Here are our Frequently Asked Questions. If after looking through here you have a question or would like to schedule your appointment, please fill out our contact form or call us at 843-293-8007.
1. What kinds of problems do chiropractors treat?
- A chiropractor treats people of all ages with a wide range of issues and health problems. Typically, if you have headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, even pain in arms and legs, it may well benefit you to see a chiropractor. Other patients include those with issues involving muscles, ligaments and joints.
2. Is chiropractic treatment safe?
- It is widely recognized as one of the safest treatments for neuromusculoskeletal issues. Consider this...you have back pain, and your physician recommends a strong painkiller. Is that fixing the back pain? No, it is simply masking the pain. It's not a solution. A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) will make adjustments to your body to fix the problem, not mask it. Talk to your chiropractor about any concerns you might have.
3. What type of education do chiropractors have?
- Like all health care professionals, the education requirements are extensive. The first step is a four-year university degree, with an emphasis of study in the core sciences including anatomy, physiology, etc. The program leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree is very demanding. It includes advanced study in disciplines like anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Further in-depth study continues into areas of neurology, orthopedics, x-ray technology, diagosis and procedures. Student doctors learn adjusting techniques in special classes and during clinical internships. Finally, doctors of chiropractic must pass rigorous state exams and national board exams.
4. How is a chiropractic adjustment made?
- It's a manual procedure that involves a wide range of techniques learned over the many years of education and training that a Doctor of Chiropractic receives. The chiropractor will use his/her hands to manipulate the joints and facilitate a shifting of the spine to reduce the patient's pain. Please note that while it does not seem all that complicated, it is a clinical procedure and should NEVER be attempted at home and/or by anyone unless they are a Doctor of Chiropractic!
5. Is chiropractic care expensive? Will my insurance cover it?
- A number of studies over the years have shown that chiropractic care is one of the most cost-effective forms of health care available. As with any service, fees will vary depending upon the geographic area and by the provider. Most health plans offer coverage for chiropractic care. See if your plan provides coverage, and talk with us about payment options. Many patients pay directly as they find our rates to be quite fair and cost-effective.
6. What can I expect on my first visit?
- Like all other health care providers, we'll need for you to provide us with your medical history. To save time, you can download our forms, fill them out at home, and bring them in with you. You'll then consult with Dr. Hannigan to discuss your situation and specific needs. Then you'll receive chiropractic treatment. Finally, you'll be presented with a plan of action that will outline future treatments.
7. How many visits will I need?
- That will depend upon a number of factors: the type of treatment you need, the extent of your condition/injury, how well your body responds to the adjustments, etc. Many patients come back periodically for adjustments just like going to a primary care physician or a dentist for routine maintenance and check-ups. Other patients simply come to seek pain relief for a specific issue. Dr. Hannigan will work with you to make sure that your goals are met and that you become pain-free and happy.