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Are There Any Risks?
Chiropractic has far fewer risks than many other treatments for your
problem. Serious side effects are extremely uncommon. Research shows
that chiropractic is one of the safest and most effective forms of treatment
available. Your chiropractor will, of course be happy to discuss all your
concerns regarding treatment.

Does Treatment Hurt?
Generally, a chiropractic manipulation does not hurt – although there may
be some minor short-term discomfort, which quickly passes for most
patients. You will normally find that follow up treatments are much more
pleasant, as your symptoms improve and you feel at ease with your
chiropractor.

How Soon Will I Feel Better?
Often patients report a feeling of increased mobility and a sense of
increased well-being immediately after treatment. However, not all cases are
the same and you may find there is a small exacerbation of your condition
before you start to feel better. In cases where chiropractic can help it is
usual to start feeling improvement within the first few weeks.

Will I Need X-Rays Or A Scan?
Any decision to take x-rays or referral for scanning will be made in
consultation with you. At all times, your chiropractor will weigh the risks
against the benefits and advise you accordingly. Typical circumstances
where an x-ray may be necessary are recent injuries, older patients whose
bone structure may have altered over time, unusual examination findings or
a history of serious diseases.

How Often Do I Need To Go?
This is very much dependant on each individual case. A simple strain for
example would be quicker to treat than a more complicated condition that
has been present for many years. Whatever your individual situation
happens to be, your chiropractor will sit with you during your report of
findings and discuss this with you.

Is Treatment Suitable During Pregnancy?
Of course back pain is a very common finding during pregnancy and this is
one area where chiropractors can help. Modifications to treatment positions
are easily made to accommodate the “bump” of the mother’s tummy. This
allows chiropractors to treat pregnant mothers throughout the term of the
pregnancy.

Is Treatment Suitable Even Though I Have Had Previous Surgery?
In most cases the answer is yes. Of course it depends on the case
concerned. However, any questions you have will be answered by your
chiropractor. Your chiropractor is trained to recognize when treatment is
indicated and when it is
not. Previous spinal surgery is not necessarily a
contraindication to treatment.

Have I Got A Slipped Disc?
Spinal discs are fibrous rings, containing a soft gel-like ‘cushion’, between
each of your spinal bones (vertebrae). Discs cannot slip, because they are
attached to the vertebrae, but the term ‘slipped disc’ can mean disc damage
such as a bulge (protrusion), a tear or rupture (prolapse/sequestration).
The resulting pressure or irritation on the nerves that exit your spine can
cause pain in your back, or ‘referred’ pain over an area through which the
nerves pass. Sciatica, for example, is leg pain caused by nerve irritation or
pressure in the lower spine. Your chiropractor will explain the cause of your
pain – it may not be a ‘slipped disc’ as many other problems have similar
pain patterns.

Should I Wear A Collar For My Neck Pain?
Although in the acute stage a soft collar may be worn for a short time,
collars should not be relied upon. If you become reliant on a collar, the
muscles of your neck will become weaker as the collar is doing their job. It is
important, therefore, to have an active treatment plan that involves your
chiropractor, ergonomic advice and possibly an exercise program to help
support the muscles and joints of your neck.

I Have Arthritis – Can Anything Be Done?
Arthritis or degenerated joints are sometimes the result of the surrounding
joints not doing their fair share of work, so that the load is not managed
equally. Chiropractic aims to restore your normal joint function spreading
the load and taking excessive strain away from degenerated joints. Your
chiropractors can also give you advice on exercise for maintaining joint
function.

Which Insurance Covers?
We take Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna,  PHCS,  Ash Network & more. Each
person has a different policy so call us and we will help you determine what
chiropractic benefits you have.

Believe it or not there are certain things you can do to prevent being injured
in a car crash. Practice good defensive driving skills. Know where other cars
are that surround you. That means paying attention while you drive. This
gives you an edge to avoid a collision if possible. Adjust your headrest
properly. It's estimated that only 1/3 of the headrests are properly adjusted.
This means having it at the right height for the driver. The middle of the
headrest should be at the middle back of your skull. This will stop your head
from rotating forward or backward during impact. Finally, if you know you're
going to get hit it does help to brace for the impact.

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