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Chiropractic FAQ’s

1. How to find a good chiropractor?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic (Snohomish Chiropractor) on October 1, 2018

 How do you find a chiropractor?  It used to be browsing the chiropractic section of the yellow pages worked, but times have changed.  Here’s a few new ways, as well as ways that have worked for years.

Get a referral.  A chiropractic referral from family, friends, or your family physician is a good way to find a good chiropractor.   Most medical  doctors regularly refer to chiropractors for neck and back pain  treatment and will likely have a good chiropractor they recommend.

Search Google.  Google’s search engine for a chiropractor in your town is a great resource.  You can read reviews  and learn a little about the office from the Google search page.

Does the chiropractor have a 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.

 

2. Do chiropractic treatments hurt?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on Octobber 3, 2018.

Does getting a chiropractic treatment hurt?  As a Snohomish chiropractor this is a common question I hear, especially for those who have never been to a chiropractor before.  The answer is almost always no.  There are numerous chiropractic techniques we utilize and the one’s we use in our office, especially with new chiropractic patients, are very gentle.

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 .  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.

 

3. What is the goal of chiropractic treatment?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on October 4, 2018

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.

 

4. What does a chiropractor do?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on October 4, 2018

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.

 

5. When should a chiropractor take x-rays?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on October 4, 2018

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.

 

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

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic (Snohomish Chiropractor) on October 4, 2018

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 website www.snohomishchiropractic.com or call my office at (360)568-3121.  Good luck.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

 

7. Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on October 4, 2018

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.

 

8. Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on October 21, 2018

A referral is usually not needed to see a chiropractor; however, your health insurance plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a chiropractor.  Click on the insurance section of our website to find out more about insurance coverage and call our office at (360) 568-3121 if you have any more questions, and to make an appointment.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

 

9. What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on October 21, 2018

Chiropractors care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions.  Chiropractors are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches. 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.  A chiropractor will also often counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

Call our office at (360) 568-3121 to answer any questions you have, and to make an appointment.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

 

10. Can children receive chiropractic care?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on October 22, 2018

The answer is yes, children can benefit from chiropractic treatment. Children are ususally physically active and experience different types of falls or blows from participation in athletics or just playing with friends on the playground. These falls or injuries can  cause symptoms such as neck or back pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Our chiropractic treatment is always adapted to the individual patient, so of course the chiropractic manipulation that a child would receive would be more gentle and a lighter force treatment than that of an adult.

If you think your child is in need of chiropractic treatment, call our office at (360) 568-3121 to schedule an appointment.  You can also talk to the chiropractor before your child is seen to get a sense of what the treatment for your child would involve.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

 

11. What is the popping sound I hear what my back is adjusted?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on October 24, 2018

An adjustment or spinal manipulation will often result in the release of a gas bubble between the two adjacent vertebra within the joint itself, which makes a popping sound. It’s similar to the sound you hear when you “crack” your knuckles. The sound is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.

If you have any other questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call our office at (360) 568-3121.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

 

12. How long until I start feeling better?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on January 2, 2019.

Some patients report feeling immediate relief after a chiropractic treatment.  Others may take several treatments or more to see relief, depending on several factors.  Some of these factors include how long you’ve had the problems, the degree of the structural misalignments causing your condition, your age and overall health, how quickly your body responds to chiropractic care, as well as other factors.  Usually after two weeks of treatment you should see some improvement of your condition.  If you do not, we would discuss other options or changes in your treatment protocol because you should normallly feel some improvement after two weeks.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

 

13. Is it OK to get chiropractic treatment if I’m pregnant?

Posted by Dr. Milan Stojakovic, DC (Snohomish Chiropractor) on January 2, 2019.

Generally, it is safe to get chiropractic treatment during your pregnancy.  As your baby grows, the additional weight puts extra strain on your back and can cause pain.  Chiropractic treatment, as well as massage therapy, can be very effective in alleviating this pain.  Each patient is evaluated individually and the decision whether to treat a particular patient and what method to use will be individualized for each patient.  If you are pregnant and are experiencing back pain and discomfort, get a chiropractic evaluation to see if you would benefit from treatment during your pregnancy.

I personally provided chiropractic care for my wife during both her pregnancies right through the third trimester, and was fortunately able to give her some relief of back pain she was experiencing.

By Dr. Milan Stojakovic, Snohomish Chiropractor.

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