- Is Chiropractic the missing link?
- What kind of training/education fo Chiropractors have?
- What is Chiropractic?
- What is Chiropractic used for?
- Does Chiropractic hurt?
- What makes that "popping" sound?
- Is Chiropractic safe?
- Are there studies that support Chiropractic?
- How often will I have to come?
- Once I see a Chiropractor, do I have to go forever?
- Will I have to get X-Rays?
- Do you work with medical doctors?
- Does my insurance cover Chiropractic?
- What should I do after an Auto Accident
- When should I get a “check-up” after an accident?
- Do I need to see an MD first?
- What happens to the human body after an Auto Accident?
- Does the damage to my car equate to the damage to me?
- Is it just a “soft tissue injury?”
- Why did it take days before my pain started?
- What is the best treatment for an Auto Accident?
- Will I need an x-ray/MRI?
- What are the Auto Accident Statistics?
- What is Cold Laser?
- How do I know if I’m covered for treatment?
Is Chiropractic the missing link?
Chiropractic is for everyone. Whether you’re in pain, or just want to be healthy, chiropractic care will improve overall health and make you feel great. Please call our friendly office staff and schedule an appointment.
What kind of training/education do Chiropractors have?
Chiropractic Physicians have six to eight years of college education, which puts them among the top professions that have more education and training than 97% of the US population (US Census Bureau, 2010). Most practitioners hold a bachelor’s degree, and like other professional schools (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy), all students must have completed extensive pre-requisite undergraduate courses prior to enrollment (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, biology, etc). Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes broad diagnostic skills and treatment, alongside training in rehabilitative exercise and nutritional/dietary lifestyle counseling. Included in the final year is a year-long formal internship, which must be completed prior to graduation and before one is considered fully trained. To become licensed, chiropractors must pass rigorous national and state board exams, and must annually earn continuing education credits to maintain their licenses.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and their affects on general health. Chiropractic emphasizes that given the right environment and mobility the body has the ability to heal itself. Chiropractic uses spinal adjustments alongside massage and exercise to restore restricted joint motion, decrease muscle spasm, and decrease pain to a specific area. Pain and illness is on the rise due to many environmental factors such as toxic substances, sedentary jobs, postural issues, and diet/nutrition. With a more stable environment the body can maintain proper mechanics to take away stress and allow proper healing. Chiropractic stems from the Greek work chiro-praktikos which means “effective treatment by hand.”
What is Chiropractic used for?
Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as neck/back pain, pain in the joints of the arm/legs, headaches, and nerve pain. Although chiropractic is used for these types of conditions, studies have also found it to be effective for a variety of conditions such as migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, infantile colic, gastrointestinal issues, and much more.
Does Chiropractic hurt?
Chiropractic adjustments rarely cause discomfort. Most patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, however some may experience mild soreness the following day (much like soreness after exercising) that resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
What makes that “popping” sound?
The “popping” noise noticed during adjustments is merely carbon dioxide and nitrogen gas releasing from within the joint fluid after going from a high pressure to a low pressure. This painless noise causes immediate relief by releasing natural pain killers, Endorphins and Enkephalins, into the adjusted area. The adjustment also relaxes surrounding musculature and increases blood flow to the area to aid healing.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. In fact, chiropractic malpractice insurance is far less than any other physician type. Chiropractic adjustments are an incredibly safe and effective procedure that help patient’s get back on their feet faster than traditional medical care.
Are there studies that support Chiropractic?
There are many well-designed studies that have shown the effectiveness of chiropractic in relieving back pain, neck pain, etc. More recent studies have shown chiropractic to be effective in treating infantile colic and migraine headaches. Coming from University of Western States (UWS), we use the most up-to-date and well-researched treatments. In fact, UWS does some of the most current evidence-based research on low back pain and chiropractic treatments.
How often will I have to come?
Every patient is unique and therefore every treatment plan is catered to your presenting complaint, age, and so forth. Rarely is anyone recommended to come more than two to three times in their first week. Furthermore, no treatment plan is written in stone and as you continue to improve then the frequency of visits will decrease. We are happy to report that most of our patients experience relief within the first week or two of treatment.
Once I see a Chiropractor, do I have to go forever?
Absolutely not! It is our goal to help you get better as fast as possible. It is your goals that drive treatment. Outcome markers will determine if you want to get out of pain or you want to obtain preventative care to help decrease the risk of relapse of your current conditions. Often times it takes several visits to make significant change, but if it only takes one visit then that’s all you will be recommended.
Will I have to get X-Rays?
We do not take X-Rays at our clinic, but if you have them please bring them in for us to review. After your initial exam the doctor will determine whether or not X-Rays are warranted, however in most cases they are not. If you are referred for X-Rays, then we can recommend several radiology clinics close to our office where you can have the films taken.
Do you work with medical doctors?
Yes, we work hand-in-hand with medical doctors in order to get our patients the most benefit. In many cases, such as spinal pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. However, when other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition. We will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when a patient’s condition warrants co-management. You must remember that our mission is “to do no harm” and look out for the best interest of the patient, which includes working with other health care professionals to make sure every patient gets the proper care they deserve.
Does my insurance cover Chiropractic?
Please see the Insurance and Payment page for information on insurance.
What do you do after an auto accident in Oregon?
Here is a checklist according to the Oregon DMV:
- Stop at once.
- Render aid.
- Exchange driver information.
Report the accident to DMV if there were damages over $1,500 to the vehicles or property, if anyone was injured or killed, or if any vehicle is towed due to damages from the accident. Fill out an Accident and Insurance Report Form within 72 hours. Accidents on areas open for the use of motor vehicles — premises open to the public — must be reported. Some drivers who are in accidents offer to fix the damage and try to get the other driver not to file a report. If you agree to do this, you are breaking the law if the amount of damage is more than $1500. Keep a copy of your accident report. Under Oregon law 802.220(5), DMV cannot provide you a copy of your Accident Report. If you wish to have a complete copy of your report (front and back), you will need to make a copy for your records.
When should I get a “check-up” after an accident?
Make an appointment immediately for yourself and anyone in the car with you within 48 hours of the accident. By seeking immediate care you will prevent underlying injuries from rapidly progressing. It is not uncommon for pain to begin up to several weeks after an accident. Even if there is no immediate pain, an initial exam will protect you in the future should complications arise.
Do I need to see an MD first?
Chiropractic Physicians are the standard of care for auto accidents and do not need a referral from an MD to begin treatment. Most patients get max benefit from the massage/exercise/adjustments at our clinic and do not need pain medication. However we always encourage a second opinion and often we will refer to an MD if we feel pain medication is needed.
What happens to the human body after an Auto Accident?
The force of an automobile collision snaps your body forward and backward. This is commonly called Whiplash, though it is technically a Hyperextension-Hyperflexion injury. The average head weighs about 8 pounds, and the cervical vertebrae are very delicate; the forces that go through the neck are greater than believed. Common injuries are:
- Ligament Tears/Sprains.
- Joint Damage.
- Rib and Chest Damage.
- Muscle and Tendon Tears/Strains.
- Cartilage Tears.
- Disc Tears and Bulges.
- Disc Herniations.
- Nerve Damage.
This damage can lead to headaches, muscle spasm, trigger points, neck/midback/low back pain, shoulder/elbow/wrist pain, hips/knee/ankle pain, nerve pain, carpal tunnel, TMJ, etc.
Does the damage to my car equate to the damage to me?
No. Research has shown that serious injury can take place at as little as 5 mph! The amount of damage to your car cannot be directly correlated to the amount of damage done to your body.
Is it just a “soft tissue injury?”
Most injuries from Auto Accidents are soft tissue injuries, however this does not mean there is only a muscle strain. Soft tissue injury means there was not only damage done to muscles, but also to ligaments, joints, cartilage, and discs. Muscles have a good blood supply, while these other structures do not, which means it takes longer for these structures to heal. Occupation has a big role in how long it takes to heal – most people have to go back to work where there is prolonged sitting/standing/lifting, which dramatically affects healing time.
Why did it take days before my pain started?
25% of Auto Accident pain and symptoms don’t appear until several days after an accident. This is because there are less pain receptors in the deep soft tissues compared to the skin. All of this means that it takes longer for the inflammatory chemicals and swelling to accumulate and produce pain.
What are the Auto Accident Statistics?
- 30-50% of injuries result in permanent injuries that require extended follow-up care.
- 64% of whiplash injuries that cause impairments are from rear-end crashes.
- 85% time the struck vehicle was stopped.
- 4% of those injured will report concussions.
- 80% of mild head injury cases had chronic daily headaches for several months after injury.
- Spinal Joints (Facet Joints) are the primary location of neck injury and pain.
- Male vs. Female: Women claim about twice the number of injuries compared to men. Compared to men, women have slower recovery, require more treatment, have weaker neck muscles, and have higher frequency of chronic pain following an auto accident.
- Those who have a poorer prognosis (treatment takes longer): older drivers, pre-existing degenerative conditions, prior whiplash, prior neck/low back pain, delayed treatment after the accident.
What is the best treatment for an Auto Accident?
The best studies, along with our clinical experience, shows that Chiropractic combined with Massage, Physiotherapy, and sometimes Acupuncture has the fastest and best long-term results. Most of our treatments start with Chiropractic Adjustments and Massage, then gradually works into Physiotherapy (therapeutic exercises, stretching, posture training, mechanical traction, ice/heat, etc) to give long-term relief.
The body doesn’t only need to heal, but needs to heal correctly to ensure there is no long-term pain or scar tissue.
Will I need an x-ray/MRI?
Referral for imaging depends on the condition, however most patients are referred out for x-ray as it is a reliable screening for blunt trauma.
Cold laser, or Low Level Light Therapy, is a physiotherapy modality we use to increase healing time in an injury. Cold Laser is an FDA-approved use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to aid in healing at the cellular level. It works by increasing ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate – the body’s cellular energy unit) after the light is absorbed at the injured area. In turn there is increased tissue repair, reduced inflammation, and decreased pain at the injured area. Treatment lasts around 8 minutes is completely pain-free.
How do I know if I’m covered for treatment?
The best way to confirm that your treatment will be covered is to contact our clinic. Our friendly staff is happy to help you find the answers you’re looking for.