Answers to Your Questions about Chiropractic

What Conditions Do Chiropractors Treat?

Back Pain

Chiropractors diagnose and treat spinal disorders that can lead to musculoskeletal or nerve pain. A physical and neurological exam will likely be conducted in order to present an accurate diagnosis.

Conditions that a chiropractor treats include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
  • Posture
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis

How Do I Select A Doctor of Chiropractic?

Model of spine

You can start by asking your primary care doctor for a referral to a Richardson chiropractor. He or she may know someone in the area. Secondly, ask friends, family and coworkers. Be sure to do your own research on any recommendation. You’ll want to verify a chiropractor’s credentials and ensure that their schooling is accredited. Finally, call the office and ask if they’re accepting new patients. If the answer is yes, then schedule a consultation and interview the chiropractor.

Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?

Chiropractor doing adjustment

Yes, chiropractic care is very safe. Is there a risk? Yes, but the risk is no different than with any other type of health care procedure. According to the American Chiropractic Association, that risk is only about one in more than five million. The fact that chiropractic treatment is drug-free and non-surgical is part of the reason for the extraordinary safety record.

Does Insurance Cover Chiropractic Treatment?

Just like when you see a medical doctor, you’ll want to know the cost of chiropractic care, what your insurance covers and what your financial responsibility will be. Most medical insurance plans do offer coverage for chiropractic treatment. Of course, you will likely have a co-pay at the time of your visit. If you are seeing a chiropractor to treat a chronic condition, then be sure to talk with your insurance company to determine your benefits. Although back pain treatment in Richardson may be covered, maintenance and wellness visits may not be covered.

Why Is There a Popping Sound When a Joint is Adjusted?

Gas bubbles between the joints are often released when you have a chiropractic adjustment or manipulation. That’s why you hear a popping sound sometimes. If you don’t hear anything this does not mean that the adjustment was not successful. There may not have been any gas bubbles to release in the joint. The popping sound rarely equates with any discomfort.

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