Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ’s about Chiropractic Care
Got a question about chiropractic care or how it could help you? Listed below are the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) that we have received in over 30 years of practice.
If you have any other questions please contact us and we will get back to you with the answer.
What happens when I go to the chiropractor?
Is chiropractic care safe?
Chiropractors are highly specialised professionals who have undergone an extensive five-year university training program on how to deliver safe and effective care.
In terms of statistics, there is approximately a one in five million chance that spinal manipulation of the neck may be associated with damage (major or minor) to the blood supply of the brain.
The purpose of our physical examination is to assess your condition so that we choose the most appropriate technique for you. We believe that our expertise and experience enables us to provide the safest possible care
Do I have a slipped disc?
The disc is a soft pulpy “shock absorber” located between the two vertebra. It has a fibrous outer ring which holds in a jelly-like material. A “slipped disc“ is a common way to refer to a wide variety of disc problems. However, a disc can’t slip because of the way it attaches to the spinal bones above and below it. A disc can bulge,tear, herniate, thin,dry out and it can collapse. It definitely can’t “slip out of place”. Find out more detailed information about disc problems.
Do I have a pinched nerve?
This is a common misconception. Low back pain or neck pain may feel as if something is “pinched” however this is rarely the case. The likely scenario is that there is a mechanical cause of the pain such as a joint strain or swelling in region of the joint which can be helped with chiropractic care. This is why an accurate diagnosis is so important before.
Do I need a medical referral?
No. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners. You can contact us directly for an appointment.
Do I need x-rays?
At your examination your chiropractor will determine if x-rays are required. If x-rays are necessary, you will be given a referral to have them taken at a nearby location. These costs are covered by Medicare. If you have any spinal x-rays bring them with you on your first visit as this may mean that additional x-rays are not required.
What is the popping sound?
Some adjusting methods can produce a popping sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It’s much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound isn’t a guide to the quality or need of the adjustment It is a common misconception that the noise is bones going back in place or rubbing on each other, this is definitely false!
Does it hurt to get adjusted?
An adjustment is not normally painful. In some cases, mild soreness to the area adjusted may follow. This is typically a normal part of the healing process where an area of the spine has been rersticted for a long period is now moving better.
How many adjustments will I need?
Every patient is individually assessed and a customised management plan is given depending on your diagnosis and your health goals. Some patients require initial intensive treatment over many weeks, followed by rehabilitation and then maintenance adjustments, whereas others may only require a short course of adjustments to resolve their problems.
How long until I feel better?
Whilst some patients experience almost instant relief nearly all patients are feeling better in one to two weeks. There are many factors that affect your rate of healing such as your age, the type of injury, your general health and how long you have had the problem. Every person is different and so rates of healing will differ.
Will I have to go to a chiropractor forever?
During your visits you’ll be presented with information regarding the objectives of each phase of care and the optimum type and duration of care needed to achieve these results. Once you have this information it is your decision to choose the type of care you require. How long you go to a chiropractor is always your choice and depends entirely on your personal goals for your health.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Some people can make their joints “pop,” but that’s not an adjustment! Cracking your spine is not the same as having your chiropractor assess your spine and specifically adjust selected joints. Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are so specific even your chiropractor can’t adjust themself.
Is it ok to see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Many pregnant mums, recently birthed mums and babies receive chiropractic care. Mothers often find that chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy improve their back pain, help prepare them for childbirth and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Our adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health to provide the most suitable care.
Will osteoporosis prevent me from getting chiropractic care?
No. We treat many patients who suffer from osteoporosis. Indeed, regular chiropractic care may help to protect patients from falls (and therefore osteoporotic fractures) by optimizing joint mobility, range of motion, balance and muscle tone. To correct spinal problems with patients suffering from osteoporosis we use specific low force techniques that allow for the brittleness and fragility of the bones
Are chiropractic adjustments safe for children?
Learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can potentially cause spinal health related problems. While a bandage, some comforting words and hugs can help the bruises, often damage to spine function is not detected. Sometimes childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” can also be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic check-ups for children may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are always modified to a child’s spine.
Can I tell if my spine is working properly?
Unfortunately, you can’t. Whilst spinal problems will eventually cause many symptoms, they can often be present and undetected for a long time. This is why we recommend periodic chiropractic check-ups to detect and correct spinal changes for patients that are not experiencing any symptoms.
What if getting my neck treated makes me nervous?
There are many techniques that do not involve “manipulation” that we can use to correct neck problems. We will only include neck adjustments in your treatment if there is an objective clinical reason for doing so. We don’t include neck adjustments in your treatment if there are any indications that you would be at risk. Talk to us about your concerns.
Can I have chiropractic care after spinal surgery?
Yes. We treat many patients who have had spinal surgery. Specific types of treatment are designed that avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine and correct and maintain the rest of your spinal function.
Is chiropractic care covered by Medicare?
Under Medicare’s Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program patients are able to be covered for up to five chiropractic visits per year. Patients must be referred by their GP. Feel free to speak to us further about this option.
Is Chiropractic Care covered by Workers Compensation and Veterans Affairs?
Patients with a Work Cover injury first need to see their GP and get a referral to the chiropractor. In addition, your supervisor at work needs to lodge the necessary papers concerning the injury, along with the referral to Work Cover. Work Cover will assess the claim and if accepted will allot a ‘Claim Number’. When the claim number is available your chiropractor can forward the cost of your visits directly to Work Cover.
Veterans wishing to see a Chiropractor also need a referral from their GP; this referral is valid for 12 months, after which time a new one is required. At the first appointment we also need to take details from your Vet Card. After each visit you are required to sign the treatment form and the account is sent directly to Veterans Affairs for payment.
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