Frequently Asked Questions
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic care utilizes the innate and remarkable power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care centers around the relationship between the configuration and function of the parts of the body with range of motion. Any breakdown of those moving parts causes pain first, then damage later, and then finally, degeneration.
Chiropractors are aware of the importance and responsibility of working in conjunction and cooperation with other health care practitioners in the best interest of the patient’s overall health.
What’s the difference between a chiropractic doctor and a medical doctor?
In order to become a chiropractor, doctors of chiropractic have at least of six years of training at the collegiate level. A minimum of two of those years must be in pre-chiropractic studies at a university (similar to a Pre-Med program). Chiropractors study the same sciences as physicians, and are required to pass the same State Board of Examiners’ basic sciences exam that other doctors, including MDs, are mandated to pass.
A college of chiropractic is attended for four years, two years of which are spent as an intern at an outpatient clinic where he or she gets practical experience in both a clinical and academic setting. Chiropractors, or doctors of chiropractic (DC), are required to pass the State Board Exam in the state in which they plan on practicing. Chiropractors must also receive additional training every year.
There are other specialties in chiropractic, which require an additional three years of study at the collegiate level. For example, Dr. Webb has completed 3 years of training in orthopedics.
Do chiropractors prescribe drugs or surgical procedures?
Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs to patients, and they also don’t perform surgery. Chiropractors focus on drug-free, non-invasive procedures for restoring proper function as a way of pain relief and bringing about optimal health.
Why are consultations free?
We offer free consultations as a courtesy to our new patients. Although we feel confident that upon meeting our chiropractors, you will be pleased with the services we offer, if after your consultation with Dr. Webb or Dr. Jablonski, you no longer desire to continue with further chiropractic care, there is no charge.
Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?
You will find that the majority of insurance companies cover chiropractic care. Our staff will be glad to confirm your insurance coverage for you and make you aware of all costs associated with your chiropractic appointment before any service is performed.
Is Chiropractic Care Cost Effective?
Absolutely. The Journal for Managed Care recently published a statement, saying that, when it comes to lower back pain, chiropractic care was more cost effective than conventional medical therapy.
Regardless of who is at fault in a car accident, the responsible insurance company almost always will cover 100 % of the cost of chiropractic care for the accident victim. It may even be possible to defer payments for your chiropractic care treatment until after the insurance company settles your case – be sure to ask your insurance company for details.
Chiropractic care is covered by Workers Comp, if you are injured on the job. Numerous studies have proven that most work-related injuries, particularly lower back injuries, respond much more quickly with chiropractic care than with any other type of treatment. If you are unsure if your insurance company will cover treatment by Webb Chiropractic, our staff can contact your insurance provider.
What if I don’t have insurance or if my insurance company offers little, or no chiropractic coverage?
Webb Chiropractic provides affordable, no-interest payment plans for our patients. We will provide you a written plan which details the cost and recommended length of your chiropractic care; it will also explain various payment options which are available.
No one else has helped me. Why should I believe that a chiropractic doctor could?
Chiropractors see the human body in unique way. Chiropractors are trained to treat joint dysfunction. If one or more of the twenty-four vertebrae of your spine are misaligned, this can potentially irritate the nerves of your spine. This can result in impairment of your nervous system, causing pain – and can also make you susceptible to a wide number of diseases. Spinal misalignment can be the cause of many ailments – and only chiropractic care will improve your condition.
How long does the initial examination take?
Your initial visit at Webb Chiropractic will take approximately 45 minutes. Please allow 20-30 minutes more if x-rays or any other diagnostic procedures are necessary.
Does the examination hurt?
No, the exam is nearly painless. You are coming to Webb Chiropractic likely because you are in pain, and we certainly do not want to add to it. In fact, we will likely relieve your pain during the exam. Because our chiropractors are trained to identify and diagnose spinal joint dysfunction and disorders associated with it, we can usually analyze your condition without invasive or harsh treatment.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle, specific movement of part of the body in order to correct misalignments. An adjustment will restore proper function of the moving parts of the spine, and consequently, reduce or eliminate pain.
What causes the “cracking” or “popping” sounds that sometimes occur?
It’s not your spine making the cracking noise. Similar to the sound made when you crack your knuckles, the popping sound is caused by the release of the vacuum inside the joint space. It is completely harmless. Dr. Webb and Dr. Jablonski utilize several gentle techniques to ensure that your treatment is at the optimum comfort level for you. After your vertebrae are back in their proper position, you will feel much less pain and tension.
Is chiropractic care safe?
Absolutely. It is proven that chiropractic care is one of the safest types of healthcare available. To give you an idea of chiropractic’s safety and reliability, compare the malpractice premiums paid by chiropractors to those paid by MDs. Chiropractors pay only five percent of what medical doctors pay in malpractice premiums.
What are spinal misalignments (subluxations)?
Any of the twenty-four vertebrae or other joints of the body, like the jaw, ankle, knee, or hip, can easily become misaligned. When this occurs, the motion of the mobile joints of the body is impaired and can potentially interfere with your nerves. This causes pain as well as accelerated degeneration, commonly known as arthritis. Your body’s ability to heal itself is affected, as well.
Should I continue chiropractic care if I don’t have any symptoms and I feel better?
No question. This is like asking whether or not you should do preventative maintenance on your car or wait for it to break down – and remember, you can always buy a new car. This is the only body you get!
Your spine is constantly being subjected to stresses, over and over again. Many people think of seeing a chiropractor only after a large injury that can cause permanent damage, such as a fall or car accident. However, it’s important to remember that small motions preformed repetitively, day after day, or even a bad mattress, can adversely affect the spine daily.
Even after treatment relieves your pain, there may be unstable areas in your spine, and perfmament damage can occur if chiropractic care is not maintained. Just as it’s critical for you to visit the dentist at regular intervals, even if you are not in pain, it is also important to visit the chiropractor on a periodic basis. The frequency of your visits is dependent upon on your general health and your daily physical stressors.