Will I always have to go to the chiropractor?
A common reason that people are hesitant to go to the chiropractor is they are worried that they will have to keep going for the rest of their life. Honestly, I’m not sure if that is because they are worried they will become addicted to it, or that they might be coaxed into signing up for an expensive, long term care plan. When I get asked by a potential patient if they will have to keep being adjusted for life once they start coming in, my short answer is, NO. My long answer is this: Chiropractic care is not a quick fix. Your pain may have started yesterday, but the truth is that your pain is likely a result of years of stress to your joints. That often can’t be fixed in one visit. If I determine your injury can be treated with chiropractic care, I will prescribe a series of treatments to get you back to health. Once you are out of pain and functioning well, I will give you a choice. You can come back only if/when the pain returns, or you can come in on a regular basis to maintain healthy function of your spine. I receive regular adjustments, and I adjust my family regularly. This is also what I recommend to each of my patients, but the decision is always yours to make. We will never use any high pressure sales tactics to sign you up for long term care plans. That I can promise. What I can’t promise is that you won’t become addicted to the amazingness of chiropractic adjustments!
In the clinic I often find myself addressing the question of the safety of chiropractic adjustments. A common concern from some of our new patients is that they are hesitant to have their spine “cracked.” While I cringe whenever someone calls it that, it is a valid concern. Chiropractic treatment typically involves the chiropractor applying force into joints of the spine and/or extremities to correct malpositions and to help them move better. Due to the force used, there is some inherent potential risk involved. The potential for serious complications, however, is very low. When you compare chiropractic care to other interventions, even over the counter pain medications, the potential benefit typically far outweighs the risks. That being said, every patient is unique and some may have a greater risk of complications from being adjusted than others. For that reason, chiropractors are trained as primary care providers and are able to identify certain risk factors by doing a thorough examination before applying any treatment. If you are considering chiropractic treatment in Beaverton, OR, see Dr. Thompson’s video below about the safety of chiropractic adjustments. Contact us if you have any additional questions or would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Thompson.
Today’s question is, what happens on my first chiropractic visit at Catalyst? This is a good question because our first visit is a bit different than the rest, and takes a little bit longer.
As a chiropractor in Oregon, I am licensed as a portal of entry physician. This allows me to be able to perform my own examination, develop the proper diagnosis for your condition, and determine what the proper course of care is going to be for that condition. On your first chiropractic visit, we will have you fill out some paper work to answer some questions about your past health history, and about your current problem. Then, I will sit down with you and ask you a few more questions about those things.
At that point, we will go into our examination. This will entail taking some vitals, checking your range of motion, will do some orthopedic and neurological testing to find out what tissues might be damaged, and of course, we will do a chiropractic exam. This will involve checking for proper alignment and motion of your spine, and any extremities that might be involved.
From there, we may move into doing some x-rays. We have an x-ray suite on site, so if x-rays are necessary, we can do them right here which is convenient, because you don’t need a separate appointment at a separate facility. By doing a detailed exam on your first chiropractic visit here, we can determine what the proper course of treatment is going to be and if it is safe we can go ahead and do your first visit right there on the date of your examination.
Afterwards, we will schedule you for a follow up visit, which will be more brief, where I will sit down with you and talk about what we found on the first day. Basically what’s wrong, how we’re going to fix it, and how long that might take to fix it. Contact us to setup your first chiropractic visit at Catalyst and we’d be happy to help you get on the path to feeling better. Thank you.
Do you treat that?
Today’s frequently asked question is “Do you treat that?” This is a commonly asked question, because nobody wants to go through the hassle of making an appointment, and coming all the way down here to fill out paperwork, and go through an exam, only to find out that we can’t help them. What I would encourage you to do if you have a question about if your problem is a chiropractic problem or not, is to call the office. I would be happy to talk with you over the phone about your issue, and if I think you’re a good candidate for chiropractic care or not. You can also refer to our list of some of the most commonly treated conditions in the office on the homepage of our website at www.catalystchiroandrehab.com.
FAQ Video: Do you take my insurance?
Hi! Today’s frequently asked question is “Do you guys take my insurance?” The answer is that we are an in network provider with all of the area’s major insurance carriers. That includes Aetna, Blue Cross, Cigna, Kaiser, Moda (previously ODS), and United Health Care. I may be forgetting some, but if you have any questions about whether or not chiropractic care is a covered benefit on your plan, please give us a call, and we can verify that for you. Our number is 503-526-8782.