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Family Chiropractic Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions when considering chiropractic care.

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Family Chiropractic and Wellness

If you are new to chiropractic care here are some of the more commonly asked questions and their answers. If it's not listed here please contact us.

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

We care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions.  DCs are especially well known for our expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. We also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. We also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. 

Do i have to check in when i get there?

When you first arrive, you will be asked to provide background information about the symptoms, the current state of your health, and medical history. If you would like to fill-out these forms prior to your visit, you may download it below. If you have insurance coverage, please bring a copy of your insurance card with you.

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Do i need to fill out any forms?

We require that all new patients complete several patient forms in order to give us some important health and contact information about you. Click the button below to download the forms.

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What's the first thing the doctor will do?

We will first ask you some basic questions about your condition, and get an idea about where your discomfort is coming from. A thorough, yet quick and painless exam is then performed in order to find out how far your condition has progressed. The exam may include some gentle palpation of the involved areas, ranges of motion, some orthopedic tests, and if warranted, we may perform some X-ray’s to be performed on site. Your treatment may or may not be suggested to begin that day or the following visit.

What happens after my appointment?

We will review the information gathered during the consult and exam, as well as any x-rays that were performed. After getting to the root of the problem, we will then walk you through your condition so that you know exactly what we will be treating.

What insurance is accepted?

We are one of the few chiropractic clinics in the Brainerd Lakes Area to be in-network providers for most insurance carriers including:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Medica
  • Preferred One
  • Health Partners
  • United Health Care
  • Select Care
  • Medicare
  • Blue Plus
  • Medical Assistance
  • Most Others
Do you handle compensation claims?

We handle and are experienced with Auto and Workers Compensation Claims.

What if i don't have insurance?

No insurance? No problem. We have affordable payment plans. Please call the clinic at 218-828-4418 to learn more about these options.