own neck or back, it is harmful, because there is a fixation or jamming of the spinal joints (subluxation) causing pain and discomfort. These problems can only be corrected by a specific chiropractic adjustment. If you continue to twist and pop your own neck, the spinal joint fixations (subluxation) will continue to get worse and create more severe problems in the future.

Should I go to a chiropractor if I am suffering from a disease?
Absolutely! Chiropractic care will help turn on your body's natural healer and improve your self healing ability. You will be better able to fight whatever disease or condition you are suffering from.

Can I go to a chiropractor if I am under medical care?
Yes. Having your vertebral subluxations corrected is important, no matter what other type of care you are receiving. You can have your spinal column checked for vertebral subluxations by a doctor of chiropractic and still visit a doctor of homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy or medicine. M.D.'s and other healers cannot tell if you are suffering from vertebral subluxations and are not trained in correcting them.

Can chiropractic prevent back surgery?
In a majority of cases the answer is a resounding "yes"! Chiropractic adjustments correct many spinal problems that in time would require surgery.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. Many people who have had various kinds of spinal surgery often discover a return to their same back problems months or years later. There are so many of these people around, that the condition has a special name "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome". These people can usually receive chiropractic care without undue worry.

How often do I need to be adjusted?
While you are in acute pain and discomfort, you will be seen quite frequently, to eliminate your pain and stabilize your spine. After this stabilization phase we will evaluate your progress and reduce your schedule accordingly.

Why are you not a provider on insurance plans?
I choose to work for what is in the best interest of the patient, rather than being part of a system unfair to the insured as well as the doctors. The more time spent on ironing out insurance hassles, the less time I have for the people that matter most to me, my patients. My commitment is to focus on the patient, and not the bureaucracy the insurance company creates.

What about insurance coverage and money issues?
Most insurance plans cover chiropractic care to some degree. You may have to check with your insurance plan, or we would be happy to check for you. If you have a managed care plan (HMO), you may require a referral which is difficult, if not impossible to get. Please do not let this stop you from starting your care. We will be happy to work with you financially, so that you can begin your care immediately. If you do not have any insurance coverage, we will arrange affordable payment plans.

What is spinal decompression traction?
Spinal decompression traction is a non-surgical, comfortable axial traction for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within the disc which results in pain reduction and improved function at the injured site.

What machine is used for this purpose?
There are a number of spinal decompression machines presently used in the United States. After significant research, our office has chosen to use the Performa TM-300 traction device in conjunction with the Performa 450 Hi-Lo traction table.

Who can benefit from spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression traction is designed to unload the spinal disc. Any back pain and dysfunction caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression traction. These conditions include herniated protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).

Are there conditions where spinal decompression is not indicated?
Spinal decompression traction therapy is usually not recommended for pregnant women, or patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. However, every patient is evaluated on an individual basis.

How often do I take treatment sessions? How long does each session last?
Each session includes decompression traction and appropriate spinal stabilization procedures and takes about one hour. Spinal decompression is usually performed three to five times a week for twenty to thirty sessions.

What are the results of spinal decompression traction therapy?
The success rate is similar to surgical results without the risks and expense.

Is spinal decompression traction therapy covered by my medical insurance?
Most major insurance carriers have specifically stated that spinal decompression traction is not a covered benefit. However, this does not change the fact that spinal decompression traction has been proven to be successful therapeutically for nearly ten years. Our prices are very affordable and we have a number of payment options to fit your needs. The accompanying spinal stabilization procedures are often a covered benefit. Your medical insurance may have constraints with regards to co-payments and prior authorization for therapy. We will help you file this portion of the care with your insurance.

I have had spinal surgery, but continue to have pain. Can I try spinal decompression traction therapy?
Spinal decompression traction can help people with back pain after failed spinal surgery, and can be performed in most patients who have not been left with an unstable spine after surgery.

How can I be scheduled for spinal decompression traction therapy?
Simply call our office at 863-687-8165 and tell the receptionist that you are interested in decompression traction. An initial consultation can usually be scheduled within 24 hours.