Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.
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Frequently asked questions
Will I be treated at my first appointment?
Most patients will be treated at their first appointment. This decision is made by the doctor after a comprehensive history and physical has been performed. Based on your unique complaint theh doctor may request x-rays or other testing be completed prior to treatment in order to ensure that it is appropriate and safe for you to receive chiropractic care.
What should I wear for my appointment?
Most patients will be treated at their first appointment. This decision is made by the doctor after a comprehensive history and physical has been performed. Based on your unique complaint the doctor may request x-rays or other testing be completed prior to treatment in order to ensure that it is safe for you to have chiropractic care.
Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?
You do not need a referral to see a chiropractor, however some insurance plans may require a referral from your primary care physician for reimbursement. It is recommended that you check with your employer's human resources department or the insurance carrier directly if you have any questions or doubts regarding your insurance plan.
What is "evidence based" chiropractic? How can it benefit me?
Evidence based chiropractors base their techniques on published research. Evidence based care has been proven to be a useful alternative to surgery for a significant percentage of musculoskeletal complaints (e.g. low back pain and neck pain). In addition to the medical benefits of chiropractic, many patients are finding that evidence based chiropractic provides a more cost and time efficient alternative to more invasive and costly medical treatments.
Do you accept Medicare?
We accept supplemental medicare plans in the office (I.e. Excellus, MVP, BCBS, etc.). Please note that Medicare plans do NOT cover the cost of the initial appointment. Because of this the patient is responsible for paying for the initial new patient examination fee at $115. Medicare plans only pay for 'chiropractic manipulation of the spine' that are 'medically necessary'. Follow-up chiropractic visits that fit this description will be at the co-pay rate determined by your insurance carrier. This is Medicare policy and is not a policy enacted by Align Chiropractic.
For how long will I need chiropractic care?
A unique treatment plan will be established for you by the doctor at your first visit. This treatment plan will outline the expected progress of care and the estimated length of your care. Some patients will feel relief of their symptoms at their first appointment while other patients will require more visits. Your unique treatment plan provides an outline to the doctor and patient in order to track progress as well as determine when a change in treatment or frequency is required.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Chiropractic adjustments are very safe. We are happy to supply you with information that you or your other healthcare providers may like supporting chiropractic safety.
What is the "cracking" or "popping" sound I hear when I get adjusted?
Synovial fluid provides lubrication for the joints in our body. A waste product of this fluid is gas which naturally builds up in your joints. When joints are gapped, such as in a chiropractic adjustment, theses gases are released which can make a "popping" sound. This is what happens when you crack your knuckles.
What is the difference between Flexion-Distraction technique and Spinal Decompression?
Despite the difference in name, traction in the axial plane is disc decompression and is supported by leading medical boards. Therefore spinal decompression and flexion-distraction are just two different ways about achieving the same effect. Spinal decompression is typically performed by a device or table whereas flexion-distraction is typically an active treatment by the doctor using a specialized table.
Who is chiropractic helpful for?
Chiropractic can prove to be a valuable treatment option for patients suffering from a vast array of conditions. There is scientific evidence that supports chiropractic care for complaints, injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Headaches, low back and neck pain are among the most common complaints seen in chiropractic offices. Many individuals also seek out chiropractic treatment for injuries of the muscles, ligaments, and/or joints. Ultimately we treat people of all ages, from newborns to geriatric for a variety of conditions from minor aches to very complicated chronic problems.