What does a chiropractic physican do?
Answer: A chiropractor is a primary spine care physican, specializing in the non-surgical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal and other musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors treat through the use of manual techniques such as (but not limited to) manipulation, mobilization, decompression, and exercise. Your chiropractor can order diagnostic tests (MRI, MRA, XRay, CT, etc.) and blood work when warranted and necessary. Much like any other medical practitioner, chiropractors have limitations to what they can and cannot treat, and will refer to the appropriate medical specialists when necessary.
What should I expect on my first visit?
Answer: Your first visit will include a comprehensive medical history and examination. The doctor will first ask multiple questions about your health history and current condition, followed a neurologic screen to rule out more serious medical conditions that may present as spine pain (occurrence rate of 1 to 3%). After this is completed and it has been determined that it is safe to proceed, an evidence based orthopaedic examination will be performed to determine which structure(s) in your body are causing your symptoms to occur (joints, nerves, discs, muscles), and what other factors may be perpetuating these symptoms. The doctor will thoroughly explain your diagnosis and answer any questions you may have before anything else is done. If treatment is warranted, you may be treated on your first visit. The first visit will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the severity and complexity of your condition(s) (to ensure that your visit starts on time, we recommend that you print and fill out your intake paperwork prior to arriving).
I've heard Chiropractor's “crack your joints” and I don't feel comfortable having that done. Are there any alternatives?
Answer: “Cracking people's necks and backs” (officially termed “manipulation”) is not for everyone. Current evidence suggests that manipulation is best used when the patient's symptoms are arising from joint dysfunction (or a joint that has restricted motion and is painful). If you do present with joint dysfunction and manipulation is warranted, the doctor will offer you treatment options that are low force (no “cracking”) first. If you are comfortable with these low force methods, there is no need to use a more forceful means of manipulation at any point in your care.
I've been to a chiropractor before and it didn't work, how is Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center (CJSRC) different?
Answer: CJSRC specifically designs evidence-based, individualized care plans around your diagnosis and presentation. There are no cookiecutter treatment plans - every patient is unique and will be treated as such. The treatment recommendations you will receive are the current best practice standards based upon the highest quality evidence and scientific knowledge that is available today.
Additionally, here at CJSRC, we believe that healthcare should be a coordinated effort across all specialties and concentrations. Any and all physicians who's information we are provided with will be made aware of your diagnosis & progress throughout care.
I've heard that once you go to a chiropractor, you have to keep going for the rest of your life - is this true?
Answer: In some practices, this may be the case, but not at CJSRC. We take pride in excellent clinical outcomes, and our goal is to get you back to doing the things you love to do, as quickly as possible! We want the patient to be empowered and educated about their condition(s), and confident that we're here for you whenever you need us.