Chiropractic Therapy Explained: Different Treatments and FAQs
When you hear the word chiropractor, you may envision hearing the bones of the spine pop and crack while your doctor assertively adjusts your neck and back. Chiropractors, however, employ a variety of treatments other than spinal manipulation to help their patients achieve pain relief and whole-body wellness.
At Impact Medical in Lutz, our chiropractic team members utilize numerous therapeutic techniques to help our patients recover from the injuries they have sustained in an automobile or motorcycle accident. Today, we would like to take a little time to tell you about the most commonly used chiropractic therapy techniques and answer some questions that we are frequently asked at our practice. Let’s get started.
Before your Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine ever lays a finger on you, they will take an extensive medical history and conduct a neurological evaluation. They will also discuss your pain and treatment goals. Through this intake process, your chiropractor will then develop a treatment plan to aid in your recovery. In such a plan, you may see suggested treatments like the ones that follow:
- Therapeutic stretching or exercises
- Manual soft-tissue massage
- TENS Unit
- Heat and Ice
Through the use of the abovementioned modalities, your chiropractor can help to relieve your pain, restore range of motion, and get you back to feeling as good, if not better than before your accident. We know that this may not answer all your questions when it comes to understanding chiropractic therapy. So, keep reading for some answers to our most frequently asked questions.
Q. It is safe to receive chiropractic care?
A. Yes, seeing a chiropractor is a very safe medical treatment option. In fact, it is considered one of the safest options out there to help treat musculoskeletal issues when compared with other typically used treatment techniques.
Q. Will my insurance cover my chiropractor visits?
A. Yes! Many private insurers, as well as government medical plans (Medicare, Medicaid, VA), cover chiropractic treatment as an approved benefit option.
Q. How long will I have to keep going to appointments?
A. Chiropractic care is rarely a one-and-done type of treatment. Depending on the severity of the issues needing to be corrected, your treatment plan may involve just a few visits or be more long-term, lasting weeks, months, or indefinitely.
Q. What education do Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine have?
A. Your chiropractor must attend many years of school to obtain their license. First, most attend a 4-year college or university with a focus on pre-medical studies. After they obtain their undergraduate degree, they will apply to be accepted into a college of chiropractic medicine. This graduate program typically lasts a minimum of 4-5 years and will cover extensive work in anatomy and physiology, neurology, orthopedics, imaging, nutrition, rehabilitation, and more. Along with all these classes, chiropractors must meet a minimum requirement for hands-on clinical experience too.
Here at Impact Medical in the greater Lutz area, we are proud to have incredible chiropractors as part of our multi-disciplinary team. If you have been the victim of an accident and are suffering in pain, don’t keep struggling each day. Please reach out to us so that we can give you an evaluation. Our multidisciplinary team will come together to tailor an individualized treatment plan to your needs so that you can get back to living the life you deserve. Don’t wait out the pain any longer, call now!