FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS in Surfside Beach

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about chiropractors in Surfside Beach. Knowing the answers to these important questions will help you pick the best chiropractor in Surfside Beach for you. If we didn't cover a question you may have, give Coastal ChiroMed a call at (843) 215-2324 and we will be more than happy to help answer your question.

What is a chiropractor?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) - often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians - practice a hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors utilize spinal and joint manipulation also referred to as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

What is chiropractic care?

One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a "chiropractic adjustment"). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo-mobile - or restricted in their movement - as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.

Are chiropractors doctors?

Chiropractors are real "doctors" according to most state laws. They receive a very intensive education and have similar coursework to a medical doctor in the beginning of their education. Hour for hour, the core sciences are very similar to the education that a medical doctor receives. Doctors of Chiropractic have to take national boards, pass licensing exams, and take continuing education yearly to maintain their licenses. Doctors of Chiropractors are monitored by a state board just like medical doctors. Chiropractic schools are also monitored and accredited much like medical schools. However, Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) are not Medical Doctors (M.D.) in the same manner that a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) is slightly different than an M.D. They have different approaches to health and the human body. Chiropractors, for example do not have prescribing rights for medications and have only limited training on medications and their side effects. They also do not perform surgeries. Doctors of Chiropractic may have different procedure that they are allowed to perform based on the state code in which they practice. Some states recognize chiropractors as portal of entry health practitioners and do not need to have a patient referred to them from another Medical Doctor.

What is the history of chiropractic care?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, the word 'chiropractic' comes from the Greek words cheir (meaning 'hand') and praktos (meaning 'done'), i.e. Done by Hand. The name was chosen by the developer of chiropractic, Daniel David Palmer.

A prolific reader of all things scientific, DD Palmer realized that although various forms of manipulation had been used for hundreds if not thousands of years, no one had developed a philosophical or scientific rationale to explain their effects. Palmer's major contribution to the health field was therefore the codification of the philosophy, art and science of chiropractic which was based on his extensive study of anatomy and physiology.

Palmer performed the initial chiropractic adjustment in September 1895. Palmer examined a janitor who had become deaf 17 years prior after he felt something "give" in his back. Palmer examined the area and gave a crude "adjustment" to what was felt to be a misplaced vertebra in the upper back. The janitor then observed that his hearing improved.

From that first adjustment, DD Palmer continued to develop chiropractic and in 1897 established the Palmer School of Cure, now known as the Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, where it remains today. Following the first adjustment, many people became interested in Palmer's new science and healing art. Among his early students were Palmer's son, Bartlett Joshua (BJ), as well as members of the older healing arts of medicine and osteopathy. The first state law licensing chiropractors was passed in 1913, and by 1931, 39 states had given chiropractors legal recognition.

Today, there are more than 70,000 active chiropractic licenses in the United States.

What does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic's intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

Are chiropractors useful?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification. There are many studies showing that chiropractic care can help people avoid or postpone the need for surgery and other invasive treatments as well as lowering the need for dangerous and addictive opioids and other pain medication.

Are chiropractors safe?

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. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation, when performed by a skilled and well-educated professional such as a doctor of chiropractic, is a remarkably safe procedure.

Some reports have associated high-velocity upper neck manipulation with a certain rare kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection. However, evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously in patients who have pre-existing arterial disease. These dissections have been associated with everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon. Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care-often at the office of a doctor of chiropractic or family physician-but that care is not the cause of the injury. The best evidence indicates that the incidence of artery injuries associated with high-velocity upper neck manipulation is extremely rare-about one to three cases in 100,000 patients who get treated with a course of care. This is similar to the incidence of this type of stroke among the general population.

If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.

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. In this regard, the risks of serious complications from spinal manipulation for conditions such as neck pain and headache compare very favorably with even the most conservative care options. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain-over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers-are significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation.

According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people taking NSAIDS are three times more likely than those who do not to develop serious adverse gastrointestinal problems such as hemorrhage (bleeding) and perforation. That risk rises to more than five times among people age 60 and older.

Moreover, the number of prescriptions for powerful drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone have tripled in the past 12 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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, 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, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.

Are there chiropractic adjustment side effects?

Reactions to spinal manipulation are common and benign. They typically arise and disappear shortly after treatment (usually gone the day after treatment). The most common reactions are local discomfort in the area of treatment (two thirds of reactions), followed by pain in areas other than that of treatment, fatigue or headache (10% each). Nausea, dizziness or "other" reactions are uncommonly reported (< 5% of reactions). Reactions are most commonly reported by women and (for both genders) at the beginning of the treatment series. Patients with long lasting problems are more likely to report treatment reactions; however, patients with no prior experience of chiropractic care do not report more reactions than patients previously treated by chiropractors.

COMMON AND UNCOMMON REACTIONS TO CHIROPRACTIC SPINAL MANIPULATION HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, ARE TO A LARGE DEGREE FORESEEABLE AND SEEM TO BE PREDOMINANTLY PHYSIOLOGICAL IN NATURE.

How many chiropractic sessions do you need?

The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.

How much does a chiropractic care cost?

Fees per chiropractic session average $35-65 for a general vertebrae adjustment, according to a recent survey in Chiropractic Economics magazine. Sessions can range from $34 to $106 per session depending on where you live, how many regions of the spine a chiropractor services and whether exams are required. Also depending on the condition of your spine and if you are symptomatic or seeking wellness care can effect the cost.

Why should you choose our office?

Coastal ChiroMed is a Christian family practice that focuses on the patient. Our friendly staff work to make your appointment smooth and will work with your insurance or cash patients. Our Doctor of Chiropractic has many years of experience with pain conditions, arthritis, headaches, wellness, pregnancy, and children. Our Doctor is certified in Webster's technique specifically designed for pregnant mothers. Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps with common pains, pelvic misalignments that effect the position of the baby, as well as helping with labor progression. Our doctor also has hands on experience checking and adjusting infants at birth. Often birth trauma can cause spinal misalignments that can complicate breast feeding, sleeping, and head control. Case studies have shown that infants that receive early chiropractic care tend to have less complications, ear infections, colic, constipation, or reflux symptoms.

How can I find a chiropractor near me?

Most patients find quality chiropractic by word of mouth so ask your family and friends if they see a chiropractor. You can also search on the internet to find one in your area. To find a family or infant chiropractor we recommend going to https://icpa4kids.com/find-a-pediatric-chiropractor/

What are common chiropractic techniques?

There are over 300+ chiropractic techniques. Some of the most common techniques that our doctors use include:
 
Diversified, Thompson, Activator, Toggle, Webster's.
 
These techniques use hands on treatments, instrument adjustments, or table assisted adjustments. Many chiropractors also do some form of soft tissue treatments like trigger point therapy, stretching, and massage.
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic's intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

What does a chiropractor treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

How do chiropractors relieve pain from injuries or accidents?

Many times patients that experience injuries from accidents or falls there are multiple sites injured. Many times the spinal bones can be out of alignment, nerves can be pinched, discs may be bulging or herniated, soft tissue such as ligaments and tendons can be sprained and muscles can be strained. Chiropractic care is specifically designed to combat all of these issues. Starting was a thorough evaluation, your chiropractor will assess the entire body. The first step is restoring motion and mobility to the spine and then allow the body time to heal in proper position. Icing for inflammation, electric stimulation for muscles or nerve issues, traction, as well as spinal manipulations or adjustments are all ways in which the chiropractor will work with your body to heal from such events.

What other conditions can be treated by chiropractic care?

Chiropractors restore function and mobility to the spine and other joints. While this definitely can help with pain, the communication from the brain to the rest of the body and be impacted and cause dysfunction in many areas. Organs, balance and coordination, and many many conditions have shown improvement with chiropractic care. Some common issues that patients report improvement with following adjustments include, ear infections, acid reflux, sinus issues, allergies, asthma, head aches or migraines, constipation, restless leg syndrome, sciatic pain, radiculopathy, and many more conditions.

Can I get chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Yes! Webster's technique is specifically developed to address the spine of pregnant mothers. Misalignment of the pelvis can put stress and torsion on the ligaments of the uterus. Chiropractic care has been shown to not only help with pain associated with pregnancy but can improve birth outcomes. Complications such as breech presentation can often resolve on their own once the mother's pelvis is in alignment. Chiropractic care has also been shown to help mothers control their pelvic floor muscles and have easier, faster, and less painful labors.

How does a chiropractor help lower back pain?

Low back pain can be caused by many things including spinal misalignments, degeneration of intervertebral discs, pinched nerves, and muscle spasm. Chiropractic can address all of the these conditions. Your chiropractor is also trained to asses any conditions that could refer pain to the spine such as ovarian cysts or some other internal condition.

How does a chiropractor help neck pain?

Neck pain can be caused by many things including spinal misalignments, degeneration of intervertebral discs, pinched nerves, and muscle spasm, whip lash, rib misalignments and so forth. Chiropractic can address all of the these conditions by realigning your spine with a chiropractic adjustment (manipulation). Your chiropractor is also trained to asses any conditions that could refer pain to the spine such as lung or heat conditions, headaches, migraines, and sprain/ strain injuries or whiplash due to car accidents or falls.

How does a chiropractor help sciatica?

Sciatic pain is a specific condition caused by misalignments in the low back and pelvis. These misaglignments or subluxations can pinch the large nerves in the lower spine that combine to form the sciatic nerves that runs the posterior portion of the leg into the foot. These subuxations can cause muslce spasms which can further pinch or irriate the nerve and cause pain, numbness and tingling, throbbing, weakness, and loss of balance and coordination. By aligning the pelvis and lumbar spinal vertebrae as well as addressing the soft tissue (ligaments and muscles) most cases of sciatic care resolve. In severe cases your chiropractic can work with other health care providers and give you all the options for your care.

What types of pain do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors mainly treat neck pain, mid back pain, and low back pain. Many times pain in other areas of the body are a side effect of a misaligned spine and these other areas will improve as well. Headaches for example are often caused by misalignment or subluxation of the vertebrae in the neck or TMJ. Hip, knee, or foot pain can also be coming from misalignments or subluxation in the spine. Chiropractors can adjust these other joints in the extremities as well. Sometimes subluxations in the spine can lead to dysfuction in organs and result in pain or disease. Chiropractic care can restore the nerve function and communication so that the body can function properly on its own and in many cases the pain also resolves.

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

Most patients that see a chiropractor are already in pain and can be tender. Our chiropractor is very gentle and can tailor you care to your level of comfort. The most common side effect is soreness and resolves quickly.

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

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. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?

Some types of chiropractic adjusting can make a popping sound because the joints are stretched and opened up and the gas in the joint space sometimes will escape and make a popping sound. Sometimes adjustments do not make a popping sound depending on the condition of the patient the technique being used.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No. Our Doctors are very specific a tailor the patients treatment to each patient. Some patients may have underlying conditions that require certain techniques such as osteoporosis. Our doctors have adjust new born infants in an approved manner that is very gentle and effective and many times won't even wake a sleeping infant. Webster's technique is also designed to treat pregnant women and address the unique physiology of mothers. Patients with sports injuries or car accident injuries may require still other ways of adjusting. We work closely with all of our patients to help the treatment be as comfortable as possible and still get results.

Will a chiropractic adjustment completely remove back pain?

In many cases neck pain can completely resolve with chiropractic care. Each patient has a unique set of circumstance, medical history, history of trauma and so forth that can alter the need for care. In some cases patient can have severe or long term conditions that prevent complete resolution of their pain but even in these cases their quality of life is usually much better with consistent chiropractic treatment plans.

Can I learn to adjust myself?

Chiropractic adjustments are just like any other medical treatment. Self adjustments are technically "practicing chiropractic without a license". Even chiropractors do not adjust themselves. The spine is a complex system with angles, planes, and joints. Chiropractors study for years to work with the body and the anatomy to optimize each vertebrae or joint. Even if you can "pop" yourself, it may not be in the correct directions with can led to further joint damage, pinched nerves, and hypermobility of these joint.

Will I be required to remove my clothing at my appointment?

Some chiropractors may need to contact the skin in order to do a proper assessment. Also during any x-rays a gown will be provided to ensure that snaps, buckles, or zippers are not hiding parts of the anatomy. For this reason jewelry may also need to be removed. Most chiropractors can feel your spine through your clothing but it is best to wear soft stretchy material that is easy to move in as the chiropractor may need to stretch your body and restrictive clothing may impede this process. Chiropractors should always educate their patients and respect your privacy. There is never a reason to be total disrobed with your chiropractor. Even if the specific treatment requires skin to skin contact they should have procedures in place to protect your modesty with gowns or sheets similar to a massage or medical doctor. Some states allow chiropractors to do more invasive examinations but even in these instances efforts should be made to maintain patients privacy and comfort level. We do not do any procedures in our office that require you to disrobe. Occasionally the doctor may ask to place their hand on your back under the clothing or to see the skin on the back to check for bruising, mole, cysts or other things that the chiropractor need to see or feel for a better diagnosis or treatment. Sometimes soft tissue work or trigger point therapy requires skin to skin contact but by wearing loose clothing the doctor should be able to do so without the removal of clothing. Our chiropractors will always get consent before doing so and ensuring your comfort.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Doctors of chiropracticare educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding - four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more. Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures. In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education, an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Coastal ChiroMed
8733 Highway 17 Bypass
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
(843) 215-2324