There are common questions people have about chiropractic care. They want to understand what to expect and how a chiropractor can help them.
1. When would someone visit a chiropractor?
Chiropractors assist with musculoskeletal issues that occur as a result of car accidents, sports injuries, and also some conditions that affect the spine, back, and neck. They are more about conservative levels of care, so you would likely go to a chiropractor first for acute pain or pain that’s only affecting one area and that’s not an emergency situation.
2. What can I expect on a first visit?
When you go to your first appointment, you can do your paperwork beforehand through an online form. This helps the office to gather your information in an electronic patient record and saves you time when you get to the office. Once you’re there, the chiropractor will discuss your pain and mobility issues with you, and then ask about your own goals beyond reducing pain.
3. How often do I need to see a chiropractor?
The typical recommendation is about 2 to 3 times per week for about 3 to 4 weeks. The patient may have a flare-up of their arthritis or other issues that brought them to the office in the first place. At this point, they can make a follow-up appointment.
4. Do I need imaging first?
Many chiropractors will not ask you to get imaging done before starting treatment, in most instances. If they need to refer you out for something that is more serious or that isn’t responding to treatment, you will likely have x-rays and other imaging.