FAQ’s

What Educational Requirements Must A Doctor Of Chiropractic Complete?

How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?

When Would I Need An X-ray?

How Will The Adjustment Help Me?

Will I Be Permanently Well Or Will My Condition Ever Recur?

What Kind of Back Pain Is Chiropractic Treatment Effective For?

Is Chiropractic Safe?

What If My Problem Does Not Involve My Back?

 

 

 

 

 


What Educational Requirements Must A Doctor Of Chiropractic Complete?

Aspiring chiropractors have similar undergraduate requirements as medical doctors. They then must complete a four-year doctorate degree program that includes laboratory work, sciences, diagnosis, treatment procedures, and a clinical internship. Also, most chiropractic colleges require students to partake in clinical externship programs that place them in actual chiropractic offices so that they can further enhance their clinical practice skills.

Near or soon after graduation, chiropractors must successfully complete rigorous National and State Board examinations to obtain a license to practice. To ensure that a high level of competence is maintained, annual postgraduate continuing education is also required.

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How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?

The SportsPlus Team uses a timeline approach to treatment. Before treatment begins, we will discuss what kinds of improvements you can expect to see and when you can expect them. This provides a gauge by which you can determine if you are achieving your health and wellness goals through a particular course of therapy or treatment.

The length of time needed to achieve wellness depends on the course of treatment taken, your living and nutritional habits, and the severity and duration of the problem. Some patients get results immediately. Others find that their recovery takes several months or longer. Children often respond quickly, while adults with long-standing spinal or extremity problems heal more slowly.

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When Would I Need An X-ray?

Although X-rays are not a routine part of every diagnosis, certain medical criteria necessitate them. The SportsPlus Doctors normally recommend X-rays if any of the following situations apply to the patient, or if upon examination, it seems necessary:

• Acute trauma
• A long history of symptoms
• Radiation of pain down the arms or legs
• Extensive use of corticosteroid drugs
• Greater than 55 years of age

If X-rays are needed, they usually can be taken in our office during your appointment.

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How Will The Adjustment Help Me?

The purpose of the adjustment is to “loosen up” a joint that is not moving correctly. This will allow an increase in range of motion of that segment. The muscles surrounding that segment will also be addressed to encourage continued motion.

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Will I Be Permanently Well Or Will My Condition Ever Recur?

It depends on the condition, your daily activities, and other individual circumstances. SportsPlus does its best to insure that you are not released from care until you know how to prevent the situation from occurring again.

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What Kind of Back Pain Is Chiropractic Treatment Effective For?

The SportsPlus doctors successfully treat mechanical lower back pain and pain from sciatica or disk degeneration caused by arthritis.

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Is Chiropractic Safe?

Although there is a risk with any medical procedure, chiropractic methods are very safe for treating patients. There has been some research showing a risk with neck adjustments. These risks are very minimal (approximately 1:1.5 million incidences). The SportsPlus doctors reduce this ratio by taking a close look at prescribed medications and using the safest and most up-to-date procedures to ensure patient safety.

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 What If My Problem Does Not Involve My Back?

While many people do think of chiropractors as back or spinal care experts,  our scope includes care of muscles and joints through out the body. In fact almost a full 50% of cases that we treat involve extra-spinal problems. Some examples include: plantar fasciitis, shoulder impingement and a myriad of other sprains and strains. Not sure if we are the right place to treat your injury? Schedule a free consultation, and if we can’t help you we will be happy to put you in touch with providers that can.

 

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