Facts about Chiropractors: Chiropractors receive a similar education to that of a medical doctor. They must be able to diagnosis a healthcare problem and either treat it or refer the patient out to another health care professional who can help the problem. They must be licensed and follow all the rules and regulations of their profession and those of Medicare. The chiropractic physician typically uses their hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort and does not “crack” the bones, it simply relieves the pressure put onto nerves and muscles that cause inflammation and pain.
What is the POPPING sounds I hear and is it safe? Adjustments of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved. The safety of adjustments is well documented.
What Conditions do Chiropractors treat? Chiropractors treat patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. Known primarily for treating patients with back pain, neck pain, and headaches, they also treat a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles ligament and joints. Doctors of Chiropractic also counsel on diet, nutrition, exercise and healthy habits.
How old do you have to be to see a Chiropractor: From newborns to elderly Chiropractic is safe and effective for all ages and sizes. Chiropractic tables are designed to handle a variety of body sizes and conditions. Newborns are safely held in their mother or father’s arms and are gently treated by the Chiropractor with a slight pushing to help realign the infant’s spine. This treatment often relieves such things as spitting up, fluid in ears, lack of sleeping, or some stomach issues. After only a few treatments the infants are often feeling better and don’t need further care. Elderly patients are treatment with the utmost care and consideration.
If you are pregnant can you see a Chiropractor? Spinal adjustments are safe for most pregnant women. Since most chiropractic tables have a drop piece in the middle of their adjustment tables a pregnant woman can safely and comfortably lie on it and the Chiropractor can gently adjust her spine to relieve conditions such as sciatica, neck problems, headaches and back pain often caused by pregnancy. Of course, have your obstetrician speak with the chiropractor before you start treatment.
What can you expect from Chiropractic Care? First the doctor will examine you and obtain the information needed to make a proper diagnosis. This may include an x-ray, blood pressure, and your health history. Then the doctor will talk to you about his diagnosis and what he can do for you. Some people fear going to a Chiropractor because they have heard that once you go you have to keep seeing the doctor three times a week for the rest of your life. This is not true in most cases. There are three types of care pertaining to Chiropractic.
⦁ Acute care- this is when you initially injure yourself or feel pain. Typically you will be seen several times a week for two weeks, then treatment should be reduced as you start to feel better tapering to a couple of times a month until you are out of pain.
⦁ Corrective care- If you choose this type of care you will be seen for a longer period of time until your condition is corrected and often takes several months to obtain.
⦁ Maintenance care- with this type of care you have been corrected to a point that you are maintaining a level of comfort that you can live and function with. With maintenance care you can be seen from once a week to once per month, whatever you and your doctor choose.
When looking at the risks of chiropractic care or any health care procedure it is important to look at that risk in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition. In this regard, the risks of serious complications from spinal manipulations for conditions such as neck pain and headache care are very favorably. The risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain such as: over- the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers- are significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation.
Doctors of Chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Dr. Ronald A. Michelli is a Chiropractor with over 30 years of experience. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to call and ask him or his well trained staff, they will be happy to address your concerns. 4 Weber Ave, Malverne, NY 516-599-3999