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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What can I expect on my first visit?
A: After filling out your paper work, we take a history to include your overall health as well as your complaint. Our staff will take your vitals and we perform our examination. X-rays are taken in the region of your complaint. We may use ultrasound and electrical stimulation to help calm your area down. You will be instructed as to the proper use of ice or heat and return the next day. At that time, we will review your x-rays and explain your condition, treatment plan and options of careoutside our office. You will then receive a chiropractic adjustment (manipulation) upon your consent.

Q: What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A: An adjustment is a specific manipulation performed on your spine or other joints to create alignment and motion. Some adjustments are designed to cause cracking or popping in your spine, while other techniques have little force without cracking. We use several techniques to treat your spine, depending on what is most appropriate for you.

Q: What are you doing when you 'crack my bones?'
A: When a joint cracks, a gas is released from the synovial fluid that surrounds the joint. It is like opening a can of soda pop. When we adjust your joint, we are actually opening the joint and creating a vacuum to release the gas; we are not pushing bones together. When the joint cracks, we accomplish 3 things-- alignment, motion and a release of pressure.

Q: Does an adjustment hurt?
A: Typically not. We never force a manipulation. We are working to create alignment and motion in your spine and this can be done rather gently or with more force, depending on the patient. We are able to treat young babies as well as geriatric patients into their 90’s with gentle, safe and comfortable treatment.

Q: What kind of techniques do you use?
A: We use Diversified Technique, which is classic chiropractic and involves cracking of your joints. We also use flexion-distraction (Cox) which is gentle traction. We use Thompson Drop, Activator (instrument adjusting) and Gonstead when needed. Lastly, we employ soft tissue massage, myofascial release and exercise therapy. Dr. Schumacher instructs you personally in active rehabilitation exercises.

Q: What conditions do you treat?
A: For an extensive list, go to conditions. Most commonly, we treat neck pain, headaches, pinched nerves, arm pain, back pain, leg pain, sciatica, rib pain and orthopedic conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle.

Q: How long does it take to get better?
A: We want you to improve 50-90% in 4-6 weeks of treatment. Your treatment plan depends on the severity of your condition as well as how long you have had it. However, if we are unable to make any progress in 4-6 weeks we will then refer you to the most appropriate practitioner. We need improvement in your condition in order to continue your treatment plan.

Q: I have heard that once you start with a chiropractor you have to go for the rest of your life. Is that true?
A: Absolutely not. We have many patients that come for treatment, have excellent results and go on their way. They are instructed to return if need be. Other patients have spinal conditions, such as disc degeneration that can not be cured, but need to be controlled and managed. Many of these patients require occasional treatments and do much better if they keep their spine in alignment. Lastly, many of our patients choose to have preventative/wellness adjustments. They simply feel better, function better and are able to be more active by keeping their spine in good alignment.

Q: Why is alignment so important for the spine?
A: Your spine houses and protects the nervous system. The nervous system controls everything in the body. If there are misalignments (subluxations) in your spine, this can pinch nerves, cause pain and affect your overall health. Many of our patients feel better, stand more erect, sleep better and have improved energy when they are in alignment.

Q: What is a subluxation?
A: A subluxation exists when joints are out of alignment or are not moving properly. These can occur in your spine as well as shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles and jaws.

Q: How long have you been in practice?
A: Drs. Konicki and Schumacher graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1985. Konicki Schumacher Chiropractic was started in 1987.

Q: Does cracking my joints cause arthritis?
A: No. It helps restore normal alignment and motion to your joints, which helps reduce arthritis. Surprisingly, we now know cracking your knuckles prevents arthritis, not cause it.

Q: Do you work with the medical community?
A: Yes. We have many family doctors that refer patients to our office, knowing they will be helped without medication or surgery. If we are not able to help a patient, we refer to the appropriate doctors, which include neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pain doctors, rheumatologists or physical therapists.

Q: Can you treat infants?
A: Yes. We can safely treat infants. The most common conditions include colic, ear infections and torticollis (baby’s neck is bent/twisted). All treatment is done by touch - we do not x-ray babies.

Q: Can you help children?
A: Yes. Surprisingly, many children have back pain at a young age. They carry heavy back packs and sit in chairs that don’t support their spines. Children usually respond very quickly to chiropractic and enjoy the treatment. We always explain everything to your child and never surprise him or her. We avoid taking x-rays, if possible.

Q: Do you take x-rays?
A: Most of our new patients will receive x-rays on their first visit. This information is vital for understanding your overall condition. After that, we only x-ray if there is a significant change in your condition or trauma occurs, such as a bad fall or car accident.

Q: How long does it take to become a chiropractor?
A: It is a 7-year program. We must have two years of undergraduate studies before entering chiropractic college. This is a 5-year program. After 5 years of chiropractic college, one must pass national and state boards to be licensed to practice. We must complete 24 hours of continuing education every year to keep our license current.

Q: Does insurance cover chiropractic?
A: Yes, most insurance policies cover chiropractic. You can contact our office to find out your coverage before becoming a patient. In this way, you will know your expected cost.

Q: Does workers compensation cover chiropractic?
A: Yes. We are certified providers for workers compensation. Properly allowed claims are paid at 100%.

Q: Are my medical bills paid from a car accident?
A: Yes. In most cases, car insurance will pay your chiropractic care at 100%.

Q: Can you treat slipped (herniated) discs?
A: Yes. We use a gentle manual traction to reduce the pressure on the disc and nerve. Often, your body can heal a disc over weeks or months without surgery. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2006 reports that patients having disc surgery have the same results after 2 years than those without surgery. We will know in 4-6 weeks if you are going to be helped or not. If we do not help, surgery may help speed your pain relief and we will refer you to the spinal surgeon.

Q: Can you treat pregnant women?
A: Yes. Pregnant women benefit greatly from chiropractic. Back pain and sciatica (leg pain) are very common conditions that respond to our care. Treatments are safe for both mother and baby. We do not x-ray pregnant mothers. And best of all, we do not prescribe drugs!

Q: Do you prescribe drugs?
A: No. Chiropractic medicine relies on your body’s natural ability to heal itself. We are not licensed to prescribe drugs or perform surgery. In many cases, drugs and surgery have failed and we are able to help your body heal itself.

 

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