Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What exactly is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.  Doctors of Chiropractic, often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.  Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Q: What can I expect during my initial visit?
During your initial visit, Dr. Gregor will inquire about your overall health, including your current concerns and/or reasons for your visit, as well as any pertinent family history.  After your initial consultation, he will conduct a chiropractic examination.  Diagnostic methods may include testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend, as well as other standard orthopedic, neurological, postural, and physical examinations.  The information gathered through this exam will provide key information about your condition and the appropriate course of treatment.  Since each patient is unique, the doctor will customize both testing and treatment.

Q: Do I need to have x-rays in order to receive chiropractic care?
It is not necessary to have x-rays to receive chiropractic care.  However, if you have x-rays or any other diagnostic images, please bring them with you on your initial visit.  If necessary, Dr. Gregor will refer you to a laboratory for x-rays, and in certain cases, for additional testing procedures (examples: M.R.I., Cat-Scan, or blood work ensure that your condition is properly diagnosed).

Q: What conditions does chiropractic care effectively treat?
Chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  It is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, shoulder pain, headaches and migraines, sciatica, and overall soreness and stiffness.

Q: Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints.  Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.  

Q: What is a chiropractic adjustment and does it hurt?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation, as it is sometimes referred to, is a manual procedure whereby the doctor uses his hands to manipulate the joints of the body, and particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function. 
Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise.  Such minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Q: Why is there a popping sound during an adjustment of the spine?
Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound, just like when a person "cracks" their knuckles.  The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released. 

Q: Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, children can greatly benefit from chiropractic care, especially those who are physically active and experience injuries from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports.  Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort.

Q: How much does chiropractic care cost and will my medical insurance cover the treatment?
The cost of your treatment will vary based upon a number of factors, including but not limited to the exact nature and severity of your ailment, your diagnosis, as well as the types and number of modalities utilized in your treatment.  During your initial consultation, you will be provided with a proposed treatment plan, including an estimate of your costs.  While most medical insurance plans do provide coverage for chiropractic care, patients are ultimately responsible for all charges.  We do offer specialized package deals for patients who do not have medical insurance or whose insurance does not cover chiropractic care.

Q: How many visits will I need in order to resolve my problem?
The exact number of visits required will depend on the nature and extent of your ailments, but like most other forms of treatment, chiropractic care does require a certain commitment and level of patience to be fully effective.  While many patients feel some immediate relief following their initial treatment, in order to truly address the underlying cause of the problem, a series of visits, usually 12 to 15 is recommended.  In most cases, the initial 5 to 10 visits will be scheduled with a higher level of frequency, and then further apart, as the patient's condition improves and becomes stabilized.

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