Frequently Asked Questions in Greenville

Find the answers below to the most frequently asked questions about chiropractors in Greenville. Having the answers to these key questions can help you choose the right Greenville chiropractor for you. If you don't see the answer below to a question you have, reach out to Chiropractic Health Center at (864) 516-8917 and our team can help!

What is a chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a licensed doctor of chiropractic who has finished all the necessary educational training and chiropractic board of examiners license requirements, to be able to properly diagnose and treat conditions within the scope of chiropractic care practice. Before you choose a chiropractor it is important to check with the state licensing board for active chiropractor license.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is about diagnosing, finding the root cause, or the multidimensional factors that are affecting a given patient’s condition. The diagnosis process is done by consultation, face to face discussion with a patient about his or her condition, physical examination, additional tests such as imaging, diagnosis impression conclusion, and treatment plan. The hallmark of chiropractic care is the chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy modalities, as well as engaging patients in active care, exercise rehabilitation.


Are chiropractors doctors?

A license chiropractor is consider to be a doctor of chiropractic. A doctor of chiropractic is not a medical doctor or osteopathic doctor.

What is the history of chiropractic?

D.D. Palmer created the science and practice of chiropractic in 1895. D.D. Palmer recognized that the flow of energy through the nervous system is critical to health. His focus was the relationship of the spinal vertebral column relationship to spinal nerves which provide information to the body and from the body to the central nervous system, spinal cord and brain. He developed skills to assess and treat the flow of information by adjusting the spinal column tensions and pressures abnormality to restore a state of optimal health.

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor evaluate a given health problem and overall health. The goal of the evaluation process is to come to a diagnosis impression, conclusion. The cause for a symptom, condition. A chiropractor treat according to chiropractic scope of practice, which emphasizes the relationship between structure and function of human body. A chiropractor aim to restore balance were imbalances present.
A chiropractor uses adjustments-specific manipulation techniques as well as multiple therapeutic modalities such as spinal disc decompression therapy, ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, electro-therapy stimulation modalities, pulse PEMF therapy, and active care physical rehabilitation modalities. To improve physical functional capacity, improve overall health, and of course reduce symptoms-pain.


Are chiropractors useful?

A chiropractor can be very useful for skeletal, muscles, nerves, joints, and abnormal posture conditions. A chiropractor is useful to diagnose and treat injuries to spine, joints, and improve overall physical function. A chiropractor is trained to diagnose and treat conditions based on subjective and objective findings.


Does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic work in many cases were the symptoms, objective findings, and diagnosis are within the chiropractic scope of practice. The success of chiropractic outcome also depends on the patient overall health, willingness to follow clinical recommendation, and severity of a given condition. For example, chiropractic care has great outcome with spinal related problems, such as neck and back problems. Chiropractic care has great success treating patient after car accidents, work accidents, personal accidents, and sports injuries.

Are chiropractors safe?

Chiropractic care is relatively safe with rare adverse outcome. To maintain high level of safety, it is very important that patients will disclose all health history, past and present. It is also important to make sure that the chiropractor that you go to will consult, examine, and perform additional diagnostic tests if clinically necessary. Prior to initiation of care. It is extremely important to inform the chiropractor if you have a history of stroke, heart problems, osteoporosis, artificial joints (replacement), pregnant, etc

Are there chiropractic adjustment side effects?

Most chiropractic adjustment are very safe with very rare cases of soft tissue disruption tear, post adjustments muscles reaction spasm, post adjustments fracture, post adjustment stroke TIA. There is nothing in life as well as any health care intervention that is 100 percent safe for all people and all instances. In short, chiropractic intervention is extremely safe compared to most invasive medical interventions.


How many chiropractic sessions do you need?

That is depend on the severity of you condition, contributing or complicating factors, age, other health problems, and if the condition is acute or chronic. The cause of most joints problems is multidimensional and what dictate the type of intervention and number of sessions depends of the subjective, objective findings, diagnosis, and prognosis. This should be tailored, customized to the individual condition. “One size fits all approach” is not recommended.


How much does a chiropractic care cost?

That is depend on the procedures necessary to improve a given condition, number of sessions, and duration of care. Don’t expect to have a care plan price over the phone before the chiropractor got a chance to evaluate your condition. Chiropractors just like dentists or a medical doctors can’t recommend care and disclose cost without knowing what is your diagnosis first. Care should be customized to individual needs and based on subjective and objective evidence. Once the chiropractor is done with consultation, examination, and care plan is reviewed. Now is the time for all cost and scheduling recommendation to be disclosed verbally and in writing with a patient. If you have insurance that covers some to the cost, make sure that the chiropractic office check your benefits and disclose to you the portion of cost that you are responsible to pay (deductible-allowed amount, co-pay, co-insurance). Recommendation of clinically necessary care should never be based on your insurance policy benefits but based on evidence based findings and nature of your condition.


Why should you choose your office?

We cut no corners in our approach to patients care. When you first come to our office you will complete the necessary paper work, the doctor will evaluate the paper work, consultation, detail physical examination, and x-rays (to see is to know) if clinically necessary. The doctor will evaluate all the initial visit information and come to a diagnosis conclusion (condition and it’s cause). Based on clinical evidence the chiropractor will recommend care plan that will be reviewed with a patient. Office staff will go over recommended schedule of care, cost, and payment options. After that treatment can start. We have state of the art chiropractic practice facility. We adhere to evidence based care in a professional setting. “Outside the box” approach to multidimensional complex musculoskeletal problems, and physical limitation. If clinically necessary we will refer a patient to additional diagnostic testing such as MRI or diagnostic ultrasound. We offer many therapeutic modalities and customized care to patient’s unique physical condition and health goals. Our chiropractic practice greatly value the importance of good communication and transparency. Our top priority is the improvement of your health, physical ability.


How can I find a chiropractor near me?

Ask for recommendation from people that you know who have been to chiropractic care. Do Google search. During your search, make sure that the chiropractic office that you are considering provides consultation, physical examination, and has the ability to take x-rays if clinically necessary, prior to initiation of care. Confirm that the chiropractor will explains you the cause of your symptoms, condition, necessary care, scheduling recommendation, and cost of care. Choose a chiropractor based on quality of care, multiple treatment modalities options, years of experience, and not just based on cost. After all, it is all about good outcome for your condition.


What are common chiropractic techniques?

There are many different chiropractic adjustments techniques: hands on, hands on with table drop, high force, low force, and instruments. A chiropractor may also apply physical therapy modalities such as different forms of electrical stimulation therapy, laser therapy, disc decompression therapy, ultrasound therapy, pulse PEMF therapy, exercise rehabilitation techniques, to improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance.


What does a chiropractor treat?

Mostly conditions of joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves. Common conditions and symptoms are neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, elbow wrist hand pain, mid and lower back pain, hip knee, ankle, and foot pain and physical limitations. A chiropractor treats acute and chronic conditions. Car accident injuries, work injuries, sports injuries, personal injuries. Other conditions are fibromyalgia, scoliosis, poor posture, degenerative disc, bulge or herniated disc, sciatica nerve impingement, joints dysfunction misalignment, etc.


How do chiropractors relieve pain from injuries or accidents?

To relieve pain. First, consultation, physical examination, and additional clinically necessary diagnostic tests such as x-rays. Second, the chiropractor will be able to come up with the appropriate diagnostic impression. Third, the chiropractor will be able to create a customized care plan for injuries and pain.

A chiropractor will commonly use chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy modalities such as electronic therapy modalities, laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, disc decompression therapy, joint mobilization, pulse PEMF, and physical rehab exercises. This should address pain relief, inflammation, improve circulation, tissue regeneration, improve strength, improve balance, and overall function.


What other conditions can be treated by chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care commonly treat the following conditions and their cause: neck pain, mid back pain, lower back pain, upper extremities shoulder elbow wrist and hand dysfunction and pain, lower extremities hip knee ankle foot dysfunction and pain. Headaches, fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, spinal disc bulge or herniation, sciatica, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, plantar fasciae syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder impingement syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, scoliosis, abnormal posture. Chiropractic care may also improve joints ranges of motion, balance, joints stability, improve circulation, improve strength, reduce acute or chronic inflammation, and improve overall physical functional capacity. Results may vary based on many factors, some of which depends on severity of condition, age, overall health status, prior health history, life style, etc…


Can I get chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Yes, you can get chiropractic care during pregnancy, however, x-ray, laser therapy, pulse PEMF, electro therapeutic modalities are considered contraindication during pregnancy period. Chiropractic adjustments and prenatal massage can be performed unless medically indicated otherwise.


How does a chiropractor help lower back pain?

First, proper diagnosis of the cause of a lower back pain condition. In many cases, the cause is multidimensional. Than, the appropriate intervention will be recommended. Chiropractic adjustments, electronic therapeutic modalities, Summus Medical Laset therapy, Pulse PEMF therapy, spinal disc decompression therapy, ultrasound therapy, strength conditioning rehab protocols, massage therapy, and nutritional consulting. These are all care options that we offer at the Chiropractic Health Center Greenville SC.


How does chiropractic care help neck pain?

First, proper diagnosis of the cause of a lower back pain condition. In many cases, the cause is multidimensional. Than, the appropriate intervention will be recommended. Chiropractic adjustments, electronic therapeutic modalities, Summus Medical Laset therapy, Pulse PEMF therapy, spinal disc decompression therapy, ultrasound therapy, strength conditioning rehab protocols, massage therapy, and nutritional consulting. These are all care options that we offer at the Chiropractic Health Center Greenville SC.

How does a chiropractor help sciatica?

First, proper diagnosis of the cause of a lower back pain condition. In many cases, the cause is multidimensional. Than, the appropriate intervention will be recommended. Chiropractic adjustments, electronic therapeutic modalities, Summus Medical Laset therapy, Pulse PEMF therapy, spinal disc decompression therapy, ultrasound therapy, strength conditioning rehab protocols, massage therapy, and nutritional consulting. These are all care options that we offer at the Chiropractic Health Center Greenville SC.

What types of pain do chiropractors treat?

Mostly neck pain, mid back pain, lower back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, hand pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, foot pain, arthritis pain, inflammation related pain, sprain strain related pain, headaches, conditions causing numbness tingling muscles spasm.

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

Most adjustments don’t hurt. Many patients report immediate relief and improved mobility. In rare cases a patient may feel sore, discomfort, or pain after chiropractic adjustments. This may be due to the severity of a patient condition, inability of the patient to relax his or her muscles, or inappropriate application of an adjustment to a physical condition. This can happen with high force hands on adjustments and not likely with light instrument adjustments device.

Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?

The popping sound comes from change of air and fluid pressure inside the joint. This sound doesn’t come from the bone. The goal of an adjustment is not to make the noise but to improve the joint position and ability to move, improve range of motion. It is a by product of the pressure gradient change with movement and change of position.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

Not all patient adjusted the same way. Just like in medicine, not all patients need the same prescription. The application of the adjustment needs to be done based on physical exam evidence based. Age, underlying conditions, contraindication factors, patient preference and tolerance, severity of condition are all determining factors of what is the best adjustments technique for a given patient condition. There are many different techniques and it is best for the chiropractor to be transparent with a patient prior to customization of adjustments application.

Will chiropractic adjustments completely remove back pain?

In some cases chiropractic adjustments can completely remove back pain and in some cases it will not.
Just like any health care intervention not all conditions, symptoms will get the same outcome.
The key to remove back pain is to find the cause and treat the cause and not just the symptoms. Most back pain cases have multidimensional cause, and may need more than just chiropractic adjustment for long term resolution of back pain.

Can I learn to adjust myself?

The chiropractic adjustment is passive application to a patient body. The self can’t apply force the same way when you use your own muscles to initiate movement. Also, the chiropractor can apply a specific force to a specific joint and the self can’t duplicate that, especially when it comes to spinal joints. It is not recommended to adjust the self, just like you would not treat your own teeth problem when a dentist care is indicated.

Will I be required to remove my clothing at any appointment?

In general, no. Except, if x-rays are necessary. In that case, most clothes can remain on, except any clothing with metal and covering gown will be provided. Full privacy for changing is always provided. In any case, patients will always be covered.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, and if clinically necessary based on evaluation and evidence based findings. Not all children’s physical conditions are appropriate for chiropractic treatment.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

  • Four years of undergraduate degree from accredited college or university.
  • Four years of accredited chiropractic college, university.
  • National board of Chiropractic Examiners.
  • Chiropractic State licensing board training requirements for periodic license renewal. 
  • Many chiropractors do have additional specialty training, such as chiropractic neurology diplomat, chiropractic orthopedic diplomat, etc...

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Chiropractic Health Center

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Greenville, SC 29615

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