Can Chiropractors Prescribe Medication?

Chiropractors cannot prescribe medication, but many of our patients don't require medication to see results. They often visit us after discovering that conventional treatments mask their symptoms instead of addressing the root cause of them. We want to help your body heal, not just provide temporary relief from your pain or discomfort.

Can Adjustments Make My Spine Too Loose?

Your spine is resilient, and it's equipped to handle gentle manipulation from a professional chiropractor. We make sure of this before we offer chiropractic care, which is why new patients must schedule an initial consultation. We only treat the spinal joints that need attention.

Why Is My Spine Out of Whack?

The demands of modern life trigger many spinal issues. Every patient develops symptoms for different reasons, but common culprits include:

  • Automobile accidents

  • Work-related injuries

  • Fall-related injuries

  • Pregnancy or other medical conditions

  • Frequent use of electronics or digital devices

  • Heavy lifting

  • Emotional stress

  • Obesity

  • Physical activities, including yard work, sports, and exercise routines

 

It's difficult to avoid every potentially damaging activity. Some of our patients visit us after pulling a muscle while vacuuming or mopping. You can also damage your spine by sleeping on the wrong type of mattress or pillow. When you visit Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine, we can evaluate your lifestyle and offer advice on how to prevent future issues.

How do I know if I need to see a chiropractor?

Chiropractors often help with the kinds of problems where people have been everywhere and not been helped. If you’ve had a serious accident, desperately need surgery or are suffering from a life threatening illness you need medical care. If you’ve had the medical all clear but are still having problems then you might find chiropractic care can help you.

 

We believe that receiving chiropractic care, to help make sure your spinal joints are moving correctly, is an essential part of being healthy. Just like a balanced diet, regular dental check-ups and being active, chiropractic care can help contribute to maintaining your wellbeing. Everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, needs to move well, think well and eat well. Whether you have a specific problem or not, we believe regular chiropractic checks can help identify and deal with problems before they have a more severe impact. You have regular dental check-ups; you get your car serviced regularly so it does not break down, so why not get a regular MOT to look after your spine?

What results can I expect from treatment?

Your response to treatment depends on your condition, the length of time you have had the problem, your age and the degree of your disability. Your chiropractic doctor will tell you the frequency and length of treatment typically recommended for your condition.

 

People choose chiropractic as they often get quick results. Individual cases vary and chronic conditions obviously need more treatment, but studies show that people with low back pain get back to work much faster with chiropractic care.

 

You might also consider the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments even when you feel healthy. Sometimes you won’t know you have a disorder of the joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves until it becomes acute and painful. So, just as you see your dentist to have your teeth checked and the optician for eye exams, regular visits to your chiropractor can catch related health conditions early, the theory being that this helps prevent them from developing into more severe pain episodes. Remember, your spine is  susceptible to wear and tear like your teeth and your eyes so we recommend a regular service to look after it.

How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?

The hands-on nature of chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.

Is chiropractic treatment effective?

Typically, yes, chiropractic treatment is effective. Chiropractic care is adapted to the individual, and it's generally gentle. Of course, as with any other type of medical treatment, chiropractic does carry some risks, such as increased pain and injury. Before seeing a doctor of chiropractic, be sure he or she is completely qualified to treat your spine condition. Your chiropractor should be board-qualified and licensed.

 

You can check a chiropractor's credentials on the American Chiropractic Association website.

How often will I have to see my chiropractor?

Each patient is different. For example, if you have chronic back pain, you may need to do chiropractic treatment more often. It also depends on what type of treatment the chiropractor prescribes, such as relaxation techniques and diet and lifestyle counseling. Ask your chiropractor how many treatment sessions you'll need to attend early on so you know what to expect.