The Chiropractor Answers Your Questions
- Why did you decide to become a chiropractor?
When I was 13 years old, I did a back-flip on a trampoline, landing on my head instead of my feet, and was hospitalized with torn neck muscles for six days. Thank goodness nothing was broken! My family didn’t know about chiropractors and I just lived with the pain until I was 27 years old. I finally went to James Wehinger, D.C., in Burlingame, CA, and “got the cure.” One day, a few months later, I woke up and said to myself, “This is what I need to do with my life.” I immediately sold my interest in the family business. The rest is history. I regularly reaffirm through good results and good practice that I made the right decision.
- How do I know if chiropractic treatments will help me?
This is the most important and most asked question. The list of conditions and symptoms chiropractic can help is very long indeed. The only surefire way to know if chiropractic treatment is appropriate is to make an appointment with a local chiropractor and allow him or her to evaluate your case.
- What is the evaluation process?
In our office, you will receive a thorough face-to-face consultation that usually lasts about 20 minutes. I will ask you many questions and compile your answers in a clinical data chart that I designed to enable me to quickly identify your condition. If we believe chiropractic may be a helpful modality, we will recommend Part 2 of your initial visit, which is a chiropractic physical examination. Again, a special data chart will bring us very close to deciding if we think we can help you.
- What do chiropractors do?
Chiropractors attempt to restore a more normal joint physiology to adversely affected joints, many of which are in your spinal column but can also be in your pelvic girdle and lower and upper extremities.
- Does my M.D. need to decide for me whether I can see a chiropractor?
The answer is usually “no.” Making an appointment with our office doesn’t mean you are going to get treatment without us evaluating your problem. You can always get an evaluation without anybody’s permission. Remember, the evaluation to decide if you are a chiropractic case is step #1.
- Is it true that once you go to a chiropractor you have to go forever?
The answer is “NO!”Anybody you know who continues to see a chiropractor after they have achieved maximum therapeutic benefit is doing so by their own choice. And there are numerous reasons why patients choose to continue: Many people report they sleep better when they stay adjusted or feel that athletic performance is maximized. Others may have incurred permanent injury and damage to their joints and have chosen chiropractic adjustments from the many approaches to reducing pain. Many have tried a brief course of elective maintenance and found they could identify a benefit. Some stop, and realize they felt better when they stayed adjusted and returned for monthly check-ups and adjustments.
- Is chiropractic an “alternative” therapy?
There are a few chiropractic procedures considered by some to be “alternative.” However, helping to maintain and restore normal nerve, muscle and joint function has become an acceptable standard treatment modality and insurance companies began paying chiropractic insurance claims in the 1960s. Even Medicare recognizes chiropractic as a form of treatment to which beneficiaries are entitled.
- Are chiropractors “real doctors”?
If your definition of a real doctor is someone who prescribes pharmaceuticals, gives you injections, works in a hospital and does surgery, then the answer is “no.”
If your definition of a doctor is someone who can diagnose within the scope of their practice, take and read their own X-rays, develop a treatment plan and communicate effectively with your other healthcare providers, then yes, a chiropractor is “a real doctor.”
- I’m confused by some of the “alternative” titles doctors use. How do I know if I have a real chiropractor?
A licensed chiropractor has the degree “Doctor of Chiropractic,” has passed the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners licensing tests, is entitled to submit claims to your healthcare carrier on your behalf and is required to obey all of the federal and state health practitioner confidentiality laws. California State law requires that if a chiropractor identifies him- or herself in any advertising, literature or in any other communication as “Dr.” it must be followed by the word “chiropractor” or “D.C.” for “Doctor of Chiropractic.”
Still have questions? Please call us at the office. 510-524-7005. We look forward to hearing from you.