FAQ

Parkwood Family Chiropractic offers safe, effective, drug-free solutions to many health concerns both common and uncommon.

In fact, many patients are surprised to find out the wide array of conditions that chiropractic can help!

We specialize in diagnosing and treating numerous conditions of the nervous system, muscular system, and skeletal systems of the body.

See a list of conditions here.

Yes, chiropractors are licensed doctors who specialize in treating patients with non-drug and non-surgical options. In fact Chiropractors are the second largest group of doctors in the US.

Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard.

Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.

Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.

In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience (similar to that of a Medical student). The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuro-musculo-skeletal complaints.

Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small.

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical adjustments. Cervical adjustments work to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck adjustments are a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated upper neck adjustments with a certain kind of stroke, recent evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously, or following everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon.

Patients who are at risk of this type of condition may experience neck pain or headaches that cause them to seek professional care at the office of a chiropractor or family physician. It is not the doctor that has caused the injury, it was there before the office visit.

The best evidence indicates that the incidence of artery injuries associated with upper neck adjustments is extremely rare – about 1 case in 5.85 million adjustments.

If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.

Adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble from within the joint, 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.

Insurance
Yes, we are “In-Network” with most major health insurance plans and we accept Medicare. Our insurance billing specialists will take care of all insurance billing and make sure that you receive the maximum benefits from your plan.

No Insurance
We offer a special “Cash Discount Program” for patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage. This program makes payment comparable to most insurance co-pays without having to use insurance. Flexible payment programs can also arranged. If you do not have insurance or do not have chiropractic benefits there is still a way for you to receive the care you need. Many of our patients pay directly for care, as they discover chiropractic to be extremely cost-effective and affordable.

Family Plans
We believe in helping families take responsibility for their health and wellness. In order to make this as easy and affordable as possible, we can create a customized family plan that is specific to your needs and goals.

 

About Parkwood

At Parkwood Family Chiropractic we believe that the healthier you are, the better you can do the things which matter to you most.   We aim to improve quality of life by offering natural, non-drug, non-surgical solutions to many health conditions. Our approach is focused on whole-body wellness, treating the cause rather than simply masking symptoms.

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