FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

Quite the contrary. Many patients feel instant relief immediately after their treatments, and most look forward to their chiropractic appointments. Patients suffering from severe and/or chronic bouts of back or neck pain may experience some discomfort (for obvious reasons); however, for the vast majority of patients, that is not the case.

Are chiropractic adjustments dangerous?

Chiropractic adjustments (performed by licensed chiropractors)are extremely safe and are among the safest treatments for most back and neck problems. In fact, you are a hundred times more likely to suffer an adverse reaction to taking an aspirin than you are from a chiropractic adjustment!

This will be my first appointment. Is there a way to get all of the paperwork handled before I come in?

Absolutely! You can save yourself a lot of time on your first visit by using our convenient online system. We are going to need your paperwork filled out before our doctors can sit down with you, and doing it at your convenience is so much better than spending time doing it here in the office. Just click the location where you’ve scheduled your appointment and we’ll direct you to the web page where you can fill out all your paperwork:

  • West Palm Beach
  • Delray Beach
  • Port St. Lucie

I know doctors have lots of training. How much training do chiropractors have?

The training and education endured by chiropractors is extremely thorough and demanding, similar to that of medical doctors with the exception of pharmacology and surgery.

Prior to entering Chiropractic College, the aspiring chiropractor requires 4 years of premed undergraduate studies. Once completed, the student must next complete 4-5 academic years of studies at a chiropractic college. This includes extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, radiology, differential diagnosis, chiropractic adjustive techniques, biomechanics, and other health-related studies.

In addition, prior to graduation each student must successfully complete several hundred clinical hours of “real” patient management in a clinical setting under professional supervision. Most chiropractic colleges also require students to partake in clinical externship programs which place them in actual chiropractic offices, further enhancing their clinical practice skills.

 

Near or soon after graduation, the new doctors of chiropractic must successfully complete rigorous National and State Board examinations prior to obtaining a license to practice chiropractic. Once licensed, most states require that chiropractors receive annual continuing education to ensure that a high level of competency is maintained.

The difference between chiropractors and medical doctors has to do with how they treat the human body. Where medical doctors rely on external chemical compounds to treat ailments, chiropractors focus on the structurally correcting the internal conditions, which causes the ailments.

What is the main difference between chiropractors and medical doctors, when it comes to addressing pain?

The most important difference between chiropractors and medical doctors has to do with how each treats the human body. Where medical doctors rely on external chemical compounds to treat ailments, chiropractors focus on the structurally correcting the internal conditions, which are the source your ailment(s).

Is it true that cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis?

Research has actually shown that individuals who habitually “crack” their knuckles over their lifetime actually lower the incidence of arthritis in their knuckles compared with those who do not. Researchers believe the knuckle “cracking” increases joint nutrition and maintains joint motion, both of which are essential for a healthy joint.

Speaking of cracking, what is the cracking noise you sometimes hear during a chiropractic adjustment?

It is common for gas to form between joints. When those joints are adjusted, to increase range of motion, the gases can be quickly released, creating a popping sound. Referring back to the question above, this is why you cannot repeatedly crack the same knuckles…at least not until the gases dissolve back into the synovial fluid between the joint (which typically takes about 20 minutes).