The following are a short list of frequently asked questions that we hear quite often at the office or in town. If you have a question, please feel free to ask Dr. Wight during your appointment or call his office. He enjoys spending time answering questions and discussing treatment options with his patients.
Yes, Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) can be seen as primary healthcare providers for a variety of healthcare needs. Primarily we focus on conditions that relate to the nerves, muscles, and joints; however, we are trained to perform comprehensive health evaluations and can treat many conditions in the office the same day. For those conditions that require surgery or medical intervention, we can serve as a portal of entry and establish a referral with a specialist.
As a chiropractic physician, I treat conditions such as back pain, joint pain, neck pain, headaches, as well as sciatica. I also treat patients with degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis), disc herniation, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains.
In addition to these, the scope of practice granted to chiropractors goes well beyond the neuromusculoskeletal system. I am also trained to treat conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, non-suppurative otitis media, and a plethora of others.
With my extensive education, I am qualified to diagnose many healthcare problems, treat the problems when they are within my scope of practice, and refer patients to other healthcare practitioners when appropriate.
No. Unlike physical therapists, Doctors of Chiropractic are primary care physicians who are qualified to diagnose and treat conditions.
In addition, Doctors of Chiropractic have a doctorate degree and traditionally, more years of education. A physical therapist has a very limited scope of practice while a Doctor of Chiropractic has a very broad scope of practice. Doctors of Chiropractic are able to be reimbursed for a variety
of conditions by insurance companies and Medicare while physical therapists are quite limited.
A Doctor of Chiropractic can diagnose and treat every organ system of the human body and practically every health care condition. On the other hand, a massage therapist is limited to working in areas dealing with muscle tension, circulation, body fluid drainage, and so forth.
No. Since chiropractic physicans are primary care doctors, no referral is necessary. On the flip side, many chiropractors refer to medical specialists if needed.
The desire to “pop” or “crack” a joint is often caused by tension from a jammed or fixated joint segment. This causes other parts of the spine or joint structures in question to compensate by moving too much with the potential of popping a lot. The restricted joints should be adjusted by a chiropractor, so that the rest of the spinal column (or joint structure) will become more balanced and move in a more natural motion.
If you continue to self adjust then the joints above or below the restricted area may begin to wear and tear prematurely leading to conditions such as degeneration joint disease and arthritis. In reality, that joint that you think is being adjusted when you crack it yourself, usually isn’t. It’s the extensive training of a chiropractor, who has the ability to adjust the restricted joints in question properly.
Of course. Many times adjusting methods are adapted to a patient’s health condition, weight, size, and age.
Unfortunately, up to half of those who have had spinal surgery, discover a return of their original symptoms months or even years later. Many people don’t realize that if chiropractic care had been utilized initially then back surgery could have possibly been avoided.
The first approach to healthcare issues should always be approached from the most conservative therapy available. Only after other conservative methods have been exhausted, should more aggressive approaches, like drugs and surgery, be implemented.
At Wight Chiropractic, our goal is to educate, prevent, and treat our patients with conservative approaches such as chiropractic care before recommending aggressive therapies.
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems. Chiropractic treatment has an excellent safety record. However, there are no health treatments that come without some degree of risk. However, the risks that come with chiropractic work are very small. In most cases, chiropractic patients feel relief right away after a treatment. In some cases, people do experience a little stiffness or soreness like you would the day after exercising. This minor amount of discomfort typically goes away with 24 hours. (Information courtesy of www.acatoday.org)
Yes. Everyone can be helped with chiropractic care — including children. Kids are often more physically active than adults and endure more falls and injuries from their activity. Especially if they participate in sports. These injuries can lead to many symptoms that can be helped with chiropractic care. Our treatment is adapted to meet the needs of each individual patient. When it comes to children, our professional staff is very gentle. (Information courtesy of www.acatoday.org)
Yes. Chiropractors are being recognized to treat patients in hospitals and outpatient facilities for non-hospitalized patients. (Information courtesy of www.acatoday.org)
Chiropractors are educated as primary-contact health care providers. They are trained with an emphasis the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that are related to the musculoskeletal system. This includes the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and the extremities — and the nerves that supply them.
The educational standards for a chiropractor are about as stringent as they come in health care. Most chiropractic college applicants have already completed four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education. Chiropractic college requirements are typically another 4-5 years. A large portion of this time is spent on clinical technique training to master the manipulative procedures that are essential to chiropractic care. Chiropractic college curriculum requirements include a minimum of 4,200 hours. (Information courtesy of www.acatoday.org)
The chiropractor will use their hands (or in some cases, an instrument) to manipulate joints in your body. This is mostly done to the spine. This is done to help restore the function of the joints and helps to remedy pain and inflammation. The procedure is adapted to meet the needs of each individual patient. (Information courtesy of www.acatoday.org)
The adjustment of a joint sometimes releases a gas bubble that is between the joints. This makes the popping sound. The noise comes from the change of pressure in that joint. There is usually no discomfort involved in this. (Information courtesy of www.acatoday.org)