Back pain is a very common ailment. The Mayo Clinic estimates that 80 percent of all Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, and this doesn’t even include the large number of people who experience back pain elsewhere, such as in the upper or middle regions.
If you live in Fort Lauderdale, chiropractic adjustments from Specific Care Chiropractic may be an effective way to minimize pain and allow you to resume normal activities. Call us at (239) 932-5314 to make your first appointment.
How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Work?
Certain types of back pain occur when the bones, discs, or other parts of the spine shift out of alignment. Consider these examples:
- After years of doing heavy lifting at work, you suffer a herniated disc. Per the Cleveland Clinic, you will feel immediate pain as one of the cushioning discs between your vertebrae breaks.
- You are in a car accident, during which your neck is thrown violently forward and backward. The resulting whiplash (and associated pain) could be mild, moderate, or severe.
- You have been diagnosed with sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, or another condition where a nerve gets “pinched” between bones or other parts.
When these types of injuries happen, you can seek relief by having a chiropractor from our office realign the bones by moving your spine, extremities, or joints in certain ways. The movements may be slow and gentle or more forceful and abrupt. Rest assured that your chiropractor is in control at all times.
Chiropractic adjustments are also called spinal manipulations. They push the bones back where they are supposed to be, reducing your pain.
Is Chiropractic Adjustment Safe?
When administered by a licensed expert, such as the doctors at Specific Care Chiropractic, a chiropractic adjustment is a very safe treatment option for Fort Lauderdale patients.
We carefully screen each patient to make sure they have no contraindications that could make chiropractic adjustment unsafe, such as these conditions listed by the Mayo Clinic:
- Any sort of problem that affects the spine, including cancer
- Advanced osteoporosis
- Loss of feeling in the extremities
You may feel some discomfort or pain after a chiropractic adjustment. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Part of your spine has just been pushed into a new position, and the bones will need time to adjust.
In addition, a chiropractic adjustment is not a miracle cure. While you may feel some effects right away, it’s common to require several sessions before you feel real pain relief.
Have no fear. We take the time to listen and can carefully explain your treatment.
Is Chiropractic Adjustment Right for Me?
With all of the treatment options available, we can work together to choose what’s right for you. We can:
- Order tests like x-rays and MRIs to confirm that your pain is caused by the condition you think it is
- Discuss your condition, your expectations for treatment, and your medical history
- Be honest about whether chiropractic adjustment is right for you and what results you can expect
- Answer your questions about what this treatment entails, how it will feel, and how long it will take
Once we figure out a treatment plan, we can begin working towards a healthier future for you. This could mean a single chiropractic adjustment session or multiple sessions over a period of weeks—whatever will be most helpful.
What Are the Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments?
For many people, getting relief from back pain without surgery or taking a lot of medication is the biggest benefit. If you do require these or other treatments, chiropractic adjustments can enhance the results you see from them or relieve the pain associated with recovering from surgery.
If your back pain causes symptoms in other parts of your body (for example, if a neck injury is causing frequent headaches or shoulder pain) chiropractic adjustments can relieve those symptoms as well.
How Do I Pay for Chiropractic Adjustments?
The cost of treatment is the determining factor for many patients, not just how effective the treatment may be. Fortunately, we provide several options when it comes to paying for care.
First, you can file a claim with your own health insurance policy. These policies often cover a significant percentage of chiropractic treatment costs. You can contact your insurance agent if you have questions about what is and isn’t covered.
If your pain stems from an injury or event caused by someone else, you may have another option: filing a lawsuit. You may be eligible for compensation from someone else if:
- You were hit by a distracted driver
- You tripped and fell on another person’s property
- You didn’t realize the product or equipment you were using was defective
- You were injured in a swimming pool that was not properly guarded or protected
If you suffered a work-related injury that led to back pain, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. You can report your injury to your employer and put in a claim for these benefits.
How We Help You Deal With Insurers
Before you can receive payment for medical bills, you will need to convince an insurance adjuster—from your own insurer or another party’s—that you require the treatment you are seeking in Fort Lauderdale. We can supply any information they need to see, including:
- Medical records about your visits
- A statement from your doctor discussing the effects and likely cause of your pain
- Results from any tests we ordered
You can either ask us for these materials yourself or have your attorney contact us.
Learn More About Fort Lauderdale Chiropractic Adjustments
Living with back pain is not easy, but help is available. Let Specific Care Chiropractic assess your condition, and recommend and implement the right treatment regimen for you.
Make an appointment today by calling (239) 932-5314. Our chiropractic adjustment experts welcome patients from Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida.