Frequently Asked Questions
Providing Safe and Effective Chiropractic Care in Frederick, MD
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is the safest of the healing professions. Chiropractors have the lowest malpractice insurance rates of the any of the major health professions because our care is safe and effective. Chiropractors are trained to know when to adjust, and when not to adjust. We are taught how to work with people with every conceivable health condition including not only spine adjustments, but headache relief, leg pain and numbness, migraines, sciatica, and more.
Are Chiropractic x-rays safe?
Yes. Chiropractors use x-rays to evaluate the structure of the spine. As you have learned, the function of your body is dictated by the structure (and vice versa). It is important that your chiropractor be able to “see” exactly what is happening in your spine, structure-wise. As for safety, modern x-ray equipment uses high-speed screens and film, so that a good x-ray may be made with a minimum of exposure. Chiropractors have extensive training in x-ray safety, radiology, and x-ray physics. And, in most states, the State Health Department that inspects medical x-ray equipment also inspects and certifies Chiropractic x-ray equipment.
Is Chiropractic cost effective?
Many studies in recent years (Rand, Manga, etc.) show that for many conditions, Chiropractic care is by far THE most cost-effective treatment available for a variety of conditions including migraines, back pain, leg numbness, and more. In fact, people who use Chiropractic services regularly spent less on all health care expenses, simply because they are healthier and have less illness and injury. Not only that, but our Frederick, Maryland Chiropractic offices provides regular care that is wellness oriented and with the combination of care and wellness, you have your best chance for avoiding dangerous high tech medical, surgical, and hospital care.
What causes the “pop” noise?
The most commonly accepted explanation is the “pop” sound is the result of nitrogen bubbles that are produced from the synovial fluid cavitating as the joint is moved. However, the “pop” sound is irrelevant – you can be adjusted without hearing a pop. Or, just because something is “popped,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that the subluxation was corrected.
Is it OK to “crack” your own back and neck?
No. When you “crack” your spine, you are moving vertebrae at random and the “crack” may have more to do with tearing soft tissue than moving bones. The chances of you actually moving something into the proper position are pretty slim. Consider this – Doctors of Chiropractic study and train for years to learn how to adjust. Even with this knowledge, a Chiropractor physically cannot adjust himself. Chiropractors need other Chiropractors to examine and adjust their spines.
Can a Chiropractor help people who have had back surgery?
Yes. Of course, it is best to see a Chiropractor first, before you have traumatic irreversible surgery that often is not effective, especially teens who may have bars, braces or screws permanently placed in their backs and will never be normal again. But, patients who have had back surgery can sill benefit from Chiropractic care. Your Chiropractor can evaluate your spine and determine where he or she should (or shouldn’t) adjust. Remember, Chiropractors evaluate the entire spine, so even if you have had surgery in a particular area, there’s still much for the Chiropractor to work with to help your body express optimum wellness.
Does my insurance cover Chiropractic?
Most insurance programs do cover Chiropractic care. Many studies in recent years have shown that Chiropractic care is the most effective (and most cost effective approach to health). As a result, many insurance companies have added Chiropractic coverage, because they have found that it saves them money, and their insured customers are very pleased with their Chiropractic care. Lipinski Chiropractic offers a variety of Chiropractic services in Frederick, Maryland.
I already exercise/get massage, so do I still need a Chiropractor?
Chiropractic deals with the function of the nervous system and the structure of the spine. Because the nervous system controls everything in your body, it is vital that it functions without interference. Massage can relax the muscles and improve circulation, but if the nerves are irritated, the muscle will tighten up again. Exercise is a vital part of any wellness program, but it can never substitute for Chiropractic care.
Children’s Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions
When should I take my child to a Chiropractor?
WHEN you want your child to have all the benefits of a conservative, drugless approach to health care. Your child’s first visit to the Doctor of Chiropractic can be a pleasant experience, one without painful injections and procedures, but with plenty of nurturing. A Doctor of Chiropractic should examine your child during that all-important first year of life when spinal trauma can occur during birth as well as from tumbles while learning to sit up or walk. Improper lifting and carrying of your child can also contribute to spinal stress. Your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length during that first year (the equivalent of a six-footer growing to nine feet in just 12 months!) It’s this kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make a complete chiropractic examination so important in the early stages of your child’s life.
WHEN you want to give your child a head start in good health. Doctors of Chiropractic believe it’s much more important to prevent diseases than wait till some illness occurs. Through regular adjustments, counseling on proper diet, exercise and posture, the Doctor of Chiropractic can help you raise a child whose body is structurally and functionally sound. Your child will also learn good health habits at an early age which can be very beneficial to him or her as an adult.
WHEN your child takes a fall. Youngsters take numerous tumbles while learning to walk, riding a bike, or even while jumping or running around. But after their tears have dried, underlying injuries could go undetected–such as a misaligned vertebra during the spine’s most formative period.
Regular spinal exams by the Doctor of Chiropractic can provide corrective and preventive care for your son or daughter and peace of mind for you.
WHEN your child takes part in athletic activities. The “sack” of a young quarterback could twist a young spine. A softball pitcher could throw a vertebra out of alignment. Doctors of Chiropractic can do more than correct these problems, they can also help improve performance on and off the field by helping the body function at its optimum level, naturally without stress and without drugs.
How safe is chiropractic for my child?
Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care. A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life and the Doctor of Chiropractic applies only a slight pressure to make spinal adjustments. Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless and will not hurt your child. Chiropractors do not use drugs which sometimes cause more harmful side effects than the progression of the disease itself. Drugs can also create the potential for addiction, even in young children. The Doctor of Chiropractic does not perform any invasive procedures (such as surgery) which sometimes can have irreversible side effects. These are some of the reasons why malpractice insurance rates for chiropractors are only a fraction of what physicians pay and why more than 30 million Americans choose chiropractic care for their children and themselves.
How effective is chiropractic care for children?
Doctors of Chiropractic have been providing safe and effective care or children for nearly 100 years. There are several published studies conducted by researchers in Germany, Australia, Denmark and the United States which confirm the effectiveness of chiropractic for a variety of childhood illnesses. This body of scientific evidence is growing every day.
Do all Doctors of Chiropractic care for children? How do I choose?
Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed in all 50 states of the U.S. to provide chiropractic care to children and adults. A doctor who is interested in providing the best care possible will belong to a chiropractic pediatric council and take regular continuing post-graduate courses in pediatrics. Some may pursue a postgraduate degree in pediatrics. Choose a doctor with a family practice or who is referred to you by another parent. The International Chiropractors Association has a Pediatrics Council to which many doctors belong. This Council regularly updates doctors with the latest in chiropractic pediatric care and encourages its members to take advanced education in chiropractic pediatrics to improve their diagnostic and clinical skills.