FAQs

Most insurance plans offer some coverage for Chiropractic service.  We will gladly check into your plan prior to your acceptance of care in our office and review your coverage with you.

We also offer competitive Self Pay rates for patients without Chiropractic coverage.

Always wrap a light weight towel or use a clothing barrier between you and the cold pack. Ice should NOT be used directly on the skin.  You can use crushed ice in a ziplock bag, or a gel ice pack, even a bag of peas.  Since inflammation often accompanies joint dysfunction, ice should be applied for 6 minutes when using hard ice, or 12 minutes if using a gel ice pack.  Ice helps to reduce inflammation and numbs the pain when used in short spurts like 12 minutes at a time.  Repeat its application 3-4 times with a 45 minute rest period in between applications of cold.

The best method of solving this riddle is to assess the source of pain.  With a new injury (under 72 hours), generally it is best to treat using ice.  Chronic types of pain are generally best treated using moist heat.

In general, you can’t go wrong when using ice.  Ice will calm down most inflammatory conditions within a few short applications.  Cold causes vasodilation within the small blood vessels and decreased the local metabolism.  It slows nerve conduction velocity which is the speed at which nerve impulses are transmitted and therefore reduces the number of pain signals that reach the brain.  It provides vasoconstriction, analgesia, and sedation – and most importantly, relief of pain.  It is indicated for acute musculoskeletal injuries, burns, insect bites, and/or bleeding. Ice should NOT be used for gout, rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud’s disease, or conditions with vascular impairment.

In contrast, application of moist heat causes vasodilatation the small blood vessels and increases local metabolism.  Vasodilation results in increased white blood cells and increased nutrition to the area and increases removal of metabolic waste products.  Moist heat should NOT be used on acute muskuloskeletal injury, skin conditions, pregnancy, malignancy, diabetes, swollen areas, hemorrhagic disorders.

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints.  Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.  The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small.  Many patients feel relief almost immediately or within a few sessions.  Some may experience mild soreness or stiffness, just as you would after you exercise.

According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people taking NSAIDS are three times more likely than those who don’t, to develop serious adverse gastrointestinal problems such as hemorrhage or perforation.  And prescriptions for powerful drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone have tripled in the past 12 years.  Abuse and overdose of these painkillers are among the leading causes of accidental death in the US.

Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions.  Their extensive education has provided them to identify patients who may have special risk factors and recommend to those patients if chiropractic is right for them or if they should seek care with a medical specialist.

 

Absolutely!  Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and mishaps from activities of daily living.  Their spines and nervous systems can be affecting from activities such as learning how to walk and run, to playing sports, to playing on game systems or using electronic devices. Children can benefit from having gentle alignments applied to their spines to alleviate symptoms they may develop or just as a means of prevention and wellness care.

Anyone with a spine and nervous system can benefit from chiropractic care.  Dr. Keri is skilled to treat all ages at our office.  This includes newborn age through the active senior age groups.

  • Back, neck, shoulder, knee or extremity pain
  • Headaches – migraine, tension or sinus
  • Sciatica or leg pain
  • Numbness or Tingling
  • Arthritis
  • Poor posture
  • Scoliosis
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Poor Immune function
  • Stress Management
  • Pregnancy Wellness
  • Childhood Wellness
  • As part of maintaining a Wellness Lifestyle

Chiropractic x-rays are used as a diagnostic tool and provide valuable information to the doctor for diagnosing and making treatment recommendations.  They help determine the health of your spine as well as if any fractures, dislocations or subluxation misalignments are present. They also allow the doctor to diagnose if any arthritis, infection, tumors or pathology is present. To see is to know and we don’t like to guess about your spinal health.

The number of adjustments your condition will require is dependent on many factors.  Some of these include:  your history of injuries, previous surgeries, genetic factors, occupation, exercise routine, weight and more.  The length of time your condition has been developing over time also plays a role. Also important is the patient’s personal goals for recovery or correction when determining the course of treatment in making recommendations for a care program.

In general, there are 3 different types of care plans when determining what plan is best for each patient’s needs.  These care plans are:  acute pain relief care, corrective care, and maintenance or wellness care.  The type of care you need will be discussed by you and the doctor to make sure you meet your health goals.

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