Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractors and Chiropractic Care

What Does A Chiropractor Do?

A Chiropractor corrects misalignments or fixations in the spine or other joints in the body (shoulders, hips, wrists, etc) to re-establish proper function.

Are Chiropractors Safe?

Chiropractic is one of the safest approaches in all of healthcare.

How Much Does A Chiropractor Cost?

While as with anything, cost can vary, initial visits are usually the most costly, as there are evaluations, examinations, and x-rays involved. Typically it can range from $50-$200 for initial exams and adjustments can go anywhere from $40-$95.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Back Pain?

Some common causes of back pain include postural issues, tight muscles, sports injuries, and car accidents.

Chiropractors can help with back pain by restoring proper function to "stuck" portions of the spine via gentle specific adjustments, while minimizing pain without drugs or surgery.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Neck Pain?

Some common causes of neck pain include postural issues, excessive computer or phone use (aka “tech neck”), tight muscles, sleeping wrong, sports injuries, and car accidents.

Chiropractors can help with neck pain by restoring proper function to "stuck" portions of the spine via gentle specific adjustments, while minimizing pain without drugs or surgery.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain caused by the sciatic nerve, the thickest nerve in the body. It usually radiates/shoots from the lower back into the leg, often below the knee and into the foot. Sciatica is most common in people 30-50 but can happen at any age.

The most common cause is a bulging or herniated disc in the low back (see our previous blog on Disc Injuries). Discs are tire-like structures that sit between the bones of the spine. If the outer rim of the disc tears, due to trauma or repetitive pressure, the jelly-like inner portion of the disc can come out and irritate (like battery acid) or compress the nearby sciatic nerve.

Chiropractors can help with Sciatica by restoring proper function to "stuck" portions of the spine via gentle specific adjustments, while minimizing pain without drugs or surgery.

Can A Chiropractor Help With A Pinched Nerve?

Yes, that is precisely what Chiropractors do. Misalignments in the spine or other joints can oftentimes compress or pinch nerves, and a chiropractic adjustment will correct this

Can A Chiropractor Help With TMJ?

Yes, a gentle, painless adjustment can help realign the jaw joint and relieve pain from TMJ.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Vertigo?

Sometimes. There are many possible causes for vertigo, and if the nerves or nervous system is involved, an adjustment can help tremendously.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Herniated or Bulging Disc?

A herniation, sometimes referred to as a “disc bulge”, “disc protrusion”, “blown disc”, or “slipped disc”, is an injury in which the soft center of a spinal disc (the nucleus) pushes through a fissure or “crack” in the outer lining. Two examples to describe them are a “flat tire”, or also a jelly-filled donut that you squish and the “jelly” seeps out. That “jelly” is like battery acid to the nerve, which is why people with herniated discs often times have “burning”, sharp-shooting pain, numbness, and weakness into the arms and hands, if it’s a neck herniation, or into the legs and feet if it’s a low back herniation.

Chiropractors can diminish pain caused by herniated or bulging disc and improve function by improving alignment and mobility of the spine and surrounding joints. Chiropractors can also minimize further disc damage by restoring symmetrical weight distribution from left to right.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Scoliosis?

Yes, adjustments can help relieve the pain, stiffness, and discomfort associated with scoliosis.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Hip Pain?

Some common causes of hip pain include postural issues, tight muscles, sports injuries, and car accidents.

Chiropractors can help with hip pain by restoring proper function to "stuck" portions of the spine via gentle specific adjustments, while minimizing pain without drugs or surgery.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Knee Pain?

Knee problems affect people of all ages and can arise from injury, overuse, or due to underlying medical conditions. The most common signs and symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, redness, warmth, weakness, popping or crunching noises, and the inability to fully extend the knee.

Chiropractors can adjust knee, hips and ankles to restore proper function to "stuck joints". In addition, physical therapy can help strengthen and improve the flexibility of the muscles surrounding the knees.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Shoulder Pain?

Some common causes of shoulder pain include postural issues, tight muscles, sports injuries, and car accidents.

Chiropractors can help with shoulder pain by restoring proper function to "stuck" portions of the spine via gentle specific adjustments, while minimizing pain without drugs or surgery.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Headaches?

Fortunately, most headaches are not caused by serious illnesses, but in some cases, they may require immediate medical attention. Something as simple as a tight muscle compressing blood flow or even a nerve can lead to headache, and it’s in these cases that chiropractic can bring much-needed relief.

Headaches can also be caused by misalignments or “stuck” joints in your neck. These are known as cervicogenic headaches, meaning “originating from the cervical spine and/or surrounding structures.” This includes irritation and/or dysfunction of the cervical spine joints which can refer pain to the head.

As Doctors of Chiropractic, we are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of problems with your spine, muscles, and other structures that can cause headaches. Treatment options may include chiropractic adjustments or mobilization, massage therapy, cold laser therapy, and other modalities. Exercises may also be prescribed to help correct your structural weaknesses. These approaches will relieve spinal tension, improves brain function, and alleviate the effects of stress on your nervous system, which can oftentimes result in the relief of headaches.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Migraines?

Yes, please read our blog post on how our Chiropractors can help with Sciatica.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Arthritis?

It depends. There are many types of arthritis, the most common being degenerative (i.e. wear and tear), aka "osteoarthritis". While chiropractic doesn't "cure" it, it can help re-establish normal structure, so that the imbalances that have led to the arthritis don't progress and get worse.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Carpel Tunnel?

Yes, carpal tunnel is oftentimes related to compressed or pinched nerves in the neck or shoulder, in addition to the wrist. A chiropractor can help by minimizing the structural compression that leads to carpal tunnel symptoms such as wrist and hand pain, weakness, or numbness.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Plantar Fasciitis?

Yes. By re-establishing Structural abnormalities such as one hip higher than the other (i.e. pelvic imbalance) can create a leg length discrepancy and result in more pressure on one foot, which can result in plantar fasciitis. Correcting these structural abnormalities via adjustments is a very effective way to achieve a permanent solution.