Q & A
Q: Is Chiropractic care expensive?
A: All health care costs have risen sharply in the last 10 years, but a typical chiropractic treatment program that may last for 6 to 8 weeks still costs less than one day in a hospital. A significant cost of care is due to billing and collections costs. We have a special fee for those who pay at time of service and bill their own insurance which is about 50% less than our regular fee.
Q: Do you have to have to keep going forever?
A: No! The amount of treatment you choose to participate in is always your choice. Many patients choose to participate in only relief care for their condition and this typically takes one 1 to 3 weeks. Many others choose to continue care past relief care in order to correct an underling spinal condition. Just as people choose to have periodic health checks at their medical doctor and dentist, many patients choose to participate in care once their condition is corrected as a wellness care or maintenance care program.
Q: Is chiropractic care safe?
A: Yes. In the words of the New Zealand government’s inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.” Numerous U.S. government agency studies have concluded that chiropractic care is very safe. Insurance companies also recognize the safe aspects of chiropractic care and offer significantly lower malpractice insurance rates when compared to medical doctors. As in any health profession, a thorough consultation, history, and examination lowers treatment risks even more.
Q: Are x-rays always required?
A: Usually. X-rays are of a vital importance to understanding the extent of a spinal problem. It is also helpful in determining the most appropriate and safest treatment choice and allow for more effective care, thus shortening treatment time. Every step is taken to minimize the amount of x-rays taken. If x-rays are available from another doctor they can often be used.
Q: Do chiropractors refer to other types of doctors?
A: Yes. When a condition is outside the scope of chiropractic practice or is non responsive to treatment, an appropriate referral is made. Referrals are made to medical doctors including orthopedists, and neurologists. Referrals are also made to physical therapists, and massage therapists. Referrals are also accepted from all these same professions
Q: Is a chiropractor a real doctor?
A: Yes! With 4 years of pre-chiropractic college education, 4 years of chiropractic education, 1 year of clinical internship, rigorous national and state board examinations and annual post graduate continuing educations requirements, chiropractors have virtually the same class room hours and requirements as a medical doctor.
Q: Why do medical doctors seem to dislike chiropractors?
A: Cooperation and respect between chiropractors and medical doctors is at an all time high, but there are basic philosophically differences between the two professions. Generally the medical doctors’ treatment of choice is through drugs that would kill the “bugs” that are making the person sick. Whereas a chiropractor recognizes the importance of a properly functioning spine and nervous system and when this is the case, a person’s own immune system is often able to regain health without drugs. In reality, utilizing both professions properly makes the most sense. We feel that the most conservative treatment (least invasive) should be used first and more aggressive treatment only if other treatment fails. So: Chiropractic first, drugs second, and surgery last.
Q: Do chiropractors prescribe drugs?
A: No. A chiropractor is a spinal correction specialist with in-depth training in numerous specific spinal adjusting techniques, not pharmacology. We are proud to be the worlds largest drugless healing profession. We also believe most people would not want a chiropractor with limited drug training prescribing drugs to them, just as they would not want a medical doctor, who has no spinal corrective training, working on their spines.
Q: Can children have chiropractic care?
A: Yes. Not only can children have chiropractic care, they should all be checked by a chiropractor. Many spinal problems that exist in children do not produce symptoms till many years later when care is more difficult and lengthy. Since their condition is usually not chronic, a child generally requires much less treatment and their response to care is quicker.
Q: Does Medicare cover chiropractic care?
A: Yes. Chiropractic benefits have been included in Medicare for over 30 years and no referral is necessary.
Q: If hurt my back on the job, do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?
A: No. In Washington State, on the job spinal injuries whether covered by state insurance or self insurance are able to be treated a chiropractor without a referral.
Last Updated: February 15, 2017 at 8:20 am
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