Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care
If you have not visited a local Chiropractor in Brick, NJ, you may have questions in regard to this kind of medical care. Here at the Back and Neck Center of Brick, we pride ourselves on educating our patients so that they can move forward with treatment with full confidence.
We have taken the time to list the most frequently asked questions by both potential and existing patients. Be sure to read every question and answer so you can gain a better understanding of your local chiropractor, and the care that he or she can provide.
WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE TO COMPLETE?
To receive your doctorate of chiropractic, the educational requirements are as difficult and labor intensive as many other health care professions. In order to apply to an accredited chiropractic college, most applicants have already nearly completed four years of pre-medical undergraduate education, with a concentration in the following courses.
- Inorganic and organic chemistry
- Related lab work
Once accepted into a chiropractic college, studies become even more rigorous and can take up to 4 or five years to complete. Doctors of chiropractic are required to study the following areas:
- Skilled manipulation
- Adjusting techniques
- Human anatomy
- clinical diagnosis
- Laboratory procedures
- Diagnostic imaging
As you may know, chiropractic care includes highly skillful spinal and other joint manipulations. As a result, a significant period of studies are concentrated on learning these adjustment techniques. By the time a student exits chiropractic college, he or she would have spent approximately 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical training.
Once a student finishes his or her studies and passed the mandatory chiropractic state exam, he or she is now considered a doctor of chiropractic and an expert in diagnosing and treating issues related to the musculoskeletal system, (muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and in addition, the nerves that supply them.
WHAT CONDITIONS DO CHIROPRACTORS TREAT
Doctors of chiropractic can treat a wide variety of conditions. Chiropractors are widely known for treating issues associated with back and neck pain, but they also treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system, (muscles, ligaments, and joints.)
Here are some of the most common conditions chiropractors treat:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Chronic pain
- Herniated disc
- Migraine headaches
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- And much more
CAN I BRING MY CHILD FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
Yes! Children can experience many benefits from chiropractic care. Children are very active in sports and in everyday life. As a result, they may experience injuries that may cause symptoms of back or neck pain, sourness, stiffness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is gentle and a drug free way to address your child’s aches and pains.
DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
Yes. most insurance plans cover chiropractic care. These include major medical plans, medicare plans, auto accident insurance, among many others. Feel free to call your local chiropractor to see if they accept your specific insurance policy.
HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT PERFORMED?
The chiropractic adjustment is a procedure that requires highly developed skills that chiropractors spent many years in college developing. Your chiropractor will use his or her hands to apply pressure to the joints of the body, the spine being the most common, all with the goal of realigning the joint, reducing inflammation, and restoring normal joint function. The chiropractic adjustment, or manipulation, is adapted for each patients specific needs. Many patients report postive results immediately after receiving an adjustment.
WHAT IS THE “POPPING” SOUND WHEN RECEIVING AN ADJUSTMENT?
When a joint of the body is adjusted, it may release a gas bubble, which generates the “popping” sound associated with the adjustment. The noise you hear is generated by the change in pressure within the joint.
We hope that you have learned something interesting about chiropractic care! We take great pride in the fact that the Back and Neck Center of Brick has helped many patients stay healthy and active for over 28 years!
Thanks for reading and be well!
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