Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take my insurance?

The current list of insurance companies that Columbia Family Chiropractic is “in-network” with includes: GHP/Coventry, Aetna, Healthlink, Mercy, Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, Humana, & PHCS. Please call if your insurance company is not listed here.

Columbia Family Chiropractic is a non-participating provider for Medicare and accepts a limited number of new medicare patients each year. We do not accept medicaid.

How much does an appointment cost?

The cost of an appointment depends upon your insurance policy. Once your annual deductible is met, the typical cost of an appointment is the co-pay/co-insurance you pay for an office visit. Sometimes insurance companies ask you to pay the “specialist” co-pay amount. Please call your insurance company to determine your deductible and co-pay for your specific policy.

What do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors are trained to specialize in the treatment of conditions within the scope of conservative neuromusculoskeletal health care. The primary scope of chiropractic is addressing functional and structural problems associated with the nerves, joints, tendons, and muscles of the human body. Back pain, neck pain and headaches are the complaints seen most often at most chiropractic offices.

Does chiropractic treatment hurt?

Most patients report that adjustments feel good. Depending on the cause of your pain or injury, you may feel some muscle soreness after treatment. This usually goes away within 24 hours.

Do I need to have x-rays?

During the physical examination and history portion of your first, or subsequent, visit it may be determined that you need imaging to determine more specifically your diagnosis or to determine the extent of an injury.

I’ve heard that chiropractors aren’t real doctors.

Chiropractic doctors complete about the same number of college classroom hours as medical practitioners. Chiropractors typically complete a bachelors of science degree in undergraduate education plus four years of specialized chiropractic training. Chiropractors must pass both national and state board exams before practicing.

What are poor joint biomechanics?

Joint biomechanics, also known as joint dysfunction, is what happens when spinal bones lose their normal motion or position due to stress, repetitive motion injury, trauma or chemical imbalances.

How does chiropractic treat joint biomechanics?

Your chiropractor uses a series of safe adjustments, stretches, exercises, heat or ice to restore normal spinal function. A chiropractic “adjustment” is a carefully directed and controlled force, applied to restore spinal motion to a more normal range of motion. Doctors of chiropractic receive years of training to become experts at using the right amount of force in the right direction. Each chiropractic adjustment is tailored to the patient’s age, size and unique spinal problem.

Do you have to adjust my neck?

Your chiropractic adjustments will vary depending on the treatment needed. If you prefer not to have your neck manipulated manually it may be possible to complete your treatment without this type of adjustment. Please talk with your chiropractic doctor about your concerns on your first visit.

Can chiropractic treatment help with sports injuries?

Yes. Chiropractic treatment helps restore function to joints that are not moving properly. In turn, this helps speed healing of soft tissues. You can reduce injuries by warming up, stretching and cooling down before and after every exercise or sports session.

Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?

Yes. Pregnant mothers benefit from chiropractic care and many women report easier births. Chiropractic care can help expectant mothers with changes that come from spinal stresses associated with weight gain and hormonal changes.

Does chiropractic reduce neck pain?

Yes. Pain is a symptom of an underlying problem. Pain relievers, such as aspirin, simply cover the pain without treating it. Chiropractic treats the underlying causes. After reviewing your physical exam results and health history your chiropractor will use specific adjustments to improve motion and function. With improved function and structure your neck pain may diminish or disappear completely.

Does chiropractic relieve headaches?

An often overlooked cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal bones in the neck or upper back. Nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected when spinal bones lose their normal motion or position. Chiropractic adjustment can bring correction and relief. Certain types of headaches can be very amenable to chiropractic tension and migranous specifically.

Can chiropractic treat whiplash?

If caught early enough, inflammation and scar tissue can be minimized, leading to a faster and fuller recovery. Whiplash is usually caused by collisions during auto accidents, sports, slips and falls. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth it can cause muscles and ligaments to be torn or stretched. Spinal discs can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae motion can be impaired resulting in a reduced range of motion.

I’m over 60, am I too old for chiropractic treatment?

Many active seniors seek chiropractic treatment. Arthritic pain is a major cause in lowering the quality of life that many seniors expect. The goal of chiropractic is to minimize pain and improve range of motion/function. Columbia Family Chiropractic accepts a limited number of new medicare patients per quarter.