- Will my doctor approve?
- My pain comes and goes but it doesn’t hurt now… should I still attend my appointment?
- Who can be treated?
- Is treatment suitable even though I have had previous surgery?
- Is treatment suitable during pregnancy?
- How soon will I feel better?
- How many sessions will I need?
- How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
- Is treatment safe?
- Is the treatment painful?
Will my doctor approve?
Increasingly, GPs are recognising chiropractic as an effective treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. You do not need a GPs referral to visit a chiropractor, although some may recommend patients for chiropractic care.
My pain comes and goes but it doesn’t hurt now… should I still attend my appointment?
The site of pain is often felt away from the source of the problem, therefore just because your pain is not there, it does not mean the underlying problem has gone, especially if your pain is intermittent. Chiropractors are trained to identify the source of the problem through palpation (using hands to examine the body) and orthopaedic testing, irrespective of your pain being present.
Who can be treated?
Everyone from babies to older populations can benefit from chiropractic treatment. Children are treated in the presence of a parent or guardian, whilst due care is taken with elderly patients. Underlying musculoskeletal conditions and medication can affect what treatment is appropriate so it is important to provide as much information as possible at your initial consultation.
Is treatment suitable even though I have had previous surgery?
Of course this depends on the surgery, but in most cases the answer is yes. Ensure that you state any surgery you have had on your new patient questionnaire and when your chiropractor asks you about your past medical history. Your chiropractor will discuss any questions or concerns with you before you receive any treatment.
Is treatment suitable during pregnancy?
Back pain is very common during pregnancy. With modified treatment positions it is both safe and effective to have chiropractic treatment throughout the term of your pregnancy, making it more comfortable and enjoyable.
How soon will I feel better?
Many patients report feeling more mobile and a sense of increased well-being immediately after treatment. There are exceptions and it is possible that your pain will ‘get worse before it gets better’. If chiropractic care is going to be successful for you, you should expect to start feeling improvement within a few weeks.
How many sessions will I need?
The frequency and duration of treatments depend on you, your condition and how it responds to treatment. Typically a course of treatment will start with an intensive phase, generally twice a week for 2 – 4 weeks.
The second phase of treatment is much less intensive and is used to establish how long the effects of a treatment last whilst undergoing the stresses and strains of your daily lifestyle.
Chiropractors do not ‘cure’ back pain. Although they treat and can eliminate the source of your pain, the underlying cause and contributing factors often remain, and maintenance chiropractic care is advised in order to prevent a relapse.
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
At North End Chiropractic Clinic we strive to ensure same-day appointments can be offered, as well as offering appointments later in the day. Where a same-day appointment cannot be arranged we will do our utmost to see you as soon as possible, usually next day.
Is treatment safe?
Chiropractic is remarkably safe when carried out by a suitably qualified practitioner. Your chiropractor will, of course discuss any risks of your treatment with you, and will be happy answer any questions or concerns you have.
Is the treatment painful?
No. Treatment techniques are chosen for each patient, taking into account individual anxiety as well as the condition and its state of progress. Occasionally, following treatment of a chronic or severe problem, patients may experience mild soreness or aching. This should not persist and usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours (similar to post-exercise soreness). More often the relief following an adjustment is remarkable.