Some questions we here all the time at Seaside Spine.
General Chiropractic FAQs
What is chiropractic care? Answer: Chiropractic care is a non-invasive form of healthcare that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine.
How does chiropractic care work? Answer: Chiropractors perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal to correct alignment problems, reduce pain, and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Is chiropractic treatment safe? Answer: Yes, when performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor, chiropractic treatment is safe and effective.
How many chiropractic sessions will I need? Answer: The number of sessions needed depends on the individual patient, the condition being treated, and how the patient responds to treatment. This will be determined after an initial consultation and assessment.
What types of pain can chiropractors treat? Answer: Chiropractors can treat a wide range of pain including back pain, neck pain, headaches, and pain in the joints of the arms or legs.
Seaside Spine Specific FAQs
I have a herniated disk and was told by my doctor that I will probably need surgery. Why should I come to Seaside Spine? Answer: Herniated discs are one of the most common conditions treated in our office. Less than 3% of disc herniations treated in our office will require surgery. We have exceptional rehabilitation outcomes for healing herniated discs and will gladly communicate with your physician throughout the process.
I thought chiropractors only treated a person’s back? Answer: This is a major misconception. It is quite common for spinal imbalances and poor posture to cause injuries to the hip, knees, shoulders and arms. Dr. Barbee is specially trained to detect and treat these imbalances and, at the same time, provide treatments to cure tendinitis, bursitis, muscle tears and trigger points. We are full body soft-tissue specialists at Seaside Spine.
How long is an office visit at Seaside Spine? Answer: Your first visit generally takes about 90 minutes. This time includes consultation, examination and, of course, treatment to get you on your way to healing. Follow-up treatments are anywhere between 45 and 60 minutes depending on the complexity of your condition.
My friend told me that if I went to a chiropractor I would have to go the rest of my life. Is this true? Answer: At Seaside Spine, we strive to permanently “fix” the cause of your problems so you will not experience future recurrences. We give you all the necessary tools to self-manage, (exercise advice, sleep aids, posture stretches, etc.) Our goal is to empower you to stay healthy and, once you’re better, you’re discharged!
I have already been to several sports medicine doctors and tried physical therapy and I am still not better. How will Seaside Spine help me? Answer: We feel your frustration. We often see patients who feel failed by other doctors because their condition did not respond to conventional methods. We find in most chronic cases there is scar tissue buildup that limits joint movement and produces pain. By detecting and treating these pain producing adhesions, relief is immediate and you finally realize you are in the right place.
Can Seaside Spine communicate with my personal trainer? How should I exercise while injured? Answer: We are actively involved in the education of personal trainers around the community. We are happy to contact your trainer and give them an understanding of your condition as well as an exercise prescription that will allow you continue to exercise even while injured.
Personal Injury FAQs
What is personal injury protection? Answer: Personal injury protection, also known as PIP, is insurance that covers you and those in your household for auto accident related injuries regardless of who is at fault. Florida law requires that all drivers carry PIP coverage of at least $10,000.
Why do I have pain in my arms and hands after an accident? Answer: The nerves that run to your arms and hands exit the spine through the injured part of the neck. Neck and lower back pain can result directly from the trauma of the accident, or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curvature.
Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident? Answer: Whether you have been in an auto accident or over- exerted yourself at work, your body is constantly adapting to its surroundings. When your body is exhausted and can no longer adapt, symptoms can appear. It can take weeks, even months to occur.
How does Seaside Spine handle personal injury cases? Answer: At Seaside Spine, we have a comprehensive approach to handling personal injury cases. We provide an in-depth examination, diagnosis, and personalized treatment plan to help our patients recover from their injuries.
Chiropractic Techniques FAQs
What techniques do you use at Seaside Spine? Answer: At Seaside Spine, we use a variety of chiropractic techniques tailored to the individual’s needs. These may include spinal adjustments, manual therapy, rehabilitation exercises, and lifestyle advice.
What is spinal manipulation or adjustment? Answer: Spinal manipulation, also called spinal manipulative therapy or adjustment, is a technique that chiropractors use to treat certain types of back and neck pain. This procedure involves using the hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine.
What is spinal decompression? Answer: Spinal decompression is a type of traction therapy that can help relieve pain associated with spinal disc herniation, degenerative spinal discs, and facet joint syndromes.
What is dry needling? Answer: Dry needling is a technique used to treat muscle pain. Using a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, a practitioner inserts the needle into areas of the muscle known as trigger points.
Pregnancy and Chiropractic FAQs
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy? Answer: Yes, chiropractic care is generally safe during pregnancy. It can help manage pain in your back, hips, and joints, as well as establish pelvic balance, which can provide your baby with as much space as possible over the course of your pregnancy.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy? Answer: Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help manage pain in your back, hips, and joints. It can also help establish pelvic balance, providing your baby with as much space as possible.
How often should I get adjusted while pregnant? Answer: The frequency of adjustments can vary based on your specific needs and your chiropractor’s recommendations. It’s essential to discuss this with your chiropractor to determine the best plan for your individual circumstances.
Children and Chiropractic FAQs
Is chiropractic care safe for children? Answer: Yes, chiropractic care is generally safe for children. Chiropractors have been trained to provide gentle care to infants and children.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care for children? Answer: Chiropractic care can help manage a variety of health conditions in children such as sleep issues, digestive problems, behavior issues, and certain types of injuries.
Can chiropractic care help with my child’s chronic ear infections? Answer: Some research suggests that chiropractic care may help reduce the frequency of ear infections in children. However, it’s important to discuss this with your pediatrician and a licensed chiropractor.
Recovery and Rehabilitation FAQs
How can Seaside Spine help with my sports injury? Answer: Seaside Spine offers a holistic approach to sports injuries. We not only focus on relieving symptoms but also on identifying the root cause to prevent future recurrences. Treatments can include adjustments, soft tissue therapies, rehabilitation exercises, and advice on diet and lifestyle.
I’ve had a car accident. How can chiropractic care assist in my recovery? Answer: Chiropractic care can help restore mobility, reduce pain, and expedite recovery after a car accident. Treatments can alleviate discomfort from whiplash, headaches, back pain, and other common car accident injuries.
Can chiropractic care help with recovery after surgery? Answer: Yes, chiropractic care can play a role in post-operative recovery. By helping to improve mobility, manage pain, and strengthen muscles, chiropractic care can assist in a quicker, smoother recovery.
Health and Wellness FAQs
How does chiropractic care support overall wellness? Answer: Chiropractic care helps to maintain the body’s alignment and movement, thereby supporting overall health. Regular adjustments can enhance sleep quality, improve posture, boost the immune system, improve athletic performance, and help maintain good overall health.
Can chiropractic care improve my immunity? Answer: Yes, some studies suggest that chiropractic adjustments may boost certain markers of immune function.
How does chiropractic care enhance athletic performance? Answer: Chiropractic care can help athletes by enhancing mobility, speeding up recovery times, improving strength and balance, and reducing the risk of injury.
Preventative Care FAQs
How can chiropractic care help prevent back and neck pain? Answer: Regular chiropractic care can help maintain proper alignment and balance, which in turn can prevent common issues like back and neck pain. Your chiropractor can also provide advice on exercises, posture, and ergonomics to help prevent pain.
Can regular chiropractic adjustments prevent joint problems later in life? Answer: Yes, regular chiropractic care can help maintain healthy joint function, potentially reducing the risk of issues like arthritis later in life.
I work at a desk job. How can chiropractic care help prevent work-related problems? Answer: For people with desk jobs, regular chiropractic care can help alleviate and prevent problems related to posture and repetitive strain. Your chiropractor can provide advice on ergonomics, exercises, and stretching to help you stay healthy.
Family Chiropractic FAQs
Can children benefit from chiropractic care at Seaside Spine? Answer: Absolutely, children can greatly benefit from chiropractic care. It can help with common issues like sports injuries, scoliosis, and even sleep problems. We offer gentle treatments appropriate for our younger patients.
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy? Answer: Yes, chiropractic care is safe and often very beneficial during pregnancy. It can help manage back pain, improve balance, and may even contribute to a smoother delivery.
Can elderly patients receive chiropractic treatment? Answer: Certainly. Chiropractic care can help manage age-related conditions like osteoarthritis, improve balance, and enhance overall mobility and quality of life.
Diet and Lifestyle FAQs
Does Seaside Spine provide nutritional guidance? Answer: Yes, as part of our holistic approach, we offer nutritional advice tailored to individual needs and health goals.
Can you recommend exercises to complement chiropractic care? Answer: Definitely. We can provide tailored exercise plans that align with your chiropractic treatments to help improve your health and speed up recovery.
How does stress impact my spine and can chiropractic care help? Answer: Stress can lead to muscle tension and consequent misalignments in the spine. Chiropractic care, along with stress management techniques, can help manage these issues.
Chiropractic Techniques FAQs
What is the Activator Method? Answer: The Activator Method uses a small handheld instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint.
What is the Graston Technique? Answer: The Graston Technique involves using stainless steel instruments to help detect and treat areas of scar tissue or adhesions in muscles, tendons, and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfunction.
What is spinal decompression? Answer: Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment intended to relieve back pain and associated conditions like sciatica. It involves gently stretching the spine to alleviate pressure.
How does laser therapy work in chiropractic care? Answer: Laser therapy, or cold laser therapy, involves the use of specific wavelengths of light to stimulate healing. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, reducing inflammation and pain.
What should I expect after my first chiropractic adjustment? Answer: After your first chiropractic adjustment, it’s normal to experience some minor discomfort, similar to what you might feel after a workout. This typically fades within 24 hours. Many patients also report feeling more relaxed and noticing a decrease in pain.
Can I exercise after my adjustment? Answer: We usually recommend patients to take it easy immediately after their adjustment. However, light exercise such as walking can be beneficial. Your chiropractor will provide specific recommendations based on your individual situation.
Is it normal to hear a popping sound during an adjustment? Answer: Yes, the popping sound is normal and is due to the release of gas bubbles when the joints are adjusted. It’s similar to the sound you hear when you crack your knuckles.
Preventive Care FAQs
Can I see a chiropractor even if I’m not in pain? Answer: Yes, chiropractic care isn’t only for pain relief. Regular adjustments can improve your overall health and help prevent future problems.
How can I maintain the benefits of chiropractic care? Answer: Regular adjustments, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and good posture can all help you maintain the benefits of chiropractic care.
Can chiropractic care boost my immune system? Answer: Studies suggest that chiropractic care, which helps to improve your nervous system, can also boost your immune system. A healthy immune system is essential for overall health and well-being.
Chiropractic vs Other Therapies FAQs
How does chiropractic care compare to physical therapy? Answer: While both physical therapy and chiropractic care help patients with pain and mobility, they have different approaches. Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosing and treating disorders related to the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine, while physical therapy aims to restore the patient’s ability to move and function.
Can chiropractic care replace the need for surgery? Answer: In some cases, chiropractic care can help patients avoid surgery by effectively treating their conditions. However, every case is unique and we evaluate the best treatment options for each individual.
Can chiropractic adjustments replace the need for medications? Answer: While chiropractic care can help manage or even eliminate some types of pain, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider before stopping any prescribed medication.