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Frequently Asked Questions
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What conditions benefit from chiropractic?
Some of the conditions that are commonly known to benefit from chiropractic care include: Neck Pain, Headaches, Back Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Whiplash, Sciatica, Numbness and Tingling in arms & legs, and Scoliosis.
Some of the conditions that are not as commonly known, but which respond very well to chiropractic care are: Dizziness and Vertigo, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain, Shoulder Pain, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Fibromyalgia, Disc Pain, Hip Bursitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Kee Pain, and Arthritis.
What Does the “pop” mean?
The popping sometimes experienced during an adjustment is simply the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide (CO2) gases from the joint itself. The medical term is tribonucleation. The gases are released as the joint space opens. Such sounds are completely harmless. There is absolutely no pain, injury, or long-term harm associated with them.
A common example is the joints at the base of the fingers, which noisily pop when you crack your knuckles.
Do Popping Sounds Indicate Successful Treatment?
While some patients worry about popping sounds, others feel they indicate if their spinal adjustments are done correctly. In actuality, the popping is irrelevant to short- or long-term therapeutic outcomes. In other words, the presence of popping sounds, as well as the lack of them, are not indicative of whether your adjustments are effective. This can only be determined by the specific adjustment techniques used by your chiropractor. Sometimes, proper techniques will generate popping, and sometimes they won’t.
So, should you worry about popping sounds during spinal adjustments? The answer is no. Instead, focus on finding an experienced chiropractor with the skills to treat your specific health problem.
Can chiropractic be helpful for children?
Children with a properly aligned spine and neck tend to have better posture and be in better overall health. Chiropractic not only helps align the spine and neck, but also helps to clear the neural pathways. This helps the nervous system to perform well, which is vital to healthy living.
Does Chiropractic treatment hurt?
A chiropractic adjustment is a safe, effective, and often pain-free treatment for a wide range of issues, providing relief for patients without medication. Although you may experience minor soreness following your session, it is doubtful that you will be in significant pain during your adjustment.
Can you see a chiropractor after surgery?
Chiropractors utilize a variety of techniques to help restore movement and reduce pain after surgery. Your chiropractor for post-surgical pain may use both spinal adjustments and soft tissue treatments to help restore motion in your back, reducing your pain without drugs.
Surgical procedures are a basic part of modern medicine. By some estimates, the average person has about nine surgical processes during their life.
Your doctor will often put limitations on post-operative activities after a procedure or surgery, and you should always adhere to their proposal. Still, most surgeons do not explicitly mention chiropractic care in their aftercare instructions.
For some surgeries, joint replacement surgery, discectomies, etc., chiropractic care can be modified as needed if the doctor and therapist permit chiropractic treatment. For instance, adjustments and joint care can likely be suspended for a time and replaced with soft tissue therapies like stretching and passive and active mobilizations.
What medications does Atlas Pain Institute use?
First, here are some statistics regarding prescription medications. Mayo Clinic, one of the most trusted medical sources in the world, reports that 70% of all Americans take at least one medication, that 50% of Americans take at least two medications, and 20% of Americans are on at least five medications. It's important to note that there is not a single medication out there that is not responsible for at least one death annually. These numbers are staggering given the number of deaths they cause. This is not calling for the dismantling of the prescription drug industry, because they do serve their purpose and have saved many lives, especially in emergency situations; but rather to get people to understand the magnitude of how many drugs are prescribed in this country and the impact they can have.
So, do chiropractors prescribe drugs or medications? Chiropractors do not prescribe medications, and in most states, they are forbidden from doing so. So, you might ask, how do chiropractors help people if they don't prescribe medication? Chiropractors look at the body differently than medical doctors do. Most chiropractors believe that the body is capable of getting better, without much help, if all parts of the body are working properly. In other words, chiropractic addresses the cause of the condition, rather than focusing on treating symptoms. Put simply, chiropractic care helps the body help itself — and that is why patients get better and feel better.