Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chiropractic?
While this is difficult to answer briefly, a chiropractor is a professional trained in the diagnosis and conservative management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors receive extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical exam, diagnosis, and treatment strategies. Many chiropractors also choose to obtain post graduate certifications in order to achieve knowledge in a more specialized area (sports, neurology, pediatrics, etc.).
What can I expect at my first visit?
The first visit here at APC has a few main purposes. First and foremost is to understand why you are coming into the office and to provide you with as accurate a diagnosis as we can. If we believe that you require further testing or a referral, we will make that happen as well. The second is to create a plan of action together with you, so that you can envision a clear path forward. Whether that plan includes manual therapy, lifestyle changes, strengthening, or any combination in between. You can expect a thorough examination, detailed history, and 100% of our effort and attention when booking an appointment.
Do you take insurance?
The bottom line is that insurance companies dictate (through pricing and reimbursement) the type of care that you receive. At APC, we strive to deliver a quality product that is predicated on what you need, based on our expert opinion, not by what the insurance company deems necessary. While we do provide superbills, if requested, for our clients to submit to their insurance, we are not in-network participants with any insurance.
Is spinal manipulation (adjustment) dangerous?
Spinal manipulation is the process by which the joints of the spine are moved shortly and quickly. Current research states that manipulation improves the range of motion of the joint, improves the functionality of the muscles around the joints, as well as helping the brain reduce pain sensations. Like any other treatment, a thorough exam is warranted to determine whether or not spinal manipulation is the right treatment for you.
What conditions do you treat?
We have treated a vast array of conditions ranging from spinal pain to ligament tears. Besides back and neck pain, we most oftenly see shoulder/elbow discomfort and knee discomfort. But we are also trained in dealing with more complicated conditions such as neuropathy and concussion recovery. For a more comprehensive list of conditions we treat, click here.
What type of treatments do you utilize?
We have taken numerous continuing education seminars in order to be able to offer a broad spectrum of treatments to our clients. For a complete breakdown of the treatments click here.
Can chiropractors write prescriptions?
Chiropractors are trained with a knowledge of prescription medicines and their effect on the body, however, chiropractors are unable to prescribe or alter medication. Chiropractors are, however, allowed to recommend nutritional supplements and write prescriptions for x-rays, MRIs, and blood work.