Preferred Chiropractic Clinic

2601 Needmore Rd.   Dayton, Oh        (937) 277-7246 (PAIN)     

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is a natural form of health care that uses manipulation of the joints of the spine and extremities to treat a variety of health disorders.  The practice of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (of the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.   Chiropractic is based on treating the cause of your problem not only the symptoms you present with.  The modern Doctor of Chiropractic functions as a conservative orthopedist and can diagnose and treat problems throughout the whole body.  Chiropractors are well known for great results with neck and back pain but are also able to treat many other conditions -- See Symptoms/Conditions index to left.  Treatment includes adjustment/manipulation of the joints of the spine and extremities, physical therapy procedures, rehabilitation exercises and educational services.  X-rays are performed in our office; we will order any other test needed such as MRI's, lab work, bone scans, etc.

What is an Adjustment?

An adjustment is the act of applying a specific force in the proper direction to a joint that is misaligned (i.e., fixated, not moving properly or "locked up").  Another common term for this is manipulation.  The purpose of this is to eliminate nerve interference, decrease pain, increase flexibility and improve joint function -- All of which improves overall health.  When a joint is adjusted/manipulated it may cause a painless "popping/cracking" noise as gases are released from the joint.  The noise is neither harmful or therapeutic and it does not always happen.  You do not need to hear any noise for the adjustment to be helpful.  The Doctors Of Preferred Chiropractic use various different methods that are most suited to the needs of each individual.

Does the Adjustment hurt?

No, it usually feels good.  If you have not been adjusted before or for a long period of time there may be some soreness.  Each treatment builds on the one before and the adjustments become easier as the spine and joints become accustomed to moving properly.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Yes, it is one of the safest forms of health care as a result of the conservative approach to health that does not involve invasive procedures or medications.  The best proof is the low malpractice insurance rates that Chiropractors have -- anywhere from 10 to 100 times lower than various disciplines of the medical profession.

Am I too Old for Chiropractic Care?

No, there is no age range for care.  The Doctors of Preferred Chiropractic have treated patients as young as a couple days old and senior citizens in their 90's.  The method of treatment is altered depending on size, strength and condition of the patient.  Many seniors suffer from arthritis and other chronic ailments.  There is growing concern about overmedication, side-effects and combinations of different prescriptions; everybody has heard about someone dying or becoming ill from prescription medication and the court system is full of cases related to this.  Most seniors under care report less pain, increased mobility and increased ability to enjoy life!  If you or someone you know could benefit from Chiropractic please have them call our office.

Should Children Get Adjustments?

All children, babies, teenagers and adults should be checked at least a few times a year.  If the doctor finds an area that needs treatment, it will be adjusted.  Small problems can be fixed before they become large ones.  Many problems that adults have actually developed when they were kids.  The average child has thousands of falls during childhood which can injure a joint or muscle.  These are problems that will only get worse in the future due to varying factors such as: increased activity and training for sports, heavy backpack use, sedentary lifestyles (playing video games or computer use for hours on end) and poor diet. 

I Am Pregnant, Can I Still Get Treated?

Yes, there is no danger to the mother or fetus during treatment.  Our treatment tables can be adjusted to make it comfortable for the mother to lay down.  Many expectant women experience back pain during pregnancy due to the increased weight and pressure on the facet joints in the lower back.  They find chiropractic manipulation to be very helpful in controlling the discomfort and may even make the overall pregnancy easier.

I Do Not Have Pain, Should I Still See A Chiropractor?

Yes, although many people still associate chiropractic with back or neck pain, millions of people who receive regular adjustments/manipulations recognize the numerous benefits of chiropractic care including; improved overall health, increased flexibility, maintenance of healthy discs and joints,  better athletic and everyday performance, decreased joint inflammation and better sleep.  Pain is often the last symptom to appear in many conditions and it is often the first to go away; so pain is not a good way to judge your health.

Do Other Health Care Providers Adjust/Manipulate Joints?

Chiropractors perform over 97% of all manipulations.  Due to the outstanding success rate that Chiropractors have, many other health care disciplines are attempting to perform adjustments.  Chiropractors spend years in school perfecting the art and skill required.  Medical doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists , etc. do not have the training required and should not attempt it. 

Can I Adjust Myself?

No.  Just because you can twist your back or neck and make a popping noise does not mean you are adjusting your joints.  It may feel better very briefly but you may make your problem worse or injure yourself.  When you try to adjust yourself you are actually moving the joints that are not fixated/misaligned; instead of the joints your doctor is concerned with.  This will  make an unstable area more unstable and can lead to arthritis or more serious conditions.  Chiropractors can not adjust themselves; they also need to see another chiropractor.  The Doctors of Preferred Chiropractic treat many of the area Chiropractors.

What Is The Difference Between Chiropractic And Physical Therapy?

1. Chiropractors are Doctors, PT's are not.  2. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) can order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests (such as X-rays, MRI's, Laboratory work, bone scans, etc)  3. Chiropractor's can refer to other Doctors or health care providers.  4. Chiropractor's can make a diagnosis.  5. Doctor's of Chiropractic are licensed to perform adjustments/manipulations.  6.  To go to physical therapy one needs a referral from a MD, DC or DO; no referral is needed to see a Chiropractor.

There is no treatment a physical therapist performs that a Chiropractor does not also perform but there are many procedures that Chiropractors perform that are beyond the training and scope of practice of PT's.

Are X-Rays Required?

In most cases X-rays will be taken to determine the condition and structure of your spine and/or joints (knee, shoulder, etc.).  We will be checking for arthritis, scoliosis, disc degeneration, fractures, osteoporosis, tumors, etc.  There are some conditions that would contraindicate manipulation.

If I Start Chiropractic Care, Do I Have To Continue Forever?

The short answer is No; but it depends on your diagnosis, condition of your spine/joints and your long term health goals.  If your only desire is to eliminate acute/recent pain then that will usually be accomplished within a few weeks.  Chiropractic gets fast, outstanding  results in reducing pain.  If you have a chronic/long term problem or have had repeated back, neck, shoulder, etc. pain then periodic treatment may be required to keep you healthy.  Some conditions fitting in this category would be - arthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc and fibromyalgia.  Your work and leisure activities can also cause the need for periodic care; i.e. sitting at a computer all day will increase neck and  back problems, playing sports excessively increases strain on joints and muscles, heavy physical work overworks the spine, etc..  Current research shows people under regular Chiropractic care are healthier, miss less work, have less pain and are able to continue most activities they enjoy.

Is My Pain Is Due To Muscle Spasms And Not My Spine?

Not likely.  In a few instances if someone has injured the muscle that can be the cause of pain.  In most cases the muscle spasm is a result of a joint or disc putting pressure on a spinal nerve which cause the muscle to spasm or hurt.  The nervous system controls the function of the muscles through out your body.

Does Insurance Cover Chiropractic?

Yes, most insurance has Chiropractic benefits -- See Insurance index.

I Have A Ruptured Disc, Do I Need Surgery?

No, most disc injuries respond well to chiropractic care.  Only a very small percentage (3-4%) will require surgery.  Preferred Chiropractic has successfully treated hundreds of disc problems. 

 

  Questions and answers are updated regularly.

 

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