1. What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the most popular form of alternative healthcare in the United States. Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your entire body is controlled by your nervous system. When spinal or extremity (arm or leg) joints stop moving correctly, they can irritate nerves and tissues in the area, causing pain and other health problems. Chiropractors are trained to detect these dysfunctional joints, also known as subluxations, and to correct them with adjustments. Modern Chiropractic care encompasses more than correcting dysfunctional joints.
2. What causes dysfunctional joints or segmental dysfunction?
With 132 joints in your spine alone, many activities and factors in your life can cause joints to become irritated and dysfunctional. Some common causes include injuries, motor vehicle accidents, stress, repetitive motions, poor posture, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, inadequate rest, and poor form during exercise.
3. What is an adjustment?
The Chiropractic adjustment, known in scientific literature as spinal manipulation, is a procedure in which a specific force is applied at a precise location and direction to a joint that is restricted, or not moving properly. The purpose of an adjustment is to restore normal joint motion, which often results in decreased pain, improved nervous system function, and improved health. Dr. Underwood is able to modify his adjustments to make them safe and effective for patients of any age and size.
4. What type of education do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?
Following undergraduate studies, Chiropractic training is a four-year postgraduate program. Chiropractic education includes coursework in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, pathology, nutrition, public health, general and neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis, research methods and procedures, and principles and practice of Chiropractic. A clinic at the school gives students experience caring for other students and patients from the general community. Chiropractic education is usually completed with an internship under the supervision of a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic. National Board examinations must be passed before a chiropractor is licensed. Continuing postdoctoral education is required to maintain current licensure and keep abreast of the current scientific literature.
5. How long will I need Chiropractic care?
Dr. Underwood will make a unique plan of care for each patient after reviewing the findings from their history, examination, and X-rays or other imaging studies. Initial care is usually intensive with 2 to 4 visits per week with the goal of getting patients out of pain, stable, and back to normal functional status as soon as possible. How long intensive care lasts varies depending on each individual patient’s general health and physical fitness, severity of condition, and response to care. Reexaminations are performed at regular intervals during care to determine whether each patient is responding properly, or if the plan should be modified. After pain is relieved and the soft tissues are stabilizing, maintenance visits may be necessary to maintain the correction and avoid condition flare-ups. Similar to regular checkups to the dentist, many patients choose to come in for wellness Chiropractic checkups even when they are experiencing no symptoms. In the end, how long you benefit from Chiropractic care is your personal decision.
6. How much does it cost?
The cost of an initial examination is approximately $75. The cost of an adjustment is around $35. Other services used to treat your condition vary in cost. However, different insurances all cover different amounts, and we are able to offer a discount if fees are paid at the time of service. For that reason, the expected cost of your care will be discussed after your insurance coverage has been verified by the office staff. It should be noted that a verification of benefits, is NOT a guarantee of benefits.
7. Do you accept insurance?
Yes! Most insurance plans include chiropractic care. We will be happy to verify your insurance benefits before your first visit. We will file your insurance claims for you and await payment from your insurance company. At the time of service, you will be charged your co-pay and all other fees not covered by insurance. Please call the office for more information and to determine if Underwood Chiropractic is in network with your insurance provider.
At Underwood Chiropractic, we realize that dealing with insurance companies can be time-consuming, confusing, and stressful. We make every attempt to make this process as easy as possible for you, so that you can focus on getting well again. If your policy does not cover Chiropractic, call us to find out how we can help make Chiropractic care feasible for you.