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Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

Most people understand the concept of preventive care when it comes to teeth and eyes, but not when it comes to their spine and joints.  Click on the question to get your answer to these frequently asked questions about chiropractic..

chiropractor is a health care professional who focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders, known as subluxation or joint misalignment.  Chiropractic is most commonly used to treat back pain, neck pain, joint pain, arthritis (degenerative and rheumatoid), headaches, sports injuries, work injuries and others.  People often may notice other symptoms they have been experiencing subside once they come in for treatment for another condition.  For example, if you have back pain, but also have issues with your digestive system, you may notice that both of your conditions improve.  This is most likely due to the fact that the same nerves that supply your muscles and joints in an area of your body also supply the organs and tissues in that area. While it is never wise to claim curing of disease due to chiropractic treatment, it is of definite value that many conditions may be improved, such as allergies, frequent sinus infections, behavioral issues, reproductive issues, digestive problems, bedwetting and other ailments. 

No!  We are considered a primary visit provider.  Just come on in, like you would your dentist, optometrist or medical doctor. (In very rare instances, usually due to extenuating circumstances, a referral may be helpful and/or necessary.  We will help you cross that bridge if we get to it.)

First you will fill out some paperwork.  Next, we will take a complete history of your chief complaint(s).  Then we will perform a physical exam of your area(s) of chief complaint.  We may or may not take digital x-rays, depending upon our clinical decision.  An MRI or other imaging study may be needed.  Once we have all the information we need, we will go over your findings to diagnose the condition and inform you of your treatment options.  Treatment options may include care in our office, co-treatment with another health care professional, or a referral to another provider.
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Your Doctor of Chiropractic, or D.C., has finished a four-year bachelor’s degree in an undergraduate setting prior to obtaining a four-year Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited program.  The coursework is demanding and is comparable to that of other doctors.  In addition, your Nebraska D.C. has completed the rigorous exams from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, which include Parts I-IV and Physiotherapy, prior to obtaining a license.
We routinely work with local medical doctors, podiatrists, dentists, physical therapists and more.  We believe every health care profession has its place … and that place is to help YOU!  When you surround yourself with providers who are professional, respectful and work well with others, you will benefit.
Chiropractic treatment can be as gentle as is necessary for the comfort of the patient.  Some treatments include manual adjustments in which the doctor employs a quick thrust to the spine or other joints, and they can sometimes be associated with a popping noise.  Other treatments include use of adjusting instruments or table-assisted therapies.  At times, the patient may experience muscle soreness or tenderness after an adjustment similar to what is experienced after a workout session.  Ice, heat and/or stretching are typically all that is necessary to treat any discomfort.  Together, we will determine what is best for you.  We always give our best care recommendations, but we will never persuade you to accept treatment out of your comfort level.

No. We would never do anything to hurt a child.  Generally, children require few treatments and respond very quickly.  They do not have years’ worth of accumulated joint and tissue damage we see in our adult patients.  We cannot stress enough how important it is for children have their spines checked. Does your baby favor one side during breastfeeding?  Does your son complain of headaches or earaches?  Did your daughter fall down during her last gymnastics class?  If so, they need to be checked for joint misalignments.  Do not allow years to pass with their joints in an abnormal position.  Over the years, this can lead to arthritis or worse.

Just imagine how good you could feel today if you had chiropractic care all throughout your life.  Give that gift to your child.

You got that way by living your life!  Your D.C. is trained to find misalignments of the spine and joints, known to chiropractors as subluxationa.  Subluxations can occur for a number of reasons, including but not limited to childhood accidents, pregnancy and childbirth (for both mother and baby), stress, poor sleeping/posture habits, sitting for long periods of time, previous sports or work related injuries, and so on.  In addition, muscular imbalances and asymmetry of the body can predispose a person to subluxations.

A subluxation may not only affect the muscles in a region of the spine, but also the nerves, soft tissues and organs in that region.  Tender or spastic muscles in a spinal region are an obvious symptom that is easily felt by the patient, but the nervous system, soft tissue and organ irritation is not always as directly apparent.

No.  We always let our patients go home after their appointments.  All joking aside, you may choose acute, corrective or wellness/elective care.  The purpose of acute care is to reduce or eliminate your most obvious symptoms.  Corrective care is used to stabilize the body after the acute phase to help avoid a relapse in the short term.  Wellness or elective care includes regular spinal checkups.  This type of preventive care can save time and money by keeping minor problems from becoming more serious.  This is the type of care people choose on their own.  Do you go to your dentist or optometrist on a regular basis, or at least know you should?  Then you understand the concept behind regular, preventive appointments.  It is no different for chiropractic.

Often when patients have chronic conditions, it may take time to repair those tissues.  Expecting to repair years of direct tissue damage in one or two sessions, then expecting to be set for life, is like expecting your dentist to clean your teeth once, then never have to get them cleaned again.  It’s not fair to expect your chiropractor to be a magician.