Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic

Q: What is Chiropractic?
A: Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in joints of the arms or legs, sciatica and headaches. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disc conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains and strains.

Q: What is a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)?
A: Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) – often referred to as Chiropractors – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Q: Can Chiropractic treatment help my back pain?
A: Although Chiropractors care for more than just back pain, Chiropractors are uniquely trained and experienced in diagnosing back problems and related disorders.

Q: How successful is Chiropractic care?
A: Typically 8 out of 10 people respond satisfactorily. Certain conditions such as advanced age or irreversible tissue damage can be non-responsive to Chiropractic treatment.

Q: Must I be in pain before I visit a Chiropractor?
A: Because back and neck problems are common, it’s a good idea to find out what to do about it before it happens – rather than after. Why wait until you’re hurting to learn about your treatment options? When you’re hurting you may not give this important decision the time and attention it needs to make the best choice.

Q: What is involved in a Chiropractic treatment?
A: The most common therapeutic procedure performed by Dr. Huskey is spinal manipulation, also called chiropractic adjustment. The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile or restricted in their movement as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event (such as improper lifting of a heavy object) or through repetitive stresses (such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time). In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation (or adjustment) of the affected joint and surrounding tissue restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain & muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Q: What type(s) of Chiropractic techniques do you utilize?
A: Dr. Huskey performs spinal and joint manipulation using Gonstead, Diversified, instrument treatment (including Impulse and Activator) and drop table treatment for sacroiliac (S.I.), lumbar and pelvis disorders. In 1998, Dr. Huskey was also certified in Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) which is used for treating muscle and soft tissue injuries, over-use syndromes and nerve entrapments.

Q: Does getting a Chiropractic adjustment hurt?
A: Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. Drinking 1 or 2 glasses of water within an hour of treatment will help flush toxins from adjusted tissues and may reduce inflammation & soreness.

Q: How many times will Dr. Huskey need to see me?
A: Frequency of treatment depends upon a patient’s condition, age and any previous surgeries affecting the area of treatment.

Q: Will Huskey Chiropractic Clinic take x-rays?
A: If recent x-rays cannot be provided by the patient or another physician, x-rays will be taken at the Clinic.

Q: Can Dr. Huskey treat pregnant women?
A: Yes, women can be treated throughout their entire pregnancy.

Q: How long should I wait after having a pain injection before getting a Chiropractic adjustment?
A: You can have an adjustment the same day.

Q: How long should I wait after having back surgery before getting a Chiropractic adjustment?
A: That depends upon the type of surgery – but usually 6 months is recommended. Before any Chiropractic adjustment after surgery, x-rays must be taken first to make sure.

Q: If I have rods, pins or screws in my back, can I get Chiropractic adjustments?
A: Yes, if it has healed properly. There are special techniques to help those patients, working above and below the hardware.

Q: How much does a Chiropractic treatment cost?
A: An office visit is $45 or more depending upon procedures performed.