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Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety
of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in
caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly
with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They
also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the
musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints.
These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system,
which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of
injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues,
as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also
counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and
occupational and lifestyle modification.

WHAT CONDITIONS DO CHIROPRACTORS TREAT?

HOW DO I SELECT A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE?

DOES CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT REQUIRE
A REFERRAL FROM AN MD?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE
FOR CHILDREN?

ARE CHIROPRACTORS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE
IN HOSPITALS OR USE MEDICAL OUTPATIENT
FACILITIES?

DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC?

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?

HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
PERFORMED?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
JOINT IS ADJUSTED?

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One of the best ways to locate a doctor of chiropractic (DC) near you
by using Find a Doctor. You can also select a DC is by getting a referral
from a friend, family member, colleague, or another health care provider.

WHAT CONDITIONS DO CHIROPRACTORS TREAT?

HOW DO I SELECT A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE?

DOES CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT REQUIRE
A REFERRAL FROM AN MD?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE
FOR CHILDREN?

ARE CHIROPRACTORS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE
IN HOSPITALS OR USE MEDICAL OUTPATIENT
FACILITIES?

DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC?

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?

HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
PERFORMED?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
JOINT IS ADJUSTED?

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Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive
therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints.
Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is
completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with
chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief
following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness,
stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current
research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation
typically fades within 24 hours.

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical
manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works
to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing
muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation,
when performed by a skilled and well-educated professional such as a doctor of
chiropractic, is a remarkably safe procedure.

Some reports have associated high-velocity upper neck manipulation with a
certain rare kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection. However, evidence
suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously in
patients who have pre-existing arterial disease.

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IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE?

DOES CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT REQUIRE
A REFERRAL FROM AN MD?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE
FOR CHILDREN?

ARE CHIROPRACTORS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE
IN HOSPITALS OR USE MEDICAL OUTPATIENT
FACILITIES?

DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC?

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?

HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
PERFORMED?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
JOINT IS ADJUSTED?

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WHAT CONDITIONS DO CHIROPRACTORS TREAT?

HOW DO I SELECT A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE?

DOES CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT REQUIRE
A REFERRAL FROM AN MD?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE
FOR CHILDREN?

ARE CHIROPRACTORS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE
IN HOSPITALS OR USE MEDICAL OUTPATIENT
FACILITIES?

DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC?

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?

HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
PERFORMED?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
JOINT IS ADJUSTED?

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A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however,
your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to
contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan
directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you
to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC. Feel free to call or walk in
with your insurance card and ID and we can check your benefits within minutes.

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Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically
active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living
as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many
symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort.
Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled
treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

WHAT CONDITIONS DO CHIROPRACTORS TREAT?

HOW DO I SELECT A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE?

DOES CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT REQUIRE
A REFERRAL FROM AN MD?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE
FOR CHILDREN?

ARE CHIROPRACTORS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE
IN HOSPITALS OR USE MEDICAL OUTPATIENT
FACILITIES?

DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC?

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?

HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
PERFORMED?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
JOINT IS ADJUSTED?

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Chiropractors are being recognized to admit and treat patients in hospitals and
to use outpatient clinical facilities (such as labs, x-rays, etc.) for their
non-hospitalized patients. Hospital privileges were first granted in 1983.

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HOW DO I SELECT A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE?

DOES CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT REQUIRE
A REFERRAL FROM AN MD?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE
FOR CHILDREN?

ARE CHIROPRACTORS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE
IN HOSPITALS OR USE MEDICAL OUTPATIENT
FACILITIES?

DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC?

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?

HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
PERFORMED?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
JOINT IS ADJUSTED?

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Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans. It is important
to have our office check your benefits before consenting to treatment in order to
avoid confusion with the numerous benefit variations. Chiropractic care is also
available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military
bases and is available to veterans at more than 60 major veterans medical
facilities. A recently formed “Choice Point Provider” program allows veterans to
seek chiropractic care outside of the Veterans medical facility. Feel free to call
us in order to give the details of this incredible program.

WHAT CONDITIONS DO CHIROPRACTORS TREAT?

HOW DO I SELECT A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE?

DOES CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT REQUIRE
A REFERRAL FROM AN MD?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE
FOR CHILDREN?

ARE CHIROPRACTORS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE
IN HOSPITALS OR USE MEDICAL OUTPATIENT
FACILITIES?

DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC?

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?

HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
PERFORMED?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
JOINT IS ADJUSTED?

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Doctors of chiropracticare educated as primary-contact health care providers,
with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the
musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and
extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for
doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care
professions. The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired
nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including
courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and
related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the
requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of
professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in
orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including
laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and
more. Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting
techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to
master these important manipulative procedures. In total, the chiropractic college
curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and
clinical experience. The course of study is approved by the Council on
Chiropractic Education, an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the
U.S. Department of Education.

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IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE?

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A REFERRAL FROM AN MD?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE
FOR CHILDREN?

ARE CHIROPRACTORS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE
IN HOSPITALS OR USE MEDICAL OUTPATIENT
FACILITIES?

DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC?

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?

HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
PERFORMED?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
JOINT IS ADJUSTED?

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Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the
highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive
years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his
or her hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body,
particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often
helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic
manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort.
The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each
patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately
following treatment.

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IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE
FOR CHILDREN?

ARE CHIROPRACTORS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE
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FACILITIES?

DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC?

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?

HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
PERFORMED?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
JOINT IS ADJUSTED?

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The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires
patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a
chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of
treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is
conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple
of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care
thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of
chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and
how long you can expect it to last.

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HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
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IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
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Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas
bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing
occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of
pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There
is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.

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These dissections have been associated with everyday activities such as turning
the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon. Patients
with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to
seek professional care—often at the office of a doctor of chiropractic or family
physician—but that care is not the cause of the injury. The best evidence
indicates that the incidence of artery injuries associated with high-velocity upper
neck manipulation is extremely rare—about one to three cases in 100,000 patients
who get treated with a course of care. This is similar to the incidence of this type
of stroke among the general population.

If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache,
be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic
offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral
to another health care provider.

When discussing the risks of any health care procedure, it is important to look at
that risk in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition. In
this regard, the risks of serious complications from spinal manipulation for
conditions such as neck pain and headache compare very favorably with even the
most conservative care options.

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IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE?

DOES CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT REQUIRE
A REFERRAL FROM AN MD?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE
FOR CHILDREN?

ARE CHIROPRACTORS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE
IN HOSPITALS OR USE MEDICAL OUTPATIENT
FACILITIES?

DO INSURANCE PLANS COVER CHIROPRACTIC?

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?

HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
PERFORMED?

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ONGOING?

WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND WHEN A
JOINT IS ADJUSTED?

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For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments
for musculoskeletal pain—over-the-counter or prescription non steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers—are significantly
greater than those of chiropractic manipulation.

According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people taking NSAIDS are
three times more likely than those who do not to develop serious adverse
gastrointestinal problems such as hemorrhage (bleeding) and perforation.
That risk rises to more than five times among people age 60 and older.

Moreover, the number of prescriptions for powerful drugs such as oxycodone and
hydrocodone have tripled in the past 12 years. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) has reported that abuse of these commonly prescribed
painkillers are among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States.
Overdoses of opioid painkillers are responsible for some 15,000 deaths per year;
that’s more than the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined.

Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with
safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education
has prepared them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to get
those patients the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a
medical specialist.

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