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What is a pinched nerve?

 

A pinched nerve is a term that attempts to describe a nerve that is being irritated by an external force.  Most people think of this as a bone or disc physically pinching the nerve off.  However in reality, the nerve is most likely being irritated by inflammation, muscle spasm, nerve stretching, or something coming in contact with the nerve.  If the nerve is irritated, messages that travel to and from the brain to the body become distorted and can result in everything from pain and numbness to altered organ function.

I have been told I have a slipped disc. What does that mean?

 

A slipped disc is a common term that has been used throughout time in attempting to describe a variety of disc problems but the fact or the matter is discs in the spine do not slip.  The disc is the shock absorber of the spine and is made of a tough fibrous outer ring and an inner nucleus that contains a jelly like substance.  This is the material that may bulge, herniate, or dry out but it does not slip. The disc is anchored to the spinal bone above and below it by tough fibrous connective tissue and therefore does not slip.

Is chiropractic care considered safe?

 

There have been numerous studies that have shown over and over again that chiropractic adjustments, when performed by skilled professionals, are considered extremely safe.  This is why we do not recommend that patients attempt to adjust themselves to correct their problems.

Chiropractic is a very safe and effective in large part due to the fact that there are minimal side effects because no medcations are used and no irreversible suregies are performed. As a study in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia professes, the chiropractic adjustment is “one of the most conservative, least invasive and safest of procedures within the health care professions.”

How much education is required to become a Doctor of Chiropractic?

 

Most chiropractic schools require minimum of three years some four years of undergraduate studies with a focus in bilology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work.  Once in chiropractic school 10 semesters of study are required before graduation.  Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.  Along with this there are four parts to the NBCE to obtain licenses to practice in most states.  Chiropractors in Ohio are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education every year in order to keep their license current.

Can chiropractic help with headaches of different kinds?

 

Chiropractic is a very effective way to help patients with headaches.  There are different types of headaches including tension, migraines, and cluster headaches.  Some people may experience pain in one part of their head or behind their eyes, some may experience a pounding sensation, and some experience nausea and visual disturbances while others do not.

Although headaches can be due to a wide variety of causes, such as drug reactions, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tightness in the neck muscles, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue, the majority of recurrent headaches are of two types: tension headaches and migraine headaches.  One study from Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in particular showed that “spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications.

Does everyone who comes into the office to be treated have to have x-rays taken on them?

 

The answer is no. Chiropractors are trained to detect misalignments and tissue tension with their hands and therefore x-rays are not required on every patient.  Now there are conditions and cases where x-rays will absolutely enhance the doctor’s ability to treat the patient appropriately.  These include the possibility of: arthritis, trauma, past surgical procedures, scoliosis, osteoporosis, and ruling out anything that may be a contraindication for chiropractic adjustments.

Can chiropractic help with conditions such as sinus infections, asthma, colds, and ear infections?

 

Through the years it has shown that chiropractic can be helpful for many of these conditions depending on what the cause of their problem is.  Many times spinal misalignments lead to other signs and symptoms that can alleviated if the misalignments are corrected.  Correcting upper cervical spine misalignments can help to alleviate sinus problems and ear infections if indeed that is the cause of the problem.  Adjusting the thoracic spine has been shown to benefit patients who suffer from asthma and colds by affecting the ability for the ribs and the thoracic cage to move more freely allowing better breathing and less symptoms.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care?

 

Chiropractic care has several health benefits. Care addresses the neuromusculoskeletal system, which means the nerves, muscles, and bones. The benefits are increased range of motion, increased nutritional flow in the joints, decreased pain, improvement to swelling, reduced trigger points, improve radiating pains, and improve function with less pain.

If I am only having pain every once in a while then there really isn’t a problem, right?

 

If you have had a persistent problem that continues to reoccur, your body is telling you something and it is time to listen. Addressing the condition earlier more than later could mean the difference between getting better quickly or it taking more time and money. Also the longer a condition is allowed to continue it may begin to affect other systems and created more complicated situations.

If I am in a lot of pain and very tender to the touch, won’t an adjustment just make it hurt more.

 

When you are in pain and sensitive to touch or movement of an area the likelihood that the area will get more sore or aggravated from the treatment is high. However, if there is muscle work and thereapy done first the amount of soreness is considerably less. In our office if the area doesn’t want to let go or move the adjustment will not be forced to occur.

Does a Chiropractor prescribe medicine for pain?

 

Chiropractors are not licensed to dispense prescription medication. They do have the ability to dispense vitamins and herbs which can be helpful in controlling and maintaining a lower level of pain.

Is chiropractic care covered under my insurance?

 

There are more and more companies that are covering chiropractic care in the recent years.  Loveland Chiropractic office is part of most major networks including: Anthem (Blue Cross/ Blue Shield), Aetna, Humana, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Cigna, United Health Care, Medicare, Workers Compensation, and Personal Injury.  Our office is on 95% of the plans in the area. Once we obtain a copy of your insurance card, our billing staff will contact your insurance company in order to obtain accurate insurance coverage.  We also recommend that the patient contact their insurance so there is no confusion among all parties involved.

Once I have been treated by a Chiropractor will I have to continue with treatments forever?

 

It is not something that needs to be performed for the rest of your life if there are not any permanent changes to the spine or joint(s). Most patients find that they can find relief of pain and continue on with their daily life without passive care. However, some patients that are highly active and push themselves require ongoing functional care. This is in many instances a personal choice to have chiropractic in their lives.

How do I know when to use heat or ice?

 

Most often than not the use of ice is more appropriate when a condition is acute (painful) and heat is used when a condition has been present for some time and is not actively causing intense pain.

My doctor says that I have to have surgery; will Chiropractic care keep me from having to have surgery?

 

It depends on a lot of situations. One needs to understand the conditions presentation and historical situation. It is best to see the doctor for a full examination and complete history before not considering another doctors opinion. It has been found that many times the necessity is not there and if conservative care has not been attempted it should be highly considered before having the surgery. At our office if the surgery is needed you will be recommended without reservation.

I have had back surgery, but I am still in pain, can a Chiropractor help me?

 

It is unfortunate but many surgeries of the spine are unsuccessful. The pain may be reduced, helped in a minor way or made worse post surgical intervention. Conservative chiropractic care can continue to help reduce pain in the surgical region. There are many more gentle techniques that can be used to accommodate the region as needed.

Does a chiropractor treat anything else but the spine?

 

Chiropractors have always been known as the spine doctors. At Loveland Chiropractic Office we treat more than just the spine. We treat all upper and lower extremities joints. We also perform rehabilitation to all joints of the spine and extremities.

Do you treat muscle spasms and pain?

 

There is a lot of relief felt with chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue manipulation and the appropriate therapies available. The pain and spasm are relieved with progressively relieved with treatments on a regular basis.

What does the electrical stimulation feel like? Does it hurt?

 

The electrical stimulation is an FDA approved therapy that provides increased blood flow and pain relief with the use of electric currents. The current feels like a slight prickle that causes the muscle to jump and contract. It feels comfortable and relieving to the greater percentage of the population, however, if it is turned up too high it will feel like a stabbing sensation.

Is chiropractic recommended for pregnant women?

 

Yes, chiropractic is recommended for pregnant women.  As the body goes through the changes associated with pregnancy, muscle strain and misalignment are common place as a woman’s center of gravity shifts to the front of her pelvis due increased weight of the baby.  This can cause an increase in low back curvature and thus exacerbating pre-existing problems or creating new ones.  It is recommended that women get adjusted regularly during pregnancy to help avoid further discomfort and pain.  Along with this, it is recommended that expecting mothers get proper nutrition and rest.

Can infants and children be adjusted?

 

The answer is yes.  Infants can experience trauma to their spinal column during the birthing process and as they grow.  Children who are physically active can also become injured through sports and other everyday activities.  If these misalignments are left untreated, additional problems can arise down the road including spinal curvatures and pain. Treatment is not performed in the same way as with adults. There are many gentle techniques that can be performed. Children repond well to care and usually improve at a faster rate than adults. Early detection and treatment is the key to care for children and infants.

Who can benefit from Chiropractic care?

 

Chiropractic care is most often utilized by people suffering neck pain, low back pain, leg or arm pain, headaches, and disc injuries.  However chiropractic care can be used for a variety of conditions including muscle and joint pain almost anywhere in the body.  Also chiropractic has been shown to be effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, repetitive stress disorders, fibromyalgia, colic, TMJ, sinusitis, digestive disorders, chronic respiratory infections, stenosis and many others.  In terms of ages of people, everyone from very young children to the very elderly can potentially benefit from chiropractic care.

What causes the noise when an adjustment is performed?

 

The noise is created when the joint separates far enough and the nitrous gas can release out of the joint. This is called the physiological end range. It is a safe zone that chiropractors want to reach in order to create space in the joint and restore motion.

Adjustments sound painful, does it hurt?

 

Adjustments may hurt the first or second time it is performed, however, immediately after being accomplished the pain goes away. This is more the exception than the norm.

Do I have to be adjusted to get better?

 

The answer is no.  Although the adjustment has been shown to be our most effective treatment, it is not mandatory in our office.  There are certain conditions where adjusting is not a good idea and could actually cause more problems.  At Loveland Chiropractic Office, we utilized numerous hands on soft tissue techniques including strain-counterstrain, stretching, massage, and gentle mobilization on those patients’ who do not want or can not have adjustments performed on them.

What is an adjustment?

 

An adjustment is the main therapeutic tool that a chiropractor uses.  It consists of a gentle specific manual manipulation to a joint that is not functioning properly in order to restore the proper alignment and movement.  Once the motion is restored to the joint, there are many physiological effects that take place including: reduced pain, reduced muscle spasm/tightness, reduced inflammation/swelling, and increased motion.

What is Chiropractic?

 

Chiropractic is a health care entity which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system, especially the spine and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body.  Many diseases begin with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment.  Chiropractors address these diseases not by the use of drugs or surgery, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly. 

Along with adjusting, chiropractic emphasizes exercise programs, wellness, and lifestyle modifications.  While chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery, they do refer patients to other physicians when needed.  Together with other health care providers, chiropractors work to enhance their patients’ quality of life.