Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Absolutely.  Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal 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.  As a matter of fact, chiropractors have the lowest malpractice insurance of any other healthcare provider in the united states.   

When discussing the risks of any health care procedure, it is important to look at that risk in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition.  Accordingly, the number of prescriptions for powerful drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone have tripled in the past 12 years. The CDC has reported that abuse of these commonly prescribed painkillers are among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Overdoses of opioid painkillers are responsible for some 15,000 deaths per year; that’s more than the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined.

Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, natural effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care.

Do I need a medical referral?

No. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners. You can contact us directly for an appointment

Does it hurt to get adjusted?

An adjustment is not normally painful, however in some cases, mild soreness to the area being adjusted may be experienced. These symptoms are often a normal part of the healing process as your spinal movement improves.

What is the popping sound?

Some adjusting methods can produce a popping sound when the gas and fluids that exist in the joint shift. It’s much like the “pop” heard when opening a bottle of champagne. The sound isn’t a guide to the quality or need of the adjustment. There is a common misconception that the noise is bones going back in place or rubbing on each other, this is definitely false! 

Is it true that once you go to a chiropractor you will I have to go for the rest of your life?

Of course not.  That is like saying, once you start exercising and eating healthy, you have to exercise and eat healthy for the rest of your life!….that’s just ridiculous.  The fact is, once patients start chiropractic care and enjoy a higher level of health, they choose to continue care.  How long you see your chiropractor is entirely up to you. Some patients only see their chiropractor when they are in pain, others choose to have ongoing care as part of the overall health plan. During your visits you’ll be presented with information regarding the goals of each phase of care and how it may help you.  We are happy to provide whichever type of care that you choose.

What if getting my neck treated makes me nervous?

There are many techniques Dr. Barrick uses that do not involve “manipulation” that we can use to try to correct neck problems, such as using the drop table or Activator Technique. We will only include neck adjustments in your treatment if there is an objective clinical reason for doing so. We will only use these techniques  after we have discussed with you and are happy with the treatment. We don’t include neck adjustments in your treatment if there are any indications that you would be at risk. Talk to us about your concerns.

How long until I feel better?

While some patients experience almost instant relief, nearly all patients are feeling much better within one to two weeks. There are many factors that affect your rate of healing such as your age, the type of injury, your general health, and how long you have had the problem.

Is it ok to see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?

Yes!!!!  Dr. Barrick has treated many women during their pregnancy for back pain.  Moreover, obstetricians have stated that a major cause of stalled labor resulting in C-sections is because the pelvis is out of alignment.  The problem is, they don’t know what to do about it, and this is where chiropractic can play an important role in a woman’s pregnancy. A misaligned pelvis is also a major cause of breech positions.  Dr. Barrick has performed the Webster Technique on many women over the years, and had breech babies turn for a normal delivery. Dr. Barrick believes all women should be under chiropractic care during their pregnancy to insure a safe and successful delivery.

Can I have chiropractic care after spinal surgery?

Yes.  We treat many patients who have had spinal surgery.  Specific types of treatments are designed that avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine and correct and maintain the rest of your spinal function.

Can I adjust myself?

No.  Adjustments are so specific even your chiropractor can’t adjust themselves. Some people can make their joints “pop” frequently, however this can actually damage your spine and make your problems worse in the long term.

Is Chiropractic Care covered by Workers Compensation and Veterans Affairs?

With a workers compensation claim, most cases will be covered.  In some cases the treating doctor has to be in the insurance company’s network in order to be paid.  This should be checked out by the patient before starting treatment.    

Veterans wishing to see a Chiropractor outside of the VA system are now able to see a chiropractor that is registered with the VA system through the Veterans Choice Program.  Dr. Barrick has been registered with the VA for several years and has had the honor of treating many veterans, some who have bravely fought and were injured in combat overseas.  

The veteran must first get a referral for chiropractic care from their VA primary care provider, and then the visits need to be authorized for treatment.