Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take x-rays?
Some chiropractic offices will take X-rays on all new patients; however our office policy is to evaluate the condition and gather the necessary information to determine whether an X-ray will assist in the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. In most cases of non-traumatic musculoskeletal conditions causing pain, an X-ray is not needed like in the example of back or neck pain that has developed after repetitive use or from having lifted a heavy object. Many factors are considered when making this decision.
Our office will be more likely to request or send patients out for X-rays in instances of trauma or a suspected fracture, when there is an onset of new symptoms without a clear cause, if a patient is not responding to care as expected, and especially when there are “red flags” that could indicate something more serious may be going on.
How many visits will I need?
Most patients see some progress in a week or two, and many much sooner, but the number of adjustments will vary from patient to patient due to many factors such as the condition they are coming in for, the mechanism of injury, the length of time the condition has existed, the health and age of a patient, or even the physical conditions of their working environment. Generally we try to give our patients an estimate of time we expect that it will take for them to feel better, and from there we re-evaluate the condition and progress along the way to make sure we are on track toward their recovery. Our goal is to get every patient feeling as well as they can as quickly as possible, and we will often times give patients stretches or home care recommendations to help them achieve this.
What does a chiropractic treatment consist of?
The most common kind of chiropractic treatment is referred to as spinal manipulation or a chiropractic adjustment which often elicits a popping noise. Other types of treatments are also used to align the spine and joints including techniques which do not involve any popping. Our treatment generally depends on the presenting condition and patient preference of comfort level with the variety of options we can provide. At times adjustments are followed with a type of modality therapy including electrical muscle stimulation or intersegmental traction which is more commonly referred to as the roller table. Need for a therapy will be dictated by whether the patient’s condition will respond better of faster with the therapy, and will more likely be recommended in instances where there is a lot of muscular involvement or discomfort.
What is the popping noise?
The popping noises are caused by small pockets of air or gas bubbles that form and are trapped within the fluid of the joints. As the joint is stretched, gas exchange occurs and causes this popping noise, as often noticed when someone cracks their knuckles.