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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of the most common questions and answers we encounter from existing and prospective patients about our practice.

Q: What conditions does Back Pain Center treat?

Back Pain Center hallwayA: We specialize in the conservative treatment of back pain, neck pain, and some types of headaches. We do not prescribe medications or perform surgeries.

Q: Does treatment at your facility require a referral from my primary care physician?

A: No, you do not need a referral from your medical physician. Even though you do not need a referral, our office works closely with many medical physicians in the area. We will communicate with your primary care physician on your progress.

Q: Is spinal manipulation safe?

A: Our office practices evidence-based chiropractic. This means we only utilize treatments that research has proven to be safe and effective for the conditions we treat. Recent research, in medical journals such as Spine, have proven that spinal manipulation is one of the most safe and effective treatments for back pain, neck pain, and some types of headaches. The risks associated with manipulation are very small. Other common conservative treatments such as NSAIDs(nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) carry much greater risks and side effects.

Q: Does insurance cover chiropractic treatments?

A: Yes, most major medical insurance covers chiropractic services. Our friendly staff will verify your insurance benefits before any treatment is rendered so you know what coverage your insurance plan provides.

Q: Will the treatments hurt?

A: Many patients feel immediate relief following treatment. Some patients may experience minor soreness for up to 24 hours after treatment. We typically recommend the use of at home ice therapy to help relieve the potential soreness.

Q: Once I begin care do I need to keep coming back forever?

A: No. We practice a Treat and Release style of care. This means that once we help you resolve your back pain or neck pain we will release you from further care and you can return as needed. We do not set patients on extensive treatment plans.

Q: Are Chiropractic Physicians real doctors?

A: Yes, Chiropractic is a first-professional degree just like medicine or dentistry. In fact, the Chiropractic profession is the third largest healthcare discipline in the United States behind medicine and dentistry. Chiropractic school is a four year professional degree program which can only be entered after successful completion of pre-med undergraduate studies. Chiropractic Physicians are well trained in the diagnosis and conservative treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

Q: Is nutrition counseling covered by insurance?

A: Some insurance plans do cover nutrition counseling, we will assist in submitting to your plan, but coverage is not guaranteed.

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