1. What is chiropractic? Chiropractic is a natural method of health care with the proven ability to relieve back pain, increase vitality, and promote well-being.
2. How much does it cost? Chiropractic is one of the most affordable types of health care, especially for spine-related problems. Our fees are within the standard range as determined by most insurance plans.
3. Is chiropractic covered by insurance? Yes. Almost every health insurance covers chiropractic, and we are in-network providers for most major companies. As with any insurance, individual policies vary in how much they cover, and our highly-trained insurance staff will help you find out what your policy covers.
Chiropractic is also covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury/Auto Insurance, and Workers Compensation.
4. How long will it take to get better? Depending on your condition, you may need as little as one treatment, or as much as several months of care. Each case is handled individually with specific recommendations. When appropriate, maintenance care is recommended and patients may choose that option.
5. Do I need to have X-Rays? X-ray is a good diagnostic tool, and when combined with a detailed case history and examination, it gives Dr. Vander Broek a better overall picture of the problem and helps formulate an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. X-Rays are also important in detecting pathologies or fractures. If recent X-Rays or other imaging such as MRI are available, Dr. Vander Broek will want to review those findings.
6. What type of treatments do you use? Spinal adjustments by hand are the most common treatment done in our office. For some patients, it’s appropriate to use a handheld instrument called an Activator for adjustments.
We might also recommend electromuscle stimulation, ultrasound, laser therapy, stretching or various types of traction to help you get better.
Dr. Vander Broek is a Palmer graduate and is trained in the Palmer Package/Gonstead techniques, but will choose the best technique for your condition.
7. Will it hurt? Most patients report that adjustments and the positive results “feel good”. But if you are in acute or severe pain, even touching an area may be uncomfortable in the early stages of treatment.
8. What conditions does a chiropractor treat? The most common conditions seen in our clinic are Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Leg or Arm Pain/Numbness, Headaches, and Mid-Back Pain. We also treat various sprains/strains to ankles, knees, wrists, shoulders, elbows, or hands. So in most cases, people go to chiropractors for relief from back pain. But chiropractors treat a broad range of complaints, from back and neck pain to headaches, arthritis and more. But people don’t need to have a specific complaint to benefit from a visit. Chiropractors also focus on ongoing preventive and wellness care. Chiropractic care is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the senior citizen.
9. What education is needed to become a Doctor of Chiropractic? Chiropractors complete undergraduate education prior to completing four years of chiropractic college. Chiropractic education includes classes in all the basic and clinical sciences, such as examination, lab, diagnosis, and radiology. After obtaining a diploma from an accredited chiropractic college, candidates must pass rigorous National Board Examinations and apply for licensure in their respective state.
10. Do I need to be referred by my M.D.? No. A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), or Chiropractic Physician, is a Portal of Entry health care provider. This means patients can come directly to a Chiropractor’s office without being referred by an M.D., because a D.C. is trained in examination and diagnosis. An M.D.’s referral is not required for insurance to cover chiropractic care.
However, a number of our patients are referred by their family physician, and it is always helpful to have any medical records or X-Rays available. If referred by your family physician, Dr. Vander Broek will send his records and findings to your doctor.
11. Will a chiropractor refer to an M.D.? Absolutely. Because chiropractors are trained in examination and diagnosis, if your Chiropractor finds a condition that should be seen by a medical physician, you will be advised to see your family doctor.
We also have excellent working relationships with various medical specialists such as orthopedists, neurologists, pain specialists, internists, and neurosurgeons. Your chiropractor can refer you directly to a specialist, to physical therapy, for lab work or any necessary imaging such as MRI or CT.