Top 5 Chiropractic Care FAQs
If you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, headaches or other chronic pain, you may be wondering if chiropractic care is a good treatment option for your pain management needs. Our Medford chiropractor has helped many patients naturally manage their pain through chiropractic care. Below, our chiropractor answers five of the most frequently asked questions about chiropractic care.
#1: Is chiropractic care safe and effective?
Yes, chiropractic care is a safe and effective alternative pain management technique. Chiropractic adjustments are a non-invasive approach to managing pain that do not require medication or surgery. Adjustments are effective because they address the underlying musculoskeletal misalignments that are triggering a patient’s pain, rather than simply “covering up” these symptoms with medication. Our Medford chiropractor follows evidenced-based treatment protocols that start with diagnostic exams to precisely determine the cause for your pain.
#2: How does chiropractic care manage chronic pain?
If you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, sciatica or other chronic pain problems, you may be experiencing this pain because of a misalignment in the musculoskeletal system. For example, if a herniated disc in the lumbar spine compresses nearby nerves, you will experience pain as long as this compression persists. Medication works by “numbing” the brain’s ability to perceive pain. Unfortunately, this means that once the drugs wear off, the pain will return. Chiropractic care is different. Spinal adjustments target the underlying cause for pain, creating space between the vertebrae to alleviate the nerve compression. This provides ongoing pain relief without the need for medication or surgery.
#3: Is a chiropractor a qualified injury doctor?
Yes, our Medford chiropractor Dr. Todd Goldman is qualified to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Goldman has completed extensive study of musculoskeletal injuries, including auto accident injuries, personal injuries, workplace injuries, and sports injuries. Dr. Goldman is also qualified to treat chronic pain conditions including sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back pain, headaches, and migraines.
#4: What should I expect during my first visit?
During you first visit with Dr. Goldman, our chiropractor will discuss your treatment goals and the different treatment options available. Dr. Goldman will perform diagnostic tests to determine the extent of your injury and the specific location of any spinal subluxations. Our goal with treatment is to provide both immediate pain relief while also helping to prevent future pain problems through chiropractic care.
#5: Do you work with other medical professionals?
Our chiropractor Dr. Goldman is happy to work with your primary care physician or any other medical professionals who may have assisted you in the diagnosis or treatment of your injury. We are realistic with all our patients about their treatment prognosis; while many patients will benefit considerably from chiropractic care, we also recognize that surgery may be necessary in some cases. Our goal is to help patients get healthy and active, and we consider all treatment options and professional opinions when creating our patients’ treatment plans.