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Los Angeles Chiropractor FAQ

We hope that these FAQs will be helpful to you, but if you have a question that is not answered here, please do not hesitate to call us – we will happily answer any question you may have about chiropractic care. These are some of the most common questions persons have about chiropractic care.

Q1 - Do I need a referral from my general MD in order to see a chiropractor?

No. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners which means they are licensed to diagnose and treat, which is different than a physical therapist. This means that you can set up an appointment with a chiropractor without having to consult your general medical doctor. Some insurance plans do however need a referral from your primary care physician; in general this does not refer to any of the PPO plans.

Q2 - Will chiropractic care make my condition worse?

Chiropractic care is a safe, non-intrusive procedure that will not hurt you as long as it is provided by a certified and qualified chiropractor. However, you may experience some symptoms as your body eliminates compensatory factors. In other words, if you have been walking with a severely rotated hip for sometime which causes that side to be shortened by an inch, which is like walking with one shoe off and one shoe on ... when you correct the hip rotation now different muscles are working. This means you may feel like a "work out" soreness as these muscles begin to engage properly; as if you had gone to the gym after several months off. Complications of chiropractic care are extremely rare.

Q3 - Will I have to go to a chiropractor 3 times a week once I start treatment?

This is a common question for people who may have gone to someone who believes in a lot of on going care in order to maintain health. At our office we pride ourselves in quickly finding the underlying causes and minimizing the number of treatments for acute care. Once a patient is out of pain there may still be some underlying conditions that should be addressed for optimal health. See the six steps to wellness.

Q4 - If I had back surgery will I still benefit from chiropractic care?

Yes, you can. Many people, unfortunately, who have undergone back surgery see symptoms of their original condition come back this can be do to scar tissue and lack of flexibility. Out holistic chiropractic care is a safe and efficient way of alleviating the pain associated both with your back condition and the stress of back surgery.