Is chiropractic manipulation safe?
Chiropractic manipulation is one of the safest treatments available. However with all therapies, there are risks to chiropractic manipulation. The most common side effects are soreness/discomfort, headaches, tiredness, and radiating discomfort which typically resolve within 48 hours. Serious complications include fracture and stroke. In two studies from the journal Spine, the risk of a vertebrobasilar artery (VBA) stroke was 1 per 400,000 to 1 million cervical adjustments. For reference, the odds of being struck by lightening in a given year is 1 in 700,000. The research shows that manipulation does not cause a stroke, but is likely already in progress by someone seeking treatment. The risk of having a stroke at a medical or a chiropractic clinic are about the same.
Resources: Cassidy, 2008. Rubinstein, 2007. Thiel, 2007.
What education do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors attend 3-4 years of undergraduate training before attending chiropractic college. Chiropractic college is a 4 year graduate level program consisting of training in the basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, neurology) and in clinical sciences (differential diagnosis, chiropractic technique). Chiropractors must also pass a 4 part national chiropractic examination before applying for licensure.
Where can I download your new patient paperwork?
You can download our new patient paperwork by clicking here.
Do you take my health insurance?
We accept most of the major health insurance plans. The networks we participate in can be found on our accepted insurance page. For specific coverage details on your plan, we strongly encourage you to contact your insurance company to verify your benefits for both chiropractic and physical medicine. Our insurance verification form provides some of the most common questions you should ask about your benefits.
Once I start coming, do I have to come forever?
Our goal is to get you back to your life as quickly as possible. While some people do opt to have regular tune ups, it is not necessary and depends on the individual.
I have a disc herniation, can Velocity Sports Rehab still help me?
Low back disc herniations are present in the symptomatic population 90% of the time. Unfortunately, disc herniations are also present in 28-50% of the asymptomatic population. The presence of a disc herniation does not always correlate with your symptoms. Correcting movement dysfunctions and muscle imbalances can usually help alleviate your pain.
Do I need a referral to see someone at Velocity Sports Rehab?
You do not need a referral to see us, but we do encourage collaboration with any providers you are currently seeing.
Are you going to take an X-ray of my spine?
X-rays are not necessary for most conditions that we see. If your condition requires an X-ray, we will refer you to an imaging center.
Should I get imaging before seeing someone at Velocity Sports Rehab?
Imaging is not typically needed before seeing someone at Velocity Sports Rehab. If we think you need special imaging, we will refer you to an imaging center. If you have had previous images, please bring them to your appointment.