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Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care

You may have many questions about chiropractic care . Here are some answers to the most common questions. If you need more information, please give us a call at (336) 904-0752.

Who can benefit from chiropractic care?

The short answer is almost everyone. Chiropractic helps people to obtain and maintain their best possible health. We treat patients of all ages; from birth to the elderly chiropractic is a powerful tool to meet your health goals. Most people begin seeking care due to some type of condition. There are many conditions that chiropractic can help with. Some of the most common include:

  •     Headaches (Migraine, Tension & Cluster)
  •     Pinched Nerves
  •     Back pain
  •     Neck Pain
  •     Disc Injuries / Bulging Discs
  •     Radiating pain in the arms or legs
  •     Pregnancy
  •     Sports performance and injuries
  •     Muscle spasms
  •     Sciatica

If you have any questions about how we can help in these situations, please give us a call.

Can my child get adjusted?

Yes, chiropractic is great for babies and children. When a child is adjusted, their body is able to work at its very best. This is very important as they are growing and changing. Adjusting a baby or child is different than adjusting an adult. Each adjustment is tailored to the specific patient and performed as gently as possible. 

Are chiropractors real doctors?

Yes. Chiropractors graduate from an accredited school with a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). In most states, a chiropractor must attend a 4 year undergraduate program. After receiving an undergraduate degree, we attend 4 years of chiropractic school. A chiropractic education is very similar to that of your medical doctor. We have class room time in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, and radiology just to name a few. The big difference is that medical doctors are trained in medicine and surgery, whereas, chiropractors are trained in a more physical approach to treating patients through adjustments, exercises, therapies, etc.

Chiropractors are licensed in every state according to each state’s requirements. The requirements for a North Carolina chiropractor are stricter than most other states. Chiropractors must pass 4 parts of a National Board of Chiropractic exam and pass the physiotherapy exam. A passing score on these exams is a 375, but North Carolina requires all doctors to have a minimum score of at least 475. After the National Boards have been passed, a jurisprudence test is required for licensure.

Will I need x-rays?

X-rays are done on an as needed basis. A thorough health history and exam are performed and based on those results x-rays may be ordered. X-rays allow the doctor to see exactly how the spine is positioned and determine if a patient should or should not be adjusted.

Do medical doctors and chiropractors work together?

Many medical doctors consider chiropractic care as being beneficial and refer their patients for treatment. We look at problems from different angles and often the best solutions can be reached with chiropractors and medical doctors collaborating.

Do chiropractors do the same things as physical therapist?

No, chiropractors are unique in the way we treat the human body. We are the only health care professionals that are trained to find and correct subluxations. The chiropractic adjustments are only performed by chiropractors. However, sometimes we use the same type of therapies to treat the patients’ symptoms. These therapies can include ice, e-stim, heat, ultrasound, or many others.

Once I begin care, do I have to continue for life?

While there are many benefits to lifetime care, the length of care is up to you. In the beginning of care often more adjustments are needed to obtain the desired effect. As your body responds to care, the time between adjustments can be spread out to maintain the benefit. Think of it like losing weight. In the beginning it takes more work to get the process started. Once you reach your desired weight, it does not take as much work to maintain that current weight.

Health is a process. Just like we recommend good nutrition, exercise, stress relief, and adequate sleep, chiropractic is just one part of a healthy lifestyle. All of these things are done over a lifetime to maintain the health benefits.