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Have questions about chiropractic or acupuncture? Find answers!

Q: What conditions do chiropractors treat?

A: Chiropractors receive extensive training and education in evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions. Conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches or any other aches and pain can usually be treated by a chiropractor. However, chiropractors can also treat other complaints depending on their amount and level of specialization.

Q: Do the doctors of Back in Balance Chiropractic and Acupuncture specialize in anything?

A: The doctors at Back in Balance have specialized in a number of treatment options including: Applied Kinesiology, Weight Loss, Functional Nutrition, Rehabilitation, Acupuncture and Cosmetic Acupuncture. A free consultation is available for all new patients to talk one on one about these services with the doctors.

Q: Does chiropractic treatment require referral from an MD?

A: In most cases no referral is required. If your insurance carrier is a PPO type than no referral is necessary. If you are part of an HMO plan than a referral is necessary. If you are unsure call your insurance company or our office and we would be glad to answer any questions.

Q: Is there anyway to know my insurance coverage ahead of time?

A: You can determine your insurance coverage one of two ways: Call your insurance company and ask about coverage for chiropractic or acupuncture or supply Back in Balance with a copy of your insurance card and drivers license we will check for you!

Q: Is chiropractic treatment safe? I heard they "crack" your neck?

A: Although there are always inherent risks associated with any health related treatment according to research chiropractic care is one of the safest options for treatment of musculoskeletal disease.  Our doctors are trained to evaluate each individual to determine which treatments are safe and which techniques will be most beneficial.

Q: What is the cracking news I hear/feel when I get adjusted?

A: The "cracking" or "popping" noise emanated from a joint when adjusted is perfectly normal. The noise is created because of rapid separation of gas and liquid during the adjustment. Chiropractors refer to this as "cavitation." Not all joints and areas of the body "cavitate" when adjusted but that does not mean the adjustment did not work.

Q: What is the purpose of the adjustment?

A: The doctors at Back in Balance Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center perform adjustments to correct improper alignment and motion at specific joints. Adjustments are typically performed on the spine, however, wrists, elbows,knees, ankles and other areas of the body can also be adjusted.

Q: Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?

A: Of course! Depending on the condition chiropractic care is a fantastic option for treating pediatric patients. Children are very physical active and often take part in one or more sporting pastimes during the year. This high level or physical activity and associated sports injuries can lends itself quite well to chiropractic care. The doctors at Back in Balace treatment pediatric patients on a regular basis.

Q: What type of education and training to Chiropractors have?

A: Education and training for doctors of chiropractic are amongst the most stringent for any healthcare professional. The doctor must complete undergraduate work, usually close to four years, in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology and many most obtain a bachelor's degree before beginning chiropractic medical school. After being accepted into a chiropractic program the requirements become even more demanding with most students completing the program and receiving their doctorate within 4 to 5 years. Many students also elect to take weekend seminars to further their education and treatment abilities during and after obtaining their degrees. The doctors at Back in Balance place a strong focus on continuing education and furthering the evaluation and treatment options!

Q: How long is a typical treatment plan and must a keep going after I feel better?

A: The length of a treatment plan depends on a few factors: The condition, how long the patient has had the problem, the root cause (we don't just treat symptoms) and whether the patient wants a more permanent fix or just patch work. Making lasting changes in the musculoskeletal system and nervous system takes time, similar to working out at the gym. Results, in the form of pain or symptom relief can come quickly but that does not mean the condition is gone. In order to really treat the root cause of most musculoskeletal disease treatment must extend beyond the "painful phase." Often times the doctors at Back in Balance can get a patient out of pain within 4 to 8 visits but in order to have the greatest success at preventing future flare-ups more treatments are needed.