Freq Questions

How are you different from other chiropractors?

At Limitless Health Chiropractic, we strive towards excellence in the way we serve our patients. We are unique in three ways.

First, our primary goal is to properly diagnose your condition, providing you a thorough understanding of the problem, which allows a much better chance at fixing it.  Our patients are getting amazing results because we understand and are able to target their specific problems.

Second, we strive to give you our time and attention, treating you as more than just a number.  We spend valuable time with you, helping you to understand your condition, and to learn how to take care of yourself.

Finally, with our approach to structural rehabilitation, we offer the chance to actually correct the cause of your pain, rather than simply decreasing the symptoms.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

“Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculo-skeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.

Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.

In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.” –American Chiropractic Association

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

“Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches…particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculo-skeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.” –American Chiropractic Association

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

No. Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed to be Primary Care Physicians. This means that you can see us without needing to get a referral from your medical doctor, saving you time. It also means we provide a primary diagnosis for your condition. After providing a diagnosis, our doctors will decide if your condition is something that we can treat. If not, we will refer you specialists who can help.

Should everyone get a chiropractic checkup?

Just as dental check-ups prevent tooth decay, chiropractic check-ups are key for preventing spinal decay, arthritis and degeneration. Because of the high risk of scoliosis, we highly recommend to have all adolescents brought in for a check-up. We check for any growth abnormalities, including leg length inequalities, scoliosis, or kyphotic and lordotic changes. These can be corrected much easier when caught earlier during growth.

What should I expect from my first appointment?

Your first visit is our opportunity for us to get to know you. Our team will listen to your concerns, and gather all the needed information to truly understand your condition. This includes taking a history, a thorough orthopedic, postural, and neurological exam, and radiological exam if necessary. We prefer not to treat our patients on the first visit, but exceptions can be made.

We then schedule a second appointment, allowing us to take the necessary time to study your case. At your second visit we provide a thorough diagnosis, and a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes.  We accept most PPO insurances and medicare. Bring in your insurance information on your first visit and we will check to see what particular coverage you have. If you do not have coverage, no problem, we accept cash, check, credit cards, and can offer financing.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

“Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal 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 immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, recent evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously, or following everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon. Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care—often at the office of a doctor of chiropractic or family physician—but that care is not the cause of the injury. The best evidence indicates that the incidence of artery injuries associated with high-velocity upper neck manipulation is extremely rare – about 1 case in 5.85 million manipulations.

If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.

It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculo-skeletal pain — prescription and over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) — as these treatments may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.” –American Chiropractic Association

After being I adjusted, will I have to keep coming back for the rest of my life?

No. We pride ourselves in providing goal oriented care, offering treatment plans with specific goals in a specific amount of time. We give before and after results that you can measure!  Your treatment is over once you hit your goal.

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

“Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.” –American Chiropractic Association

Do you offer adjusting methods without popping?

Yes, we offer adjustive techniques that don’t create a pop if that is preferred. It’s important to realize that if a joint does not pop, the adjustment can still be very therapeutic. Our adjustments are designed to restore proper structure, so that your body can function properly. The popping noise is only a side-effect.

Can I adjust myself?

Although you may be able to get your joints to pop, this does not mean that you are receiving much benefit. In many cases, a person will only be able to pop their joints on one side, revealing an imbalance and possibly an instability. Our adjustments are designed to restore proper structure, so that your body can function properly. The popping noise is only a side-effect.

Instead of adjustments, isn't core stabilization the best way to get rid of my back pain?

Core stabilization is a very popular topic in the media, but it has also created a lot of confusion. Core stabilization is one of many tools that we will use when needed, but it is not the only tool. We find that adjustments and exercise together create much better results.

If you were to build core strength on a faulty foundation, a spine that is distorted, you may only be strengthening the problem. We have seen many athletes, fitness instructors, etc who are physically strong, but have still developed painful problems because they did not address their foundation. We restore proper structure first, and then strengthen that structure with specific exercises tailored to the need of the patient.

Is a good workout the same as getting adjusted?

No. If you were to build core strength on a faulty foundation, a spine that is distorted, you may only be strengthening the problem. We have seen many athletes, fitness instructors, etc who are physically strong, but have still developed painful problems because they did not address their foundation. We restore proper structure first, and then strengthen that structure with specific exercises tailored to the need of the patient.Back to top

 

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

“Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.” –American Chiropractic Association

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate during pregnancy?

Yes. The research shows that pregnant women can benefit greatly from chiropractic treatment. Because the structural changes during pregnancy, joints can lose mobility or be under increased demand. Adjustive techniques help relieve these stresses.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate those who have had back surgery?

Yes, in most cases, those who have had back surgery can still benefit greatly from back surgery. Failed back surgery is all too common, and in many cases, is because the cause of the problem was not addressed in the first place. Often there are additional complications caused from the surgery itself. Our treatment is highly recommended for both the original problem, and for complications from surgery.Back to top

 

When should I try surgery?

Surgery should be performed when: it is a last resort as all your other options have failed, or when the specific diagnosis requires surgery.

There are specific times when surgery is required, and we will refer you to a surgeon when that time comes. With the results our patients are getting, surgery is usually not needed. Don’t give up! Many of our patients have found relief even when other chiropractors could not help them.

If you are considering surgery, we can provide a second opinion. After a thorough exam, we may agree that surgery is recommended, but all too often, we have found that it is not.