Do I need a referral?
Most insurance plans do not require a referral from your primary care doctor (PPO). Because a chiropractor is a specialist, HMO insurance plans require a referral. If you have an HMO you may need a referral prior to coming in. However, if you are unsure you may call us with questions. Sometimes we may set up the referral in the office.
Does the Adjustment "Hurt"?
The Chiropractic adjustment is usually pain free. Sometimes you may experience some soreness after the adjustment which is normal. A detailed examination and history is performed and any risks pertinent to your health and specific condition will be explained in detail after your assessment.
Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic treatment is very safe. While any form of health care contains a degree of inherent risk, there is very low risk when being treated by a licensed chiropractic practitioner. Statistics show that patient risk is substantially lower with chiropractic care as compared to conventional medical care.
Will I be sore after a Graston Treatment?
A common outcome of successful treatment is tenderness and bruising. The Graston instruments are breaking up adhesions and restrictions in injured soft tissue structures. Our doctors will always start conservatively to the patient's tolerance. Typically after your initial treatment you become accustomed to the instruments and Graston becomes a vital part of your therapy.
What if I do not have insurance?
No insurance, no problem! We offer affordable cash based plans to fit everyone's budget. Waitkevich Chiropractic offers the most competitive cash rates in the Philadelphia region. We will find the plan that best suits your needs. Feel free to call the office and ask about our current specials!!!
Are chiropractors “real” doctors?
Although there are many ways to earn the title of "Doctor," only an M.D.(Medical Doctor), D.C.(Doctor of Chiropractic), and D.O.(Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) are considered primary contact physicians. A chiropractor is highly trained, with four years of undergraduate prerequisite course work and five years of chiropractic professional study.
Chiropractic students spend nearly 5,000 hours studying the human spine and it's related functions prior to licenser. Student interns rotate through a variety of clinics and hospitals prior to treating patients in their own practice.
Not only are chiropractors “real” doctors, they are considered specialists in neuromuscular and skeletal diagnosis and treatment, and are often asked to consult on a patient’s condition by primary care and orthopedic physicians.
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound – it’s exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released.
Once I get adjusted do I always have to get adjusted?
Most of our patient's are under specific managed care plans in our office; However, every patient is different. Treatments may be as many as 3 times a week in the beginning and decrease as you begin to improve. Once you feel better and are discharged we encourage you to come in for periodic checkups (every 1-2 months) or as needed. Adjustments are a good way to maintain a healthy spine and prevent future injuries and degenerative change.