What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
The following are conditions that generally respond to chiropractic therapy:
Back pain, Neck pain, headaches, Arm and shoulder pain, Bursitis, Tendinitis, Hand and wrist pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Hip pain, Groin pain, Tail bone pain, Sciatica, Disc problems, Leg pain, Knee pain, Ankle and foot pain, Sprains /Strains, Fibromyalgia, Menstrual pain, Muscular pelvic pain, Muscular chest pain, And most painful muscle and joint conditions.
Many other conditions may also be helped with Chiropractic, if you are experiencing any painful problems that are not responding to conventional treatment, we may be able to help.
When should I see a chiropractor?
The best time to begin chiropractic care would be if you experience any pain that lasts more than a couple of days. Ideally it would be advisable to consult with a chiropractor before you have any problems to have your spine checked, and be advised about ways to avoid back problems. Unfortunately, most people generally seek chiropractic care when they have a painful condition that has persisted for some time. It is never too early or late to begin chiropractic treatments, but the sooner you start, the faster your condition will resolve.
You could benefit from Chiropractic therapy if you have any of the following signs.
- Pain that persists longer than 4-5 days
- Chronic pain in your back, neck joints, muscles or head that hasn't improved with home or traditional medical treatments
- Job that requires you sit for long periods of time, or to perform repetitive physical tasks
- Previous injury from auto accidents, falls,sports, cheerleading, dance etc.
- Difficulty sitting, bending, walking or lifting
- An injury to a muscle, joint or spine hasn't healed with initial medical treatment, medications or physical therapy
- Sharp pain shoots from your hip down your leg.
- Pain, achiness, a burning sensation or stiffness comes and goes in parts of your body, with no explainable cause.
- Recurring pain
- Problems sleeping due to neck or back pain
- Headaches, particularly when associated with neck pain or tightness
- Stiffness or swelling in your joints
- Inability or difficulty to performing daily activities due to muscle or joint pain
- Pins and needles or numbness in your arms, hands, legs or feet
- Pregnancy or previous pregnancy
- You have a high shoulder or hip, you hold your head forward, your shoes wear unevenly.
- You want to address joint or muscle pain without drugs or surgery.
Do I need to sign a contract?
You should never have to sign a contract for health care. There are some who use scare tactics or try to bully you into signing a contract by telling you your condition will cost thousands of dollars and take months of treatment for you to improve, but, if you sign a long term treatment contract, they will reduce the fees. No one can be sure how long it will take your condition to resolve, (most resolve in a short time), and no one can be sure how or if you will respond to chiropractic therapy. If you sign a contract and do not like your treatments, or they are not helping you, you are trapped. You should always be in control of your health care options, and never be contracted into care you may not like, want, or need. It is wise to get a second opinion if long term costly treatment is recommended.
What treatment methods are used?
The methods of care that we utilize at Lemont Chiropractic Center include manual therapies such as chiropractic spinal and extremity adjusting or mobilization (to restore proper joint motion and function), soft tissue techniques such as massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release, (designed to relax and stretch tight muscles). There are also different types of physio therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound that uses ultra high frequency sound waves that produce deep heat, and electrical therapies including interferential current that's used to relax muscles and promote healing and recovery. These adjunctive therapies help achieve a physiological response that is consistent with healing and restoring wellness. Specific home exercises are recommended which are done to help regulate body function; these include stretching, strengthening and coordination exercises. Nutrition and dietary recommendations are given to help support recovery, enhance energy, and aid the bodies own healing ability.
How long will I need to have treatment?
Every condition like every person is unique, the length of time it takes to achieve pain relief and correction depends on many factors, such as, the duration of the condition, living habits, occupation, your ability to rest, and underlying stressful, degenerative and or structural problems. Other considerations include your adherence to the advised treatment plan, and home recommendations. Most people feel a substantial improvement within the first couple of weeks; however, just because the pain is diminished or gone does not necessarily mean the condition is resolved. (see Phases of Chiropractic Treatment) We always do our best to relieve your pain and stabilize your condition in the shortest possible time.Your condition will be evaluated at every visit to determine your treatment frequency. At Lemont Chiropractic Center your therapy is based on your response, not on an arbitrary pre determined number of visits.Most patients first begin chiropractic because of a painful condition, but many continue to come back regularly to keep themselves as healthy as possable. How long you choose to continue active therapy and or supportive care is always up to you, you will never be pressured or harassed to continue unwanted care.
What should I do if I don't see any improvement after my chiropractic treatment?
If you don't feel any improvement after a few chiropractic treatments you may be expecting too much too quickly. Most conditions come on over time, so when when you first experience symptoms the actual cause may have started weeks, months or years prior. It takes time to achieve pain relief and for tissues to heal properly. Sometimes you may be a little more sore or the pain may feel worse after the first few treatments, this is because we are working on tight inflamed tissues, and attempting to mobilize joints that may have been locked for some time, you should begin to see positive results within the first couple weeks of therapy. You need to give chiropractic therapy a little time to achieve its benefits, unlike pain medications that give you immediate relief, but are only masking symptoms, chiropractic therapy takes a little longer to achieve results, but as your pain resolves you know that your condition is actually improving. If you do not respond chiropractic therapy in timely manner, or your condition worsens, you will be referred to another health provider.
What are subluxations?
Vertebral subluxations are not merely a bone out of place, but a combination of functional and structural abnormalities involving the spinal joints and surrounding tissue. Due to loss of spinal joint function, subluxation complexes are responsible for the majority of back and neck pain. Chiropractic adjustments along with other adjunctive procedures such as, physiotherapy, exercise, improved posture and proper ergonomics, are very helpful in correcting subluxation complexes, as well as restoring and maintaining optimal health. For more information about subluxations click here.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one.
Does Chiropractic hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds. Occasionally you will experience some soreness in the area that was adjusted for a day or two, this is due to stretching the constricted tissues around the joint. As the vertebra resumes its normal function, you normally will not feel any post adjustment discomfort.
When to use heat or cold?
When you first injure yourself, you should always use ice for at least the first day or two, after that you can generally use moist heat. To apply ice wrap the ice bag in a thin towel, and apply it to the painful area for about 15 min. at a time, you can repeat this every hour. To apply moist heat, you can use a moist heating pad, hot water bottle, or microwaveable heat pack.Wet the sponge pad of the moist heating pad, with the water bottle or heat pack, wrap them in a thin damp towel then apply the heat to the painful area for 20 to 30 min. Do not! use heat more than 1/2 hour at a time, you can repeat the heat every hour as needed. Make sure if you use a heating pad to read the manufactures precautions, and never sleep on a heating pad.
Does insurance cover Chiropractic treatments?
Most insurance does cover Chiropractic therapy, what they cover and how much they pay is dependent on your individual policy. Some have a set number of treatments they will pay for, others have a specific yearly dollar amount, and others only cover certain therapeutic procedures. You can call your insurance company to find out what will be covered and what they will pay. We will also contact your company to determine coverage, and we will explain what they will cover and what your responsibility will be.
Do I have to see my Medical Doctor before I see a Chiropractor?
Doctors of Chiropractic are Licensed physicians, you do not need to consult with your medical Doctor or have treatment prescribed, as with physical therapists. The only time you would need a referral from your primary care physician would be if you belong to an H.M.O.
Should I tell my Medical Doctor I am seeing a Chiropractor?
Your primary care physician should be made aware of any treatment you are receiving be it Chiropractic, medical, or alternative, just as you should let your Chiropractor know what kinds of medication you are taking or other treatment you may be having. Sometimes a specific condition may require the services of both your Chiropractor and Medical Doctor, and possibly other specialists. Letting all of your doctors know what types of treatment you are receiving helps them make informed decisions regarding your health care.