FAQ’s at Westside Chiropractic
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic and chiropractors focus on disorders of the spine, muscles and joints and the effect these issues have on the nervous system. Chiropractors are defined under Medicare as a primary healthcare provider. Chiropractors use hands-on, conservative (non-drug and non-surgical) treatment to correct these nerve, muscle and joint problems.
Chiropractors most common form of treatment is the manipulation or “adjustment” to the affected joints of the body that are found to be functioning incorrectly. The most common area of treatment is to the spine but at Westside Chiropractic problems with other joints such as shoulders, wrists and knees just to name a few, also can be adjusted. The adjustment relieves pressure and irritation to the joints, muscle and/or nerves and ultimately increases motion at these joints and reduces further irritation.
What types of conditions do chiropractors treat?
Some of the more common conditions seen by Dr. Lowenberg at Westside Chiropractic in West Fargo include lower back and neck pain, tension headaches and migraines, arthritic conditions, sports injuries, work related injuries, injuries from car accidents, numbness or tingling in arms or legs, sciatica, disc problems, back pain from pregnancy as well as many others.
If you have a chronic or new problem and would like to have a honest and caring evaluation of your condition please call Westside Chiropractic for a same day appointment.
Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?
The simple answer is NO. Chiropractors are considered primary care providers under Medicare and for almost all other insurance providers are considered a portal of entry provider which in simple terms means you just need to call and make an appointment with no referral necessary.
How do I know if chiropractic can help my problem?
Chiropractic treatment is very effective for treatment of many conditions but Dr. Lowenberg will be the first to tell you that it can’t “cure” everything. Starting your initial visit with a detailed consultation, history and examination will provide a diagnosis that determines whether chiropractic is “right” for you or not. If chiropractic care is an option, treatment will be discussed and the goals of improvement outlined. If chiropractic care is not the answer then Dr. Lowenberg will give you the most logical options for improvement and make the appropriate referral for the best results of treatment.
There are many options available for treatment. If you truly have a condition that will benefit from chiropractic care who better to ask then a chiropractor. There are many misconceptions about chiropractic but the literature and research proves time and again that chiropractic treatment is a very cost effective, safe and effective form of care.
Does my insurance accept chiropractic? How much will it cost?
Almost all insurance plans have coverage for chiropractic treatment. Typically there will be a “co-pay” with each office visit. This is typically the same co-payment you pay when you see other doctors at a medical clinic. In our area most people have co-payments between $20-$30. If you have any questions about your insurance please contact our office with your information and we will confirm your insurance benefits for you. If you do not have insurance coverage, chiropractic care is proven to be one of the most cost-effective treatment options.
I’ve heard that once you go to a chiropractor, you have to go forever, Is that true?
The logical answer is NO! Your response to treatment and desired long term benefits of treatment will always be up to you. My goal as a doctor is to give you the appropriate information with regards to your condition, based off the results of your examination and let your decide what course of treatment fits your needs and is right for you.
With that being said.. I usually ask patients “once you see a dentist do you have to go forever?” Seems like a silly thought but the answer should be yes. My second question is “what is more important your spine or your teeth?” This answer is simple as well, teeth are replaceable, your spine is not. Once your initial condition has improved I typically recommend periodic chiropractic checkups to keep your spine and joints in good health.