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The following are a short list of frequently asked questions that we hear quite often at the office or in town. If you have a question, please feel free to ask Dr. Wight during your appointment or call his office. He enjoys spending time answering questions and discussing treatment options with his patients.

Are chiropractors real doctors?
What type of conditions do you treat?
Is chiropractic similar to physical therapy?
Is chiropractic similar to massage?
Do I have to see my medical doctor first?
Do you accept insurance?
Do I have to come in for the rest of my life?
What’s that popping sound when I’m adjusted?
So I crack my own back, what’s the big deal?
Is it safe to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
I had back surgery, is it safe to see you?

Q: Are chiropractors real doctors?

A: Yes. Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) are primary healthcare providers as deemed by the United States Government. The U.S. Government states that chiropractors can provide all three levels of primary care interventions and are therefore classified as primary care providers identical to Medical Doctors (M.D.) and Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.).
As primary care physicians, they can provide referrals to specialists,
when deemed necessary, and function similarly to family practice doctors.

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Q: What type of conditions do you treat?

A: As a chiropractic physician, I treat conditions such as back pain, joint pain, neck pain, headaches, as well as sciatica. I also treat patients with degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis), disc herniation, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains.

In addition to these, the scope of practice granted to chiropractors goes well beyond the neuromusculoskeletal system. I am also trained to treat conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, non-suppurative otitis media, and a plethora of others.

With my extensive education, I am qualified to diagnose many healthcare problems, treat the problems when they are within my scope of practice, and refer patients to other healthcare practitioners when appropriate.

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Q: Is chiropractic similar to physical therapy?

A: No. Unlike physical therapists, Doctors of Chiropractic are primary care physicians who are qualified to diagnose and treat conditions.

In addition, Doctors of Chiropractic have a doctorate degree and traditionally, more years of education. A physical therapist has a very limited scope of practice while a Doctor of Chiropractic has a very broad scope of practice. Doctors of Chiropractic are able to be reimbursed for a variety
of conditions by insurance companies and Medicare while physical therapists are quite limited.

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Q: Is chiropractic similar to massage?

A: A Doctor of Chiropractic can diagnose and treat every organ system of the human body and practically every health care condition. On the other hand, a massage therapist is limited to working in areas dealing with muscle tension, circulation, body fluid drainage, and so forth.

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Q: Do I have to see my medical doctor first?

A: No. Since chiropractic physicans are primary care doctors, no referral is necessary. On the flip side, many chiropractors refer to medical specialists if needed.

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Q: Do you accept insurance?

A: For a majority of people, health insurance does cover chiropractic care. In the event that your health insurance does not, please know that we are willing to work with you in any way that we can. Don’t let a lack of financial resources prevent you from getting the healthcare that you deserve. Many of our patients utilize our affordable Time of Service Plans.

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Q: Do I have to come in for the rest of my life?

A: It depends on how you look at life. If you really care about your health, then I’m sure you already take preventative measures such as going to the dentist for the routine check-up. Chiropractic care is no different. Once you feel what it’s like to have a body which is balanced, less stressed, and more energetic, you probably won’t want to go back to the state where you may have been. While I’m not advocating coming in once a week or even once a month when you’re in a healthy state, I do advocate coming in for that periodic check-up. All in all, you’re the one in charge, I’m merely one who’s offering you a peak in your performance.

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Q: What’s that popping sound when I’m adjusted?

A: The popping sound also known as a cavitation is caused by gas rushing into the joint then escaping as the joint is separated during the adjustment. While this sound is interesting, it isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment. Some adjusting techniques create no sound at all, while others may sound as if the walls are falling down.

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Q: I crack my own back, do I still need a chiropractor?

A: The desire to "pop" or "crack" a joint is often caused by tension from a jammed or fixated joint segment. This causes other parts of the spine or joint structures in question to compensate by moving too much with the potential of popping a lot. The restricted joints should be adjusted by a chiropractor, so that the rest of the spinal column (or joint structure) will become more balanced and move in a more natural motion.

If you continue to self adjust then the joints above or below the restricted area may begin to wear and tear prematurely leading to conditions such as degeneration joint disease and arthritis. In reality, that joint that you think is being adjusted when you crack it yourself, usually isn’t. It’s the extensive training of a chiropractor, who has the ability to adjust the restricted joints in question properly.

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Q: Is it safe to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

A: Yes. Many expectant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments neuromusculoskeletal system adjustments improve their pregnancy and even improve their delivery. In the case of pregnancy, adjusting methods are adapted to a patient’s health condition, weight, size, and age.

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Q: I had back surgery, is it safe to see you?

A: Of course. Many times adjusting methods are adapted to a patient’s health condition, weight, size, and age.

Unfortunately, up to half of those who have had spinal surgery, discover a return of their original symptoms months or even years later. Many people don’t realize that if chiropractic care had been utilized initially then back surgery could have possibly been avoided.

The first approach to healthcare issues should always be approached from the most conservative therapy available. Only after other conservative methods have been exhausted, should more aggressive approaches, like drugs and surgery, be implemented.

At Wight Chiropractic, our goal is to educate, prevent, and treat our patients with conservative approaches such as chiropractic care before recommending aggressive therapies.

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