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Welcome to our website, we’re glad you found us.  If you’re computer doesn’t have speakers, browse the links above to learn more about our clinic and what we can do to help you get rid of your pain.  If your computer has speakers, start at number 1…

 

 

1. Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor welcomes you…

 

 

2. Next, click on and watch the video below that describes your condition…

 

 

Whiplash/Car Accident Injury

Neck Pain/Headaches

Back Pain/Sciatica

3. Browse the links at the top of the page for more information, and print out the new patient forms to fill out before your first visit…

 

4. Call (360)568-3121 now to schedule an appointment, and get back on the path to a pain free life again!

 

 

Snohomish Chiropractor – FAQ’s

Here’s some common questions you might have…

How to find a good chiropractor?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic (Snohomish Chiropractor) on 2009-12-04
One question I’ve often been asked is how do I choose a  chiropractor?  Here are a few guidelines that will help you find a great  chiropractor.

The first one is, get a referral.  Ask friends, family, or  co-workers if they know a good chiropractor, or whom do they see?  Also,  ask your primary care physician whom they recommend.  Most medical  doctors regularly refer to chiropractors for neck and back pain  treatment and will likely have a good chiropractor they recommend.

Look at the chiropractor’s website.  Websites are great sources of  information about the chiropractor and his/her office.  Learn as much as  you can about the chiropractor from the comfort of your home.  On our  website, http://snohomishchiropractic.com,  we not only have a lot of information about me and my office, but I’ve  also posted several videos where I explain different aspects of my  office and the treatment I provide.  If you feel comfortable with the  information on the website, call for a consultation.

Meet with a chiropractor for a few minutes to see if you feel  comfortable with the chiropractor and confident in his/her abilities.   If you do, go ahead and make your appointment.  Also, ask a lot of  questions.  I tell people to write down all your questions at home as  you think of them.  It’s difficult to remember all of them when you’re  in the office.  Although we can’t take all day answering questions, a  good chiropractor will go over all your questions and concerns, so that  you feel comfortable with your treatment plan.  As a Snohomish chiropractor, I constantly encourage  questions in my office.  An informed patient is a good patient.

If you follow these guidelines, you’ll find a great chiropractor.   Feel free to call me at (360)568-3121 if you have any questions.  I’m  located in Snohomish next to Safeway.  Good luck!

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

 

Do chiropractic treatments hurt?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on 2009-12-13 01:17:22

Does getting a chiropractic treatment hurt?  As a Snohomish chiropractor I get this question all the time, especially for those who have never been to a chiropractor before.  The answer is no.  There are many chiropractic techniques and the ones I utilize in my office are some of the most gentle techniques we have.

It is not unusual to have some slight soreness after the first treatment, similar to the kind of muscle soreness you might experience after exercising for the first time in years.  In my clinical experience I would estimate about 25% of first time patients experience some slight soreness after the first treatment.

I typically recommend applying an icepack for 20 minutes after the first treatment, which usually relieves the soreness almost immediately.  Once the soreness is gone, the patient notices their pain level is greatly reduced.  It is rare to experience any soreness after the second treatment, only relief.

If you are concerned whether the chiropractic treatment will hurt, make sure to discuss this with your chiropractor before you begin care.  He or she can choose a gentler technique, one that will not cause you any pain, and a minimal amount of soreness.  If you have other questions, feel free to browse my website, www.snohomishchiropractic.com, or call me at (360)568-3121.  Good luck.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

What is the goal of chiropractic treatment?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on 2009-12-09 11:31:59

Being a Snohomish chiropractor I get this question all the time.  When you first come to see a chiropractor, you are usually in pain and want to get rid of your pain as quickly as possible.  This is the main focus of chiropractic treatment, but not the only goal.  The following will tell you how get the most from your chiropractic care.

The first goal of chiropractic treatment is to get you out of pain.  When you first begin chiropractic care, the treatment schedule and the type of treatment is what we call initial intensive, meaning the treatment will be rigorous, and the visits will be spaced closer together in order to break the pain cycle.  The goal is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible.  Once you’re out of pain we switch to phase two of chiropractic care.

The second phase of chiropractic care is rehabilitative care.  The goal of this phase is to strengthen the surrounding muscle structure, so that the vertebrae do not misalign and the pain doesn’t return.  This will involve exercises and stretching, most of which can be done at home, as well as continued chiropractic treatment.  As the surrounding structures become stronger and more flexible they will hold the vertebrae in proper alignment longer, allowing us to reduce the chiropractic treatment frequency.  Unfortunately, some people never get to this phase.  They discontinue chiropractic treatment once they are out of pain.  They will inevitably return because if the surrounding muscle structure is not strengthened, the vertebrae will eventually misalign, and the pain will return.  We then have to start with phase one again.

When the muscles that surround the vertebral column are strong and flexible, and holding the vertebrae in alignment, we’re done!  I release my patient from care, and encourage them to keep up with their stretches and exercises.  At this point, they only return for treatment as needed.  Should the pain return, they know to get in for a chiropractic treatment ASAP.  If they can get in right away, usually one or two treatments is all they need to get right back to pain free living.

Many of my patients are enjoying life without back or neck pain after years of suffering, after having followed this treatment plan.  You can too.  Call my office at (360)568-3121 or look through our website www.snohomishchiropractic.com if you have any other questions.  I’m located in Snohomish next to Safeway.  Good luck.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

What does a chiropractor do?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on 2009-12-08 20:22:43

If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, you might be a little apprehensive.  You might have heard stories about chiropractors, and are not quite sure what to expect.  How do you find a good chiropractor, what is chiropractic, does a chiropractic treatment hurt?  Where do you start?

As a Snohomish chiropractor I get these types of questions all the time.  I’ll try to answer some of your questions here.  Look through the rest of my website www.snohomishchiropractic.com and you’ll find the answers to some of your questions as well.

Firstly, chiropractic education is not what it once was.  Today, a chiropractor’s education is much more comprehensive than it was thirty years ago.  Most chiropractors, including myself, will have a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  The first degree is not unlike the same degree medical or dental students will attain (mine was a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology).  The second degree is the one in which you specialize in the type of care you want to provide.  The chiropractic program is 4 years long (on top of the 4 years for the first degree), and I can tell you it is a rigorous graduate program.  After completing the program, you not only have to pass national board exams, but state board exams as well.  If your chiropractor graduated within the last 20 years, believe me, they received a comprehensive education.

What chiropractic treatment involves is a little difficult to explain in a few paragraphs, but I’ll try to summarize.  The body is divided or classified into systems.  For example we have a reproductive system, a musculoskeletal system, a cardiovascular system, as well as many others.  The most important system, the one that controls and regulates all other systems is the nervous system.  The nervous system is comprised of the brain and the nerves that go throughout the body.  The main branch from the brain where most of the body’s nerves originate from is the spinal cord.  Because the spinal cord is such an important structure, it is protected by a bony housing called the vertebral column.  As the nerves branch off the spinal cord to go throughout the body, they pass through openings between the individual bones (vertebrae) that make up the vertebral column.  If individual vertebrae are misaligned they narrow the opening that the nerve root passes through, and this can irritate the nerve as it passes through the opening.  The result is usually localized pain, ie. back or neck pain, as well as other symptoms.  What chiropractors do is realign the vertebrae, remove the irritation to the nerve root, and the pain and other symptoms go away.  There are other ways a nerve root can be irritated, there are other structures involved like ligaments and muscles, and each individual case has different factors involved, but this is essentially what causes a lot of neck and back pain.

The realignment of the individual vertebrae can be accomplished in several ways.  Typically it will involve some stretching of the muscles surrounding the vertebrae, followed by a manipulation of the individual segment or segments.  The manipulation is usually a light push or pull of an individual vertebrae while the patient lies face down, face up, on their side, or even sitting in a chair.  The treatment doesn’t hurt, and relief from the pain typically follows pretty quickly after the manipulation.

Where do you start?  Well, firstly doing exactly what you’re doing now: gather information.  Getting a referral from a friend or family member is another good way to find a chiropractor.  Ask your medical doctor if they could recommend a good chiropractor.  Once you have a chiropractor in mind, set up a time to meet with him or her.  Discuss your problems, ask questions, and see if you feel comfortable with the chiropractor and his or her answers.  If you do, set up an appointment.

Although certain conditions take longer to correct, you’ll know after a few sessions if the chiropractic treatment is helping.  Follow the chiropractor’s advice, give the treatment a good chance to work.  People are getting relief from back and neck pain every day with chiropractic treatment.  Hopefully you will too.  If you have any other questions about chiropractic or your specific condition, feel free to give me a call at (360)568-3121.  I’m located in Snohomish next to Safeway.  Good luck.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

When should a chiropractor take x-rays?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on 2009-12-10 18:31:19

As a Snohomish chiropractor I’m often asked, when should a patient have x-rays taken?  My answer is, it depends.  There are many factors that will determine whether I will recommend x-rays.

After taking a case history, I’ll learn more about what brought you to my office.  Some of the questions I’ll ask include, how long has the problem been bothering you, how it occurred, what makes it worse, what makes it better?  Was it a trauma or accident that brought it on, or did it seem to come on for no reason?

After taking a thorough case history, I’ll perform an examination of the area.  I’ll do orthopaedic tests and other tests to come up with a working diagnosis, from which I will start to formulate a treatment plan.

Taking all this information into account, as well as the age of the patient, previous medical history, previous history of chiropractic treatment, previous x-rays taken, as well as other factors, I’ll make a determination whether x-rays should be taken.

So you see a lot goes into the decision whether x-rays should be taken.  If there is a good reason to take x-rays I will.  It is a good diagnostic tool, and combined with a good case history and examination, gives me a better overall picture of the problem and helps me formulate an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

If you have other questions, look through our website, www.snohomishchiropractic.com, or call me at (360)568-3121.  Good luck.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

Once I see a chiropractor, do I have to keep coming back?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic (Snohomish Chiropractor) on 2009-12-11 17:34:37

As a Snohomish chiropractor, I’ve heard this question asked many times, and I suspect this is one of the biggest fears preventing some people from seeking chiropractic treatment.  Now I can’t speak for other chiropractors, only for myself, but the answer is an unequivocal no, once you start seeing a chiropractor you don’t have to keep coming back for life.

Depending on the condition you present to my office with, you may need as little as one treatment, or as many as several months of care.  It just depends what the problem is.  I will design your specific treatment plan to fix your problem, I’ll give you some stretches and exercises to maintain your back or neck at home, and you’re done.

Once I’ve released a patient from care, they might come back at some time in the future if their back or neck starts bothering them again, and some like to come in once in a while for a tuneup, but I leave that up to the patient, and I certainly don’t require patients to keep coming back for ever and ever.

If you have other questions, have a look through my websitewww.snohomishchiropractic.com or call my office at (360)568-3121.  Good luck.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on 2009-12-13 11:21:47

Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?  How much is all this going to cost me?  These are definite concerns patients have when deciding whether to seek chiropractic treatment, and as a Snohomish chiropractor I get this question all the time.  The answer is, it depends.

Most regular health insurance covers chiropractic treatment, but it depends on the insurance plan as to how much.  Health insurers know chiropractic treatment is an effective, less expensive alternative to some conventional treatments for neck or back pain, so the coverage is usually pretty good.  Call our office at (360)568-3121 and Sandy can check your coverage for you, so that you know exactly what your coverage is before you begin care.

Auto injuries and work injuries are covered under different types of insurance, auto insurance and Washington state Labor and Industries insurance.  In Washington State the coverage for chiropractic care under these insurance types is excellent, and usually covers 100% of the chiropractic treatment costs, leaving no out of pocket cost to the patient.

If you have no insurance coverage, don’t rule out seeking treatment.  Our treatment costs are very reasonable, and we can set up payment plans if necessary.  Missing time from work due to neck or back pain will definitely cost you more.

Click on the insurance section of our website, www.snohomishchiropractic.com to find out more about insurance coverage and to see if we accept your insurance, or call our office at (360)568-3121 to find out more information.  Good luck.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.