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  1. What is CHIROPRACTIC ?

  2. How does CHIROPRACTIC WORK ?

  3. Who can benefit from CHIROPRACTIC ?

  4. Do CHIROPRACTIC only work on the spine ?

  5. I've been hurt on the job. Can I see you ?

  6. I was involve in an accident. How long should I wait Until I see a CHIROPRACTIC ?

  7. Does my health insurance cover CHIROPRACTIC ?

  8. My medical doctor said that I should never go to a chiropractor because they can harm you. What does he mean ?

  9. Can chiropractors treat people with headaches ?

  10. My friend said that once you see a chiropractor they want you to keep coming back for the rest of your life. Is this true ?

  11. Is CHIROPRACTIC good for athletes ?



What is CHIROPRACTIC ?


Chiropractic treatment is a branch of health care that treats the body without the use of drugs or medication. Chiropractors have been treating people without drugs since 1895. Doctors of Chiropractic are considered to be primary health care practitioners like medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, dentists, and psychiatrists. The primary form of treatment that is offered by chiropractors is the chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment is typically applied with the hands, to help restore proper function to vertebrae and joints that are functioning poorly due to injury or other problems.


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How does CHIROPRACTIC work ?


Chiropractors understand that the human body has the innate ability and desire to heal itself if given the chance. Unfortunately there are times where the body needs assistance. With injuries, whether they be large one time injuries (such as auto accidents, sports injuries or lifting injuries at work) or repetitive trauma (such as carpal tunnel syndrome, poor posture or overuse injuries) scar tissue can form restricting normal joint function. Muscles, tendons and ligaments can also adapt to the problematic area, resulting in greater problems, perhaps even pain. If the nerves that pass between the vertebrae are under even small amounts of pressure decreased function of the nerve, and whatever organs they innervate, can be the result. Chiropractors work to discover where the vertebrae of the spine and joints of the body suffer from abnormal motion and position. Once these poorly functioning joints and vertebrae are located, chiropractic "adjustments" are applied to correct the malfunction.


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Who can benefit from CHIROPRACTIC ?


Almost anyone can benefit from chiropractic treatment. The brain and spinal cord are the first structures to be formed in a developing embryo. The skull and bones of the spine are formed to enclose and protect these vital structures. Injuries that affect the skull and spine can easily affect the function of the brain, spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Since injuries and problems with these structures can occur at any age, chiropractic care to restore proper function can be employed at any age. Injuries occur during the birth process, infancy, adolescence, adulthood and senior years. As a result, chiropractic care is appropriate for people of all ages.


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Do chiropractors only work on the spine ?


No. Chiropractors work on all joints of the body. The wrist bones might be a focus of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome patients, while the elbow joints might be a focus of treatment for tennis elbow people. The sports and activities in which a person is involved might also determine which joints might require treatment. Baseball players and golfers typically require shoulder and elbow treatments in addition to lower back adjustments. Runners might require attention to their hips, knees and ankles.


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I've been hurt on the job. Can I see you ?


Yes, you can if the proper protocols are followed. When an injury occurs, you must first report the injury to your employer. The employer then has the right to send you to the their "company doctor" but they only have five days to do so. Should they fail to provide you with the name of a doctor, you are free to see whom you prefer. At the time that you give notification, you may request chiropractic care (do this in writing). Once again, the employer has five days in which to provide you with the name of a chiropractor. Once again, if they fail to do this within the allotted time, then you may see the chiropractic doctor of your choice. You can get around all of this by pre-designating, writing, who you wish to see in the event of an on-the-job injury. This must be done prior to an injury and the doctor that you designate must have previously seen you and maintain your medical/chiropractic records. Dr. Pal has extensive knowledge and experience in handling work related injuries.


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I was involved in an accident. How long should I wait until I see a chiropractor ?


Do not wait at all. Even if you are not uncomfortable you should get evaluated right away. If you were taken to the emergency room, it is very likely that your examination was only done to look for gross skeletal, internal organ or neurological injury. It is rare that an emergency room doctor (or more likely a physician's assistant) evaluates a crash victim for soft tissue injury or spinal sprain/ strain types of injuries. This is the specialty of the chiropractor. Minor injuries received in auto accidents, whether they be fender benders or major collisions, can result in long term chronic problems and pain syndromes if they are not handled in a timely manner. Athletic trainers who treat the world's best athletes refer to the first few hours after soft tissue injuries as the Golden Window of Opportunity, the most important time to take care of an injury in order to get the best results with the smallest possibility of chronic residual problems. If you have been involved in an auto accident, or know someone who has, contact Dr. Pal as soon as possible to arrange for an examination.


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Does my health insurance cover CHIROPRACTIC ?


Many insurance plans cover chiropractic. Dr. Pal's staff will assist you in determining the extent of coverage that is available to you.


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My medical doctor said that I should never go to a chiropractor because they can harm you. What does he mean ?


Unfortunately, there are still a few medical doctors out there who adhere to the outdated position of the American Medical Association. The fact is you are much more likely to die from taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin, Advil, Alleve, Ibuprofen, etc. (NSAID use results in about 107,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths annually, Am J Med 1999) than you are of having an adverse reaction to chiropractic care. Yet it is rare to have a medical doctor warn a patient of this risk. Truth is that there are risk factors associated with any form of health care. What is important is to utilize a form of health care that is safe and effective. Chiropractic is both. The studies prove it! I am always open to discussions with medical doctors to provide them with information and education that might assist them in better handling their patient's questions.


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Can chiropractors treat people with headaches?


Absolutely! Of course, not all headaches are related to chiropractic problems but recent studies have found that a majority of headaches are thought to be "cervicogenic" or originating from the neck. As a part of your examination, a history would be taken to try to determine what type of headache you might be suffering from and to discover factors that might lead to the headache. If it is believed that your headache is related to dysfunction of the neck or upper back then chiropractic would be an appropriate form of treatment.


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My friend said that once you see a chiropractor they want you to keep coming back for the rest of your life, Is this true ?


Keep in mind that health care is a process and not a destination. There will never be a time where a patient suddenly reaches the ultimate state of optimum health and therefore no longer needs to exercise, eat right or seek any kind of health care. In fact, as one gets older, they will typically need to see their medical doctor, dentist and optometrist more often. It is well-known fact that the average person will spend the majority of their health care dollars in the last two years of their life. When on begins chiropractic care, or has a new injury, the initial phases of care typically involve treatment of a higher frequency. As the healing occurs, treatment should become less frequent and the amount of exercises that can be done independent of the office should increase. When a patient's condition resolves or stabilizers, they must make a decision based on their philosophy of health. Are they prevention minded or crisis oriented? Many patients choose to have chiropractic check-ups on an occasional basis (once a month or a few times a year) to make sure that their spine is functioning at it's best. Those that choose a preventative approach are typically healthier and have lower health care bills than those who do not.


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Is CHIROPRACTIC good for ATHLETES?


Just ask Barry Bonds. Prior to his record breaking 2001 season, baseball's newest home run king arranged to have a chiropractor in every town that he traveled to in order to help keep his back at it's best. Elite athletes from boxer Evander Holyfield, to football player Jerry Rice, to golfer Tiger Woods rely on chiropractors to keep them at their best. When the joints are functioning at their best, the athlete can perform at his best. Chiropractic care provides this to the athlete.


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