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Etheredge Chiropractic: Frequently Asked Questions
 

Is a Chiropractor a doctor?

There are many different types of doctors, for example, Dentists, Podiatrists, Osteopaths, Medical doctors.  A chiropractor is a licensed practitioner. Chiropractors complete undergraduate studies which include all the necessary pre-requisite courses such as general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biology and typically enter professional Chiropractic school to obtain a four-year Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree, which is considered a professional or doctorate degree.

What is Chiropractic care?

Chiropractic Physicians look at their patients symptoms and attempt to correct the cause of that symptom.  Chiropractic care at Etheredge Chiropractic is a hands-on approach to healing the body which involves the Chiropractic adjustment, physiotherapies, exercise, and diet.

Chiropractic physicians analyze through various means including but limited to X-ay, MRI, Orthopedic and Neurological testing a assess a patients need for care.  The Chiropractic adjustment is based on the treatment of misalignments within the structures of the musculoskeletal system, called subluxations. These subluxations of the vertebra that make up the spinal column can occur in the neck (cervical), mid back (thoracic), low back (lumbar-sacral-pelvic).  If there is a Chiropractic subluxation at any of these levels that can affect the nerves, muscles, and organs.

What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

A Chiropractor, uses a specific Chiropractic spinal adjustment-spinal manipulation-joint manipulation to correct a misalignment of a vertebra and restore that segment to proper spinal alignment.  The Chiropractic adjustment can be done manually using their hands or a device or instrument.

Can Anyone see a Chiropractor 

As long as there are no medical contraindications, most people will benefit from chiropractic care.  Chiropractic care at Etheredge Chiropractic is beneficial to those who suffer from many painful conditions, such as but not limited to: 

  • headache
  • neck pain
  • mid back pain
  • low back pain
  • radicular symptoms that shoot down the arms or legs. 

Regular Chiropractic care, or maintenance care, serves to keep the spinal vertebra in proper alignment.  This concept is familiar to most people as they have regular dental, vision, and medical Care.

Is Chiropractic care covered by insurance?

Chiropractic care is covered by many health insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies. You can check your specific plan for coverage details.

Is a referral needed to see a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors under many plans are considered specialists which typically do not need a referral to receive treatment. Always check with your specific insurance plan for their referral requirements.