Questions to Ask the Chiropractor
It is important to understand the treatments that you can get at the chiropractor and to ask questions. Consider some common questions you might ask even the best chiropractor.
Why do I need to see someone that practices Chiropractic Medicine?
You should always understand why you are seeing a specialist. What do they hope to accomplish, and what can you expect.
Do you only treat back problems?
Back pain is a specialty in chiropractic medicine since they deal primarily with spinal adjustments. However, we offer evaluation and services for most extremities and physical pain complaints which are not just limited to back pain.
How many sessions will I need?
When it comes to chiropractic treatments, it does usually take more than one office visit. Every case and patient are uniquely different; however, a good target range is 6-12 visits. Rome wasn’t built in a day and chronic pain did not arrive overnight.
Do Chiropractors treat Sports Injuries?
Yes! Chiropractic medicine focuses on movement or kinematic dysfunction which often leads to pain regardless of the cause. Whether a sports, motor vehicle, or chronic injury, we evaluate and treat accordingly.
What diagnostic testing do you do?
Every case is uniquely different and medical necessity is important in deciding which diagnostic testing is performed. X-rays are one of the conservative diagnostics that may be recommended but we also refer for MRIs, CTs, Ultrasounds, EMG-NCV and Bone Scans as needed.
Do you handle children as well as adults?
Yes. Pediatric conservative management is important when indicated. Dr. Zdrada is trained in pediatric evaluation and treatment.
What is Chiropractic Medicine?
Chiropractic medicine is the management of the neuromuscular skeletal system, bones, and muscles without surgery or drug therapy. Our Chiropractor focuses on the broader approach related to functional vs dysfunctional movement patterns.
Treatments typically involve manipulation of the spine called adjustments, myofascial therapy, neuromuscular re-education, and a specifically tailored home rehabilitation program. With multiple tools in their toolbox, chiropractors can utilize the best tool per each individual case following an extensive evaluation. These doctors go through extensive training that includes at least a bachelor’s degree and an additional four years at an accredited chiropractic school to receive a Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC).
What do Chiropractors Do?
Chiropractors treat conditions that affect the structure and movement of the body. The treatment they offer typically will focus on pain relief, movement efficiency and improved function. They do not prescribe medication or do surgical procedures. Instead, they offer conservative physical management including, but not limited to, manipulations or adjustments that improve alignments and positioning, myofascial therapy, neuromuscular re-education and more.
Chiropractors vs Physical Therapists
There are some similarities between these two specialties. Both treat and manage pain, for example. They both help relieve body stiffness, as well. They may also treat some of the same problems, like lower back pain or chronic neck stiffness.
Although the results can be similar, the approach can be very different between a chiropractor and physical therapist. Chiropractors work to relieve pain by correcting dysfunctional movements which can be spinal, pelvic, or upper or lower extremity related. Their goal is to help the body heal itself.
Physical therapists focus on improving mobility and muscle strength. By helping the body move better, they hope to relieve pain and stiffness.
The environment is very different between these two specialties, as well. A physical therapist can work in just about any healthcare setting, from a hospital to medical practice. They can also have their own practice or partner with other physical therapists.
Chiropractors tend to have their own space. They can use specialized equipment to perform the adjustments, so they need room to do treatments. They can partner with a bigger medical practice, though. Our chiropractor is medically integrated within our neurosurgical group and co-manages with a wide variety of specialists within the company as well as various external groups often referring and co-managing to best serve the patient. Integration is the future.