Frequently Asked Questions in Erie

Find the answers below to the most frequently asked questions about chiropractors in Erie. Having the answers to these key questions can help you choose the right Erie chiropractor for you. If you don't see the answer below to a question you have, reach out to Lake Erie Spine & Injury Center at (814) 835-0911 and our team can help!

What is a chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a doctor and a health care professional that focuses primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system with an emphasis on hands on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.and extremities. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and have training to provide and recommend therapeutic modalities and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide ergonomic, nutritional, dietary and lifestyle education and counseling.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes diagnosing, patient examination and treatment. Chiropractic care can also help to improve the general health of an individual.

Are chiropractors doctors?

Chiropractors are doctors who have atended and graduated from an accredited 4 year graduate/doctoral program and have their specialty training in the neuromusculoskeletal system and the spine.

What is the history of chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care was founded in 1895 by DD Palmer after giving the first recorded chiropractic adjustment to the upper cervical spine of a deaf patient returning his ability to hear. DD Palmer’s major contribution to the health care field was the codification of the philosophy, art and science of chiropractic which is based on an extensive study of anatomy and physiology.

Does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works extremely well for most people especially when compliance to care is followed by the patient.

Are chiropractors safe?

Chiropractic is an extremely safe form of manual medicine and therapy with very little risk for any serious injury.

Are there chiropractic adjustment side effects?

Some patients may experience some post adjustment soreness and discomfort which is normal. These affects usually only occur after the first few adjustments as the body needs to get use to the treatment much like going to the gym for the first few times.

How many chiropractic sessions do you need?

Every patient and every condition are different. There are several factors that come into play that contribute to a patient’s response to care. Some of those factors include: Age, general health, previous injuries, compliance to outlined care plan and chronic conditions.

How much does a chiropractic care cost?

Chiropractic care is a very affordable. Chiropractic care is covered by most all insurances. When not covered by insurance, the cost of care would depend on the type of care being prescribed and administered. Speaking with the doctor about your particular treatment needs would help determine the cost of your particular care.

Why should you choose our office?

Dr. Perkins has been successfully treating patients in Erie, PA since 1999. Our office focuses on results and cost effective care. We provide a detailed consultation and thorough exam to accurately diagnose your condition which is crucial in developing an appropriate and effective care plan. We treat each patient individually and custom tailor a care plan that fits their needs.

What does a chiropractor treat?

Chiropractors treat most neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions and injuries. Low back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, car accidents, work injuries, shoulder pain, slipped discs, sciatica, bulging discs, herniated discs, arthritis, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, plantar fasciitis, hip pain, Sacroiliac displacement, spinal subluxation, carpal tunnel.

How do chiropractors relieve pain from injuries or accidents?

For many conditions, chiropractic treatment can reduce muscle spasms and inflammation and help to restore the structural integrity of the spine and reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue through a combination of specific manipulations and therapeutic modalities(i.e. decompression therapy, ultrasound, EMS, laser) and massage therapy. Treating early on after an injury or accident helps improve the likelihood of resolving the injury and symptoms associated with the injury.

Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?

The popping sound that is sometimes heard during a Chiropractic Adjustment is known as “Joint Cavitation”. This is the result of small pockets of air built up in the joints of the spine being released. This release actually helps to reduce the amount of pressure on the spine.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Most chiropractors have a 4 year Bachelor’s degree with appropriate pre-medical sciences prerequisite courses prior to entering a Chiropractic school. Most chiropractic schools are a 4-5 year academic curriculum.

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