Frequently Asked Questions
What Will Happen During my Initial Visit?
First, you will complete some health history forms and meet Dr. Lambert. Your initial visit will include a review of your health history as well as an examination to assess orthopedic and neurological problems. If needed, x-rays or other diagnostic tests will be performed. We will then develop a personalized treatment plan designed to help you regain your health. If we don't feel that your condition will respond to chiropractic care, we will refer you to the appropriate specialist.
Can anyone view my information besides Dr. Lambert?
Dr. Lambert may designate an authorized employee to view your records. Otherwise, your information is protected by the Health Information Privacy Act (HIPAA), and it may not be viewed by anyone else without your express consent.
Will you explain my condition ?
Yes. We will review your diagnosis with you, so that you understand your condition. We feel this allows you to become more informed and involved in controlling your own health.
What will happen if I keep playing on an injury?
You can make an injury worse or cause increase in symptoms that make it impossible to play effectively. In some cases, playing with an injury will not make that particular injury worse. However, playing with an injury will significantly increase your risk of injuring something else. By favoring an injury, other anatomical structures around the original injury will be under increased stress. Also, favoring an injury will place other body parts at risk.
How long will therapy take?
The length of your treatment will depend upon a number of factors, including the length of time you have experienced your problem, your general health, your exercise habits, the nature of your work and/or daily activities, and your level of commitment to getting well. The average first visit usually take one hour.
Treatment may range from a couple visits for a simple condition to several months of visits for a more complicated case. Our clinic average is 5 visits before a complete resolvement. Our goal is to help you get well as quickly as possible, then give you tools and information to help you manage your condition on your own. The extent to which a patient can benefit from care varies depending on their problem and how long it has existed.
Is chiropractic care effective and safe?
Yes. Many controlled and independent research studies indicate that chiropractic care is an effective and safe method of care for low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions relating to the spine. A recent Canadian report supported the safety, effectiveness, and scientific validity of chiropractic. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has also endorsed chiropractic services. And chiropractic services were shown to be effective in an issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
In terms of cost-effectiveness, studies show that chiropractic care lowers health care costs by decreasing the use of expensive technology and inpatient services. Chiropractic also provides higher patient satisfaction than other types of care. Based on these scientific studies, the consensus is that chiropractic care is the treatment of choice for most spinal problems.
Does it hurt?
We make every attempt to use procedures that are as gentle as possible. Most patients are relieved at how comfortable our treatments are. Any discomfort is usually temporary, lasting only seconds or minutes. We are proud of our reputation for gentle care. This is the reason why our patients continue to refer their friends and family members to our clinic.
What is the noise I hear during manipulation?
When your spine is manipulated, tiny air bubbles in the fluid inside your joints “pop”. This is normal and is similar to the sound you can make when cracking your knuckles.
Will my condition return?
Research suggests that 50% to 70% of all patients will see the problem return. However, in years of experience, we have found that whether a problem returns is often within the patient's control. When patients faithfully perform their exercises and modify previously detrimental lifestyles and work activities, the likelihood of reoccurrence is drastically reduced. Patients play an active part in healing their condition and preventing the likelihood reoccurrence.
Can I just treat myself?
A chiropractor studies for 4 years past an undergraduate degree to understand when, where and how to deliver manipulative therapy to a patient. The more important question is whether the person is addressing the problem? When I person gives a self adjustment they are not addressing the right area making a chronic hypermobile joint. Even Chiropractor's don't give an adjustment to themselves because positioning is impossible.
Can you treat children?
Musculosketal care is not dependent upon age. Research has shown that many children experience back and neck pain. Although their tissues are generally resilient, many children need chiropractic care to restore normal function or alleviate pain from injuries.
Am I Too Old for Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic treatment is for people of all ages, including senior citizens. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, chiropractic care is more important than ever for the aging population. Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvement in arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments associated with aging.
I have heard that once you start going to a chiropractor, you never stop.
Many chiropractors recommend continuing “maintenance care”. But researchers have not been able to demonstrate the benefit of seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis once a condition is stabilized or resolved. Therefore, we generally do not encourage additional treatment beyond the point of maximum improvement. We do, however, recommend an annual examination in order to detect early changes in your spinal health. Additionally, we encourage you to come in if you sense an old problem returning or a new condition developing. Obviously, the earlier we begin treating a problem, the sooner you will experience relief.
Is chiropractic recognized by government agencies?
Chiropractic is recognized by governmental health care programs. Chiropractic is included in Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employees Health Care Benefits Programs, Federal Workers' Compensation and all state workers' compensation programs. Chiropractic students are qualified to receive federal student loan assistance and DCs are authorized to be commissioned as health care officers treating Congress members and military personal.
Does chiropractic treat any other problems except back problems?
The doctor of chiropractic is an effective source of preventative and wellness care. The anatomical focus of the DC on the human spine has created the perception of the DC as just a "back doctor." Although this perception is not entirely incorrect, it is very much incomplete. Doctors of chiropractic are a highly appropriate resource in matters of work-place safety, stress management, injury prevention, postural correction and nutritional counseling. Chiropractors provide effective treatment for all types of soft tissue disorders and not just back and neck ailments. This includes conditions of the joints of the extremities like the ankle, knee and shoulder.