Top 5 health insurance myths when seeing a chiropractor.
MYTH: In-network chiropractors are better than out-of-network chiropractors.
Becoming an In-network chiropractor for health insurance can be complicated but it’s not hard if you’re willing to give up most of your rights as a healthcare provider. While the insurance company cannot FORCE you to treat patients a certain way they can make a lot of requirements. These requirements make it difficult at best and impossible at worst (especially in North Carolina) to provide the care necessary AND be reimbursed for said medically necessary care.
Insurance will quickly STOP paying for chiropractic care as soon as the patient’s symptoms improve. This rarely happens if ever, with medical care. If you were to see this type of reimbursement happen for your medical services it would be similar to having insurance pay the emergency room care related to a heart attack. As soon as they got a sinus rhythm and put you in a different room you would be required to pay for ALL the other medical services out of your own pocket. This could easily cost tens of thousands of dollars.
As a result, many chiropractors have to make a choice between treating patients for what they need and requiring them to pay upfront. Then waiting for any potential insurance payments to be paid to them OR falling in line with what the insurance companies say they should be doing. Most chiropractors fit into the latter category. It’s easier to find patients and they are less likely to fail in practice which is something that happens VERY often in the chiropractic profession.
MYTH: In network chiropractors are prescribing the chiropractic care necessary to CORRECT THE CAUSE of my problem.
Because of Myth #1, it is essentially impossible for chiropractors to get paid for the care necessary for corrective chiropractic care and be in network provider. Despite there being adequate research available to support the need for and benefit of structurally focused corrective chiropractic care, health insurance companies can put their fingers on the scale and make erroneous claims that only a few visits are necessary. Health Insurance does this on the principle that once the pain or symptoms have decreased by approximately 50%, no more care is necessary. There is little a small business chiropractor can do to stop it.
This underutilization of chiropractic is often a problem. In the 80’s chiropractors often OVER utilized and treated patients with nonspecific segmental adjustments, physical therapy or other modalities like heat, ice, STIM and Ultrasound that are not structurally corrective based treatments. This was done because during the 80’s health insurance would pay for ALL of the visits a patient’s insurance plan had (20, 30, 50, 70, etc.) for the year. There was no need to validate the care. As a result, many chiropractors used a lot of wellness or maintenance care while claiming it was essential to correction. Why? Because they were in network and your health insurance was paying. Don’t forget health insurance was originally designed for emergencies, not health and wellness. So, while those extra adjustments didn’t necessarily fix the cause of the problem they still often helped reduce the need for drugs and surgery.
Insurance understandably tightened down on reimbursements by the 90s. The problem now is for chiropractors who are structurally focused and able to validate the need for and are capable of providing Chiropractic Structural Correction, insurance isn’t won’t pay. They realized that they could easily avoid payments for necessary chiropractic care just as easily unnecessary chiropractic care. And since your health insurance company is responsible first and foremost to its shareholders… well, you can figure it out.
Because of the trend of poor insurance reimbursement for chiropractic, it is far more common to find structurally based chiropractors prescribing very specific and necessary care that are out of network instead of in network.
There are some, although very few, chiropractic offices like Corrective Chiropractic that are capable of prescribing and providing structurally focused chiropractic care. In order to do this, however, they almost always have to have the patients pay in advance for their care and then send a claim in as an out-of-network provider. Fortunately, this can be a good thing for the patient who is capable of doing this.
MYTH: In network chiropractic care costs less.
Health insurance plans are often complicated and make it difficult to compare chiropractic healthcare costs. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. You can’t just compare a price tag for in-network chiropractic care vs out-of-network chiropractic care.
Often times, In-network and Out of Network benefits are comparable. Especially in cases where deductible and co-insurances apply.
When using an in-network provider, “non-covered” charges are still an out of pocket expense. So, either you will still have to pay, or you just won’t get those services. (So what if those services were necessary for correction)
Remember that your copays are not normally applied to your deductible or out of pocket expenses, so your copays regardless of how many you pay will never benefit you. On the other hand, by utilizing an out of network provider, the opportunity to meet your out of pocket and begin receiving reimbursement from your insurance company exists.
MYTH: My insurance will NOT pay for out of network chiropractic care.
Insurance reimbursement for chiropractic care is based primarily on your insurance plan and company. Some insurance companies are very willing to pay for care as long as it’s within the patient’s plan. For example, if you have a plan with 30 chiropractic visits a year they will often reimburse you for all 30 visits once your deductible has been met, minus any co-pay that’s a part of your insurance plan. Other insurance companies, regardless of the plan you think you have, will fight tooth and nail to avoid paying for anything beyond 2 – 8 visits and often will refuse to pay for necessary services like x-rays or therapies.
It is true that some insurance plans seem like they will cost more because the deductible or copays for out of network chiropractic care is higher. Thankfully, it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to reimburse you for all of the visits on your plan without denying claims. This is not surprising because if they refuse to pay the bill for your out-of-network chiropractic care, YOU, the patient, will get that bill. As a patient, you are a customer of the insurance company and if you’re not happy you have the choice to get different insurance. If you keep getting bills for chiropractic care that is supposed to be covered as a part of your insurance plan then it’s not likely you’ll continue buying insurance from them. Sadly the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is making it more difficult if not impossible to shop for different insurance carriers.
If you are receiving treatment from an in-network chiropractor and the insurance refuses to pay for the chiropractic care. EVEN THOUGH YOU STILL HAVE “X” NUMBER OF VISITS ON YOUR PLAN, the insurance company can refuse to pay. So your chiropractor doesn’t get paid and can do next to nothing about it. This happens a LOT. Like every single chiropractor deals with this on almost a daily basis. It’s understandable that this happens a lot now as a result of the over utilization of non-specific chiropractic care in the 80’s. The problem now is that chiropractors who treat using science-based corrective techniques that have been validated by research, insurance companies are still able to determine the patients need and no one is able to keep them in check. It is then very common for insurance companies to employ chiropractors, medical doctors, or even high school graduates to tell your treating chiropractic what they can or can’t do if they want to get paid. Three guess for how much chiropractic care your insurance company wants you to have. You guessed it, very little to next to none.
Using only in network insurance is the equivalent of going to MD because insurance pays for 2 days’ worth of a necessary 10-day antibiotic prescription.
MYTH: IN network insurance chiropractors are better quality chiropractors
For reasons discussed in a separate blog (In Network vs. Out of Network Insurance for Chiropractic), Corrective Chiropractic chooses to remain an Out-of-Network Insurance Chiropractic Provider. As a result of this decision, it is very common for us to get calls from potential patients who get rather irritated or confused when we explain to them that we are out of network with their insurance. Some potential patients have even gone so far as to yell, curse at our front desk manager both on the phone and in the office. Many do not understand that our decision to remain out of the network, often, is primarily for the patients’ benefit. This decision does not benefit us, in fact, it’s often quite the opposite because the QUANTITY of patients that we see is much less than would be the case if we were in the networks. This allows for a higher QUALITY of chiropractic care.
What Should You Do If You’re Hurt on the Job After an on the job injury, it can be hard to know what steps need to be taken to receive Worker’s Compensation benefits. The following is a checklist of the steps to take regarding your Worker’s Compensation claim. If there are any specific questions regarding receiving care, contact Corrective Chiropractic at: INFORM YOU EMPLOYER Although this may sound like an obvious first step, it is important that your employer knows of and documents your injury. This step is vital to your ability to file for and to receive Workers Compensation benefits. In an emergency situation, however, you may do this after you have sought medical attention, although it is best to inform them immediately. VISIT A DOCTOR Although, large companies usually have a specific doctor or clinic that you are instructed to see. This, however, is not always the case. If your employer does not advise you to see a specific doctor, you may see one of your choosing, as long as they are able to bill Worker’s Compensation claims. If your employer instructs you to see a specific physician, you may request a change by contacting your claims representative directly. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR When you visit the doctor, please provide all of the information that
Can Chiropractic Help Shoulder Pain and Other Shoulder Problems? Yes. Chiropractors are often known as experts of the spine, but that is not all they are capable of working with. Chiropractors are trained to adjust every joint in the body, except teeth. Many people overlook the fact that a chiropractor can help with more than just neck and back pain. Common problems with feet, ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, and certainly shoulders can be corrected with chiropractor care. Even the three small bones in the ear can be gently adjusted. The ear adjustment alone has proven to be beneficial for ear infections. Some chiropractors have trained to adjust the bones in your skull. Using applied pressure to balance the suture joints to help with migraines, reading ability, autism symptoms, and other brain functions. The shoulder is a complicated and interesting joint. It is connected to the body is mostly reliant on the surrounding muscle and not the joint itself. In contrast, your hip joint has two large bony components, your pelvis, and femur. This large joint secures your leg to your pelvis with much greater stability because of the size of the joint and the surrounding ligaments. There is less mobility compared to the shoulder but more stability and power. This makes sense because you stand and walk on your legs every day. While your
Spinal Stenosis Don’t let the diagnosis of spinal stenosis scare you. Stenosis is just the Latin word for “narrowing”. Spinal stenosis is simply a description of your spine. It’s a very weak diagnosis in that it doesn’t really tell you why you have that narrowing. Why do you get spinal stenosis? There are a couple of reasons you get spinal stenosis. Most commonly the narrowing is due to bony spurs that grow on the back of the vertebrae of your spine. Which then takes up space in the spinal canal or in the intervertebral foreman where your spinal nerves exit the spinal canal. This bony growth makes these openings narrower, hence the name stenosis. This narrowing means less room for your spinal cord and nerves. If there is too little room for the nerves the pressure from the stenosis (narrowing) will irritate the nerves causing pain. The next logical question is what causes the bone spurs. A common misconception is that spinal degeneration in the form of bone spurs and arthritis is a result of “old age”. This is not true! All the bones in your spine are the same age. Do they not degenerate at the same rate? Why do you have spinal stenosis in one area of the spine and not another? Why is one disc bulging or degenerated and not all of
Knee pain and chiropractic Knee pain is a common problem that plagues many people. Whether it’s from playing sports in high school trying to be active and staying healthy as a young professional or you twisted if funny stepping off a curb, knee pain can be a constant problem. Fortunately, chiropractic can help address these often annoying problems and the solution may even be pretty simple. Why do I have knee pain? There are a number of different reasons a person can develop knee pain. Most of the time the problem is pretty simple to address for a chiropractic familiar with extra spinal knee adjustments. There are only three bones that make up the knee and they have limited motions. Chiropractic adjustments work great to help reduce pain, inflammation and restore proper motion in your spine. Which is made up of scores of different joints that allow for a lot of flexibility. When you compare the relative simplicity of the knee, the solution to your knee pain is often not hard to determine. The most common reasons for knee pain are from injury. Typically you twisted or bent your knee to the side straining some of the ligaments holding it in place. If you want those ligaments to heal properly and in place chiropractic knee adjustments are key. Once the knee
The Biggest Key To Weight Loss Most of us are aware of that diet and exercise are the two pillars supporting healthy weight loss. Despite this common knowledge, our culture is vastly different from ancestors of less than a hundred years ago. We have seen a huge shift in the obesity epidemic in the country because of these and other changes. When you break it down eating healthy is not complicated, it’s just not easy in our culture. It may be easy to do but most people have no clue how to do it. We all grew up learning how to eat the wrong way. First of all, we have a significant overabundance of food available. We have access to almost any kind and quantity of food we can think of 24/7. This is far different from recent history where food was more of a feast or famine situation. You ate based on local availability and what was in season. This is both a good and bad thing. The high availability allows us to eat healthier more often… if we choose. It also makes it harder to eat less. It’s even harder to not eat highly processed foods that are readily available but not healthy food. Combine this with a “busy” and stressful lifestyle and we end up not making our meals a priority until
Can Chiropractic Help Shoulder Pain and Other Shoulder Problems? Yes. Chiropractors are often known as experts of the spine, but that is not all they are capable of working with. Chiropractors are trained to adjust every joint in the body, except teeth. Many people overlook the fact that a chiropractor can help with more than just neck and back pain. Common problems with feet, ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, and certainly shoulders can be corrected with chiropractor care. Even the three small bones in the ear can be gently adjusted. The ear adjustment alone has proven to be beneficial for ear infections. Some chiropractors have trained to adjust the bones in your skull. Using applied pressure to balance the suture joints to help with migraines, reading ability, autism symptoms and other brain functions. The shoulder is a complicated and interesting joint. It is connected to the body and is mostly reliant on the surrounding muscle and not the joint itself. In contrast, your hip joint has two large bony components, your pelvis, and femur. This large joint secures your leg to your pelvis with much greater stability because of the size of the joint and the surrounding ligaments. There is less mobility compared to the shoulder but more stability and power. This makes sense because you stand and walk on your legs every day and
Travel Tips For Back Pain This time of year, many of you are hitting the roads for vacations to parts unknown. Long periods of sitting, whether, in a plane, train or automobile can often cause a flare up of neck or back pain. Just because you have a “bad back” shouldn’t mean that you can’t enjoy traveling for business and/or pleasure. It can be a real challenge to travel for longer than an hour without symptoms creeping up to take the fun out of any trip. Apart from maintaining a regular relationship with your chiropractor, there are some things that you can do. Simple changes can be made to prevent or alleviate these pains from ruining your much-deserved vacation time. Here are some travel tips for back pain while traveling to prevent exacerbation. Packing the right luggage can help prevent discomfort before your vacation even starts. Carrying a large over-filled bag, suitcase or backpack can throw off your center of gravity, causing your posture to distort and your spine to shift from its normal position. Make sure that any bag that you use allows the weight to be evenly distributed and is not overloaded. Follow these important lifting tips to avoid neck and back injury: Bend at the knees and use leg muscles rather than back muscles to lift Avoid twisting the low
FAQ About Health Insurance Corrective Chiropractic patients may have heard that the office will soon be joining the BCBS, Cigna, and Medcost networks. For many of our patients currently on wellness, this should not affect your current care plan, as most health insurance companies do not cover wellness. You and others not currently covered by health insurance will continue to receive the same excellent care and flexible pricing structure that you are accustomed to. To learn more about our payment options and wellness plans, please call the office directly. For others, this news may be very exciting for you. Although not every health insurance plan covers chiropractic, most do. For patients who are experiencing headaches, neck pain, low back pain or other spinal conditions, insurance can be a valuable tool to help offset some of the initial costs associated with care. And, while we encourage all patients to keep informed of their particular insurance policy guidelines, we will gladly verify your chiropractic coverage and file claims on your behalf. If you do not see your insurance company listed below, Corrective Chiropractic may still be able to file as a courtesy, as a non-participating provider. Corrective Chiropractic is so pleased to announce we are now in network with several of the largest providers of insurance nationwide, including: Cigna HealthcareHealthSpringMedCostHealthTeam Advantage (Care N’
Chiropractic Techniques & Adjustments: A Comparison It’s not hard to understand the confusion about what a chiropractor does and why there is so much variation in chiropractic techniques and adjustments. At my alma mater Parker College of Chiropractic (now Parker University), they teach nine different chiropractic techniques. The intent is to give the future chiropractors a balanced education. All of these techniques have some merit in reducing patients’ neck pain, low back pain, and headache other musculoskeletal symptoms. However, the inconsistent treatment recommendations based on different techniques can make it very difficult to understand what chiropractic is. This inconsistency is arguably one of the biggest current issues slowing the proliferation of chiropractic. The reason it is such a problem is that many of these techniques are due to subjective evaluations. Some of them literally don’t even look at or touch your spine. I realize that I don’t know everything. No one does. I am also a healthy skeptic when it comes to many of the techniques that claim to be chiropractic. The first thing we need to do is understand what the foundation of chiropractic is. Chiropractic is founded on the fact that the spine can negatively affect the human body when it is abnormally shifted. This abnormal movement or position of the spine is called a subluxation. A subluxation of
Chiropractic, Medicine, Physical Therapy, Massage, Yoga; what’s the difference? Traditional Chiropractic This form of chiropractic is the most common and often mislabeled as “corrective”. Traditional chiropractic care focuses on changing symptoms. You know the care you are receiving is traditional if the measure for improvement is subjective. This means that upon re-exam the main concern is how you feel. Therapy used with traditional chiropractic also focuses on subjective changes only. For example, most traditional chiropractic therapy includes STIM, Ultrasound, ice, heat, roller table “traction”, general exercises. All of these therapies have not objective means to determine if they are helping. The only indicator for success in a change in symptoms because that is the only thing they are intended to change with use. Structural Chiropractic This is a much more thorough form of chiropractic care. Effective and reproducible structural chiropractic care is supported by publishing research. All of the therapies and exercises prescribed with structural chiropractic are done so with the goal of making measurable changes on the re-exam x-rays. Symptoms are still very important in structural care. Specifically, the goal of this type of care is to correct the cause of the symptoms and reduce the likelihood of them reoccurring. This is done by reshaping the spine towards the researched ideal model. Comparatively the shape
The Death of Chiropractic? A Look Into Chiropractic Standards of Care The Mercedes 80s Most chiropractors are familiar with this phrase. If you’re not, let me summarize. In the 80s and 90s insurance was paying hand over fist for any and all chiropractic treatment. It was not uncommon to see $20 for heat or ice packs and treatment plans with 30-60 visits. Wellness care was also being reimbursed and DCs were getting paid with little to no denials. Ahhhh life was good. Until… the insurance company knew it was getting screwed and changed the rules. Yes, they changed them to the extreme to benefit their profits but can you blame them? That’s what happens when we can’t effectively validate the need for chiropractic standards of care beyond simple pain relief. You may be quick to vilify them for their greedy practices but the truth is that they weren’t entirely wrong to do this. Hear me out before you start calling me a heretic or insurance sympathizer. The VAST majority of the care going on at this point was entirely subject based. Care wasn’t prescribed purely for pain like most chiropractic care is now. It was also provided on a philosophically (wellness) basis as well, especially because insurance was footing the bill. I’m not saying that a regular wellness adjustment isn’t good or even that they
Why Don’t Medical Doctors Refer To Chiropractors? I had the unique opportunity to talk to a few new MD graduates from the local medical school. It was enlightening, to say the least. A common question that many of my patients and the general public ask is why medical doctors don’t like chiropractors or why they don’t refer to chiropractors? It’s a valid question that needs answering. Unfortunately, to answer this question truthfully and in depth, the facts end up sounding like a conspiracy theory. Why? Well because there “was” literally a conspiracy carried out by the AMA to discredit and destroy the chiropractic profession. This is nothing new. It has been going on for years and is no longer under “conspiracy theory” status as the AMA was found guilty in federal court of dishonest and deceitful tactics to train medical students about the “dangers” of chiropractic. This campaign used propaganda in misinformation to indoctrinate the medical students in order to have a preconceived bias against chiropractors. See HERE for more. Why? As with most unethical practices, it always comes back to money. As a medical healthcare provider, your main education is in treating patients with drugs and surgery. If these patients don’t need your care because they can correct the cause of their back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, etc. using
Children and Chiropractic Care I have waited to write this blog on children and chiropractic because I did not want to start it with “back in my day”, thus giving away my age. However, I cannot put it off any longer, and I cannot think of an alternate introduction, so, here goes. “Back In My Day” “Back in my day”, when I was a child, I don’t remember going to see the doctor or pediatrician much. Although I do remember the visits with Dr. Crumpler because they always included SHOTS, but that’s another story. Anyway, other than those visits, I, or my siblings, had to be bleeding, have an obvious fracture, or be next to dying, to be taken to a doctor. And a chiropractor? Forget about that. Any complaints of back pain or neck pain were immediately countered with, “you don’t even have a back. All you have is a gristle”. They might give me an aspirin and send me out the door, but more often than not, those aches and pains were brushed off. Little did they know of the possible long-term damage that was being created from neglecting those “growing pains”. Today Fast forward to 2016, this generation of parents has access to a plethora of information regarding, not only the risks of ignoring musculoskeletal complaints, and other symptoms of spinal misalignments
Chiropractic Vs Orthopedic Surgeon The primary difference between an orthopedic surgeon and a chiropractic is that one is best for an emergency problem and the other is best for chronic problems. Orthopedic surgeons are fantastic if you’ve been in a major car accident and you broke your femur or pelvis in numerous places. They are excellent at resetting and pinning bones together so that they heal properly. Whereas chiropractors thrive at improving issues that are caused by minor to moderate trauma as well as chronic problems. Chronic problems like degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease, bulging discs, herniated discs, mild to moderate scoliosis, hyperkyphosis, loss of or reverse curve in the neck, sciatica, etc. Structural Chiropractic Care The ideology of chiropractic is to correct the cause of the problem through noninvasive, safe and natural means. Chiropractic does not do surgery because cutting a patient open, extracting their vertebral disc and screwing their vertebra together is highly invasive, dangerous, unnecessary and often ineffective at eliminating chronic symptoms. Instead, chiropractors use high speed, low force thrusts, called adjustments or chiropractic manipulative therapy. Chiropractic adjustments mobilize and reposition the bones and joints (mostly in the spine) back towards normal. The adjustment by itself is great at improving proper mobility and reducing localized inflammation. When combined with spinal remodeling traction and isometric stabilization therapies, chiropractic can make objective changes
Common Medical Myths about Degenerative Disc Disease Degenerative Disc Disease is a condition in which one or more spinal discs wears excessively to the point of causing the thickness of the disc to be reduced. This loss of disc height results in more stress on the vertebrae above and below the disc. Wolff’s Law states that bone responds to mechanical stress by producing more bone. This is not a bad thing in the case of someone who is weight lifting. Bigger muscles mean more stress on the bones they are attached to, which means the bone will get bigger and stronger. In the case of Degenerative Disc Disease, the added stress on the vertebra is pathological and results in osteophytes a.k.a. bone spurs. Left uncorrected these bone spurs can grow and put pressure on nerves, restrict spinal motion and even fuse across the disc joint and immobilize the joint completely. Degenerative Disc Disease is very common. It’s true that it is more common the older you get but that does not mean it is “normal” as you age. As a chiropractor, it is VERY common for my patients to have some level of Degenerative Disc Disease. Often, Degenerative Disc Disease is found in an area of the spine with no symptoms. This is one of many reasons that it’s so important to take full spine
WHIPLASH IS NOT A DIAGNOSIS OR TYPE OF INJURY, WHIPLASH IS A MECHANISM OF INJURY. At Corrective Chiropractic we treat a lot of patients with injuries due to whiplash. If you’ve been in a car accident it’s possible that you have an injury due to whiplash BUT you do not have whiplash. Your injury may be caused by an acceleration and deceleration motion known as whiplash but whiplash is not a specific kind of injury. Whiplash is not a diagnosis! Again WHIPLASH IS NOT A DIAGNOSIS! I cannot emphasize this enough. Sadly, it is not uncommon for patients to come into our office for chiropractic care under the impression that the injury they sustained from their car accident is called whiplash. This is both dangerous and wrong. There are many different types of injuries that you can have from a whiplash motion. I.e. neck sprain/strain, numerous different kinds of neck fractures, ligament damage in the neck causing spinal instability and deformation, etc. Some of these fractures are minor and some are potentially deadly. You may have an injury from whiplash but your injury is not whiplash. Whiplash is a mechanism of injury like a gunshot or a stab wound is a mechanism of injury. Both can cause very severe or even relatively minor injuries. It’s important to know both what kind of injury and
Are X-rays Safe? Orthodox healthcare, like government, can take forever to update flawed doctrine. History is full of examples of this. German physician Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was ridiculed and ostracized for recommending physicians wash their hands after inspecting cadavers before they delivered babies. He was ostracized so badly he ended up in a mental institution where he died of gangrene from a severe beating. Current thoughts on the assumed dangers of low dose radiation are similarly entrenched into healthcare education and permeate throughout our culture in the form of radiophobia. The Journal of Nuclear Medicine published an article in January 2017 disputing that low-dose medical imaging x-rays are dangerous. In fact, the article argues low dose x-rays, as found in spine x-rays and CT scans, are not only safe but potentially beneficial. Dr. Jeffry Siegel et al argue “data are more consistent with a radiation hormetic (protective) model than with the linear no-threshold (harm at any dose) model.” For over 70 years, medicine followed a Linear No-Threshold Hypothesis (LNTH) that assumes ALL x-ray radiation has damaging cumulative properties and is bad no matter how little you receive. What this means is that no matter how big or small the dose of x-ray radiation you are exposed to, its effects are always negative. The more x-ray radiation you are exposed to over time
Opioid Epidemic Who’s a quack? It’s not uncommon for chiropractors to be called quacks. It’s more a matter of when, not if you’re going to be called a quack if you’re a chiropractor. Sadly, there are some chiropractors, just like medical doctors, that have earned this label. However, the chiropractic profession as a whole is far from being rooted in quackery. Why is it that so many people, particularly medical doctors, have such a negative stigma attached to chiropractic? First, let’s look at the facts. The definition of a “quack” is a person who dishonestly claims to have special knowledge or skill in some field, typically medicine. Right from the start, it’s easy to see that this does not pertain to the profession of chiropractic. As a whole chiropractic does not profess to have or even want to have “skill” as a medical doctor. The entire profession of chiropractic is governed by the concept that the body functions best without chemical or surgical intervention unless it is an immediate life or death emergency. This means that the vast majority of medical care being used to drug and cut for degenerative conditions serve only to rid the body of symptoms and ignore the underlying problem. The most common example of this is the excessive use of pain meds, specifically opioids, for back pain. The opioid
Avoid the Dangers of Opioid Addiction with Chiropractic A vast majority of arrests in the U.S. are for drug violations. According to the FBI, drug violation arrest was the single largest reason for arrest in 2012. Ironically most of the drug arrests were for mere possession. It’s so common that every 42 seconds someone in the U.S. is arrested for drugs according to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). The Drug and Opioid Addiction Hypocrisy Considering the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on marketing drugs to the public it is no wonder that opioid addiction is so pervasive throughout our country. The United States is one of two countries in the world that allows advertising prescriptions drugs directly to patients. The current epidemic of opioid overdoses will never change in a culture brainwashing the public into relying primarily on drugs for their healthcare. It’s a total contradiction to tell people to say no to drugs while conversely telling them the best healthcare is dependent on treating symptoms with addictive drugs. As a chiropractor, I see patients on a daily basis that have chronic pain as a result of problems that are not addressed or corrected with the drug model. It’s easy to judge other people for being immoral or weak when you don’t understand the physical or emotional pain they are going through. They
Stupid S*!T Doctors Say Part 2 A patient comes in for a consult and new patient exam. Her complaint has been going on for several months. Out of the blue, she began experiencing significant shoulder and neck pain. She put ice on it while working to deal with the pain. She then goes to an Orthopedic MD who takes x-rays of her neck and shoulder from which the MD diagnoses her with a muscle tear. SWEAT MERCIFUL CRAP is he serious?!? Is he really that incompetent or just totally dishonest? It is basically impossible to identifying and diagnosis a muscle tear on an x-ray. He did tell her what muscle it was. Come on, dude. At least commit to your total BS and lack of diagnostic skills. Dr. Gregory House would berate you without mercy. She was then referred out for physical therapy where she was treated once a week and had zero improvements. Once a week physical therapy is going to do nothing at that frequency if she actually had a torn muscle. How is physical therapy going to correct this tear? After several months, she returns to the ortho who informed her that she “just wasted her money at the physical therapist” because he now believes she has a “pinched
Stupid S*!T That Doctors Say Keep in mind that all of these conversations are second or third-hand accounts. They are reports given by patients informing me what their medical doctor told them. Or reports of a patient’s chiropractor reporting what their patient said their MD told them. I realize that this is not HARD EVIDENCE. However, the frequency in which I hear these types of anecdotes is excessive, to say the least. As a result, I’ve decided to collect these stories for others to realize that your doctor is just a person, sometimes even a stupid person. The following is the first entry into, what is likely to be an ongoing series. The primary care physician knows her spine cannot cause headaches. She palpated her neck on her last checkup.*WARNING* Excessive sarcasm to follow Yeah, I’m sure those bulging DISCS are just a coincidence and have nothing to do with headaches. It’s so clearly not related to the patient’s neck because your neck is not your head and they are very far apart and have nothing to do with each other. In fact, headaches have never been caused by neck related issues. LOL. Oh and I bet your ability to palpate pathology as a medical doctor, who likely puts her hands on maybe one patient a week, is far superior
Arthritis? Chiropractic Can Absolutely Help. The cause of the joint inflammation and symptoms is very commonly a combination of uneven weight distribution and nutritional deficiency and utilizing chiropractic is essential to proper treatment. Think of your spine like tires on your car. Speed bumps, potholes, car accidents and lack of regular maintenance can result in uneven tire alignment. If your tires have an uneven distribution of weight because they are not aligned properly then they will wear unevenly. This is a common reason for bald spots on your tires. While your tires should be able to last thousands of miles, the life your tires could easily be cut in half if the alignment is off. The same is true of your spine. Common slips fall, sports injuries, car accidents (even minor car accidents), bad posture can often seem minor if the pain doesn’t linger. However, small and big injuries can result in your spine being uneven. This shift in the proper alignment of your spine results in improper biomechanical loads being placed on the spine and ultimately uneven wear. This uneven wear will result in inflammation in the joints called spondylosis, osteoarthritis or arthritis of the spine. While this article focuses on arthritis of the spine, the principles discussed are applicable to all joints in the human body. Where Do You Begin? As with
How Did This Happen To Me? As a chiropractor in Greenville, NC, this is easily the most common question that I am asked by patients. Many chiropractic patients go to a chiropractor as a last resort instead of their first option to relieve back pain. They have been to numerous medical doctors for countless drugs, surgical consults, and physical therapy. Reducing their low back pain, neck pain, headaches or other symptoms temporarily at best and none have fixed the problem. They are often baffled as to why no one knows why they are experiencing back pain, neck pain, headaches etc. When a structurally focused chiropractor shows them what the current shape of their spine looks like and compares it to normal they are often shocked. “How did it get this bad?” “How did this happen?” “What causes this?” are all questions that I hear as a chiropractor almost every day. It’s Important To Understand That You’re Not Alone. Recognizing and treating symptoms is the training medical doctors receive. It’s very rare for a medical doctor and sometimes even a chiropractor who is pain based, to understand the importance of identifying abnormal shapes in the spine. For a structurally focused chiropractor, we know what happens when your spine is not in its ideal shape and we alone know how to correct it. If you are experiencing any
No Car Damage Doesn’t Mean No Damage To Your Body A common misconception with car accident injuries is that “if there’s not much car damage then there can’t be much damage to the person”. This is completely false for a number of reasons. Let me give you an example of why this statement is completely untrue. If you’re looking to buy a dozen eggs, what’s the first thing you do when you pick up a carton before you buy them? Almost without exception, you’ll open the carton and check for cracked eggs. Why don’t you just look at the carton for any potential damage? Because the carton design purpose is to absorb shock to protect the eggs which are MUCH MORE FRAGILE than the carton. The human body is the same way. Most chiropractors understand this. That’s why we take x-rays of patients. Sometimes the damage is not always obvious. This is also the case with patients involved in “low-speed” car accidents or car accidents that do not result in a lot of car damage. Your spine and the muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc. are more fragile that the car itself. It’s actually very common for someone in a car accident to have very little or NO damage to their car but significant damage to their spine. The reason for this is because the majority of
Chiropractic and Insurance: Top 5 health insurance myths when seeing a chiropractor. MYTH: In-network chiropractors are better than out-of-network chiropractors. Becoming an In-network chiropractor for health insurance can be complicated but it’s not hard if you’re willing to give up most of your rights as a healthcare provider. While the insurance company cannot FORCE you to treat patients a certain way they can make a lot of requirements. These requirements make it difficult at best and impossible at worst (especially in North Carolina) to provide the care necessary AND be reimbursed for said medically necessary care. Insurance will quickly STOP paying for chiropractic care as soon as the patient’s symptoms improve. This rarely happens if ever, with medical care. If you were to see this type of reimbursement happen for your medical services it would be similar to having insurance pay the emergency room care related to a heart attack. As soon as they got a sinus rhythm and put you in a different room you would be required to pay for ALL the other medical services out of your own pocket. This could easily cost tens of thousands of dollars. As a result, many chiropractors have to make a choice between treating patients for what they need and requiring them to pay upfront. Then waiting for any potential insurance payments to be
How To Get Taller, Chiropractic May Be Able To Help. Not everyone has the genetics to be seven feet tall. It’s important to eat healthy and make sure you’re well-nourished while you’re growing to give yourself the best opportunity to reach your optimal height potential. In the United States, we often consider ourselves to have the best of a lot of things when compared to the rest of the world. The reality is that that is not the case when it comes to our health. There is certainly a vast majority of the country that is overfed and under-nourished. Despite this fact, we still have access to enough healthy food to avoid creating nutritional deficiencies that prevent us from growing as tall as our genetics will allow. More commonly, people in the U.S. struggle maintaining their height. This is not just a problem for the old, or even middle-aged. Poor posture and spinal stability often result in decreased spinal height. Examples of this include thoracic hyperkyphosis commonly referred to as “hunchback” or “granny-back”. This type of spinal pathology is not exclusive to the elderly. It often starts at a very young age prior to becoming an adult. It’s also important to understand that having a hunchback is not caused by a disease in the traditional sense. A hunchback is certainly a spinal pathology but not
Do You Need A Lawyer For A Car Accident? This blog is not intended to serve as legal advice. The purpose is to provide a complete understanding of what can happen and who can be involved in a personal injury case for people who have been injured in a car accident. We will elaborate on what we commonly see with our whiplash patients at Corrective Chiropractic. It is our hope to better help you made a decision about steps you can take if you are involved in a car accident. The quick and easy answer to the question above is NO. You do not NEED a lawyer if you are involved in a car accident. Many of our patients have great outcomes both in reference to their health as well was their settlement. Again, Corrective Chiropractic does not offer legal advice but we are capable of providing information about your injuries to the responsible party’s insurance company to motivate them to recognize the severity of the injuries you may have sustained. The more information they have the more likely they are to offer a reasonable settlement without having to involve a lawyer and go to court. In our experience, we have observed that when patients who come to our office for chiropractic care as the result of a car accident injury, like whiplash, the
What To Do If My Chiropractor or Doctor Says I Need Surgery It has come to my attention that there are numerous chiropractors in the Greenville NC area that refuse to treat or touch patients. Then recommend the same patients for surgery. While it is not unreasonable for a chiropractor to refer a severe case out to a surgeon. It seems to be happening with alarming frequency. This is based on the people I meet in town and the relative rarity in which patients require surgery. It’s upsetting the number of times that the people I have talked to have expressed their initial desire to avoid surgery. This can be for their neck pain, low back pain or sciatica. It’s frustrating especially when the chiropractor they’ve seen refuse to even touch them. On more than one occasion this has happened. So often in fact that when the conversation turns towards chiropractic with new people I meet, more than half of them have indicated to me that this has happened to them! I do not claim to know more about the health of numerous people I’ve talked to in Greenville whose chiropractor refused to treat and instead referred immediately for surgery. I did not do an exam on these patients. However, for those of you who don’t know, chiropractors and medical doctors included, low
Coverage For Your Motor Vehicle Injury Claim The purpose of the following information is to help you better understand what happens and who is involved in a car accident injury claim. More specifically we will discuss the different types of insurance involved. Then how insurance coverage for a car accident in North Carolina works. In cases of motor vehicle accidents, there are usually 3 different insurance policies that may be involved: The Auto Policy of the Person Who Hit You Your Own Auto Policy, or Medpay Your Personal Health Care Plan Each of these companies is required to do and NOT to do certain things. Understanding these requirements will help you to better understand what your rights are. Giving you a better opportunity to know what you are entitled to if you are involved in a car accident. Their InsuranceLiability Coverage (auto) PROS Liability coverage is an insurance policy that is held by the person who caused the accident. This coverage should be the primary payer for any damages done in a car accident. If you not at fault then you are making a claim against the at-fault person’s liability coverage, assuming they have any. Legally, ALL drivers MUST have liability coverage. In North Carolina, the minimum auto insurance coverage allowed by law is $30,000/$60,000/$25,000, although options
Whiplash Injuries, Like High Blood Pressure For Your Spine Let me explain. Untreated hypertension (high blood pressure) can often lead to a deadly heart attack or stroke which is why it earned the moniker as “a silent killer”. While severe whiplash can result in death that’s not the reason for the comparison I’m making between whiplash and high blood pressure. If you die from a whiplash injury it will typically (not always) happen immediately or shortly after the whiplash injury. Car accident deaths from a whiplash spinal cord injury seldom occur since the advent of the seat belt. The problem is the seat belt doesn’t completely prevent whiplash injuries. In fact, there is evidence to show that while much less severe, there are far more whiplash injuries due to modern car design since the invention of seat belts. I’m absolutely not saying that seatbelts are bad. Seatbelts prevent a LOT of potential deaths, severe spinal injuries and more by keeping passengers securely fastened in their seat. However, the cost of having your body fixed in the seat during a car accident is that your body goes where the car goes, but your head does not, hence the whiplash. This is why relatively slow speed car accidents can still cause significant injuries leading to chronic problems. Like with high blood pressure, when you have
Do I Have A Short Leg? Maybe. The most important thing you can do is to be evaluated by a structurally focused chiropractor to determine any potential discrepancies between your right and left leg lengths. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you even wear a shoe lift and especially not a HEEL LIFT without taking x-rays. As a rule heel lifts are a cheap quick “fix” to pain that can often cause more problems and not address the problem adequately or even at all. It is not uncommon for me or other structurally focused chiropractors to see new patients that have been prescribed heel lifts that were either unnecessary or on the wrong side. Typically this is done by traditional chiropractors who treat patient’s symptoms only and don’t do a thorough full spine x-ray evaluation. Regardless of whether or not your symptoms improve, you should seek a second opinion from a structurally focused chiropractor if you’ve been prescribed a heel lift. How Can You Check For A Short Leg? If you do in fact have a short leg this can only be ACCURATELY measured by taking x-rays. X-rays should be taken both without a heel lift or shoe lift as well as a Correction Potential X-ray (CPX or stress x-ray) to determine how your spine and sacrum responded to said heel or lift. X-rays for patients with
Is Football Dangerous? A review by a chiropractor and retired college football offensive lineman. If I only knew then, what I know now. Over and over this phrase plays in my head when I think about my time playing football in college. So many of my former teammates wax nostalgic about the good ‘ole playing days. I’m more torn about my time as a 300 lb. offensive lineman. Now that I’m a doctor of chiropractic, I have a much better understanding of the human body and the potential damage and injuries that often result in a lifetime of chronic pain and suffering or even death. And yet, I loved the sport. There are few other situations in life in which you will find a group of around 100 young men working from all different races, religions, and cultures working towards one goal in unison. But is it worth the risk? Let’s examine football and the inherent risks in a sport requiring you to use your head as a weapon. If you or your children are interested in playing football I encourage you to watch the movie “Concussion” with Will Smith. The story is based on real events of a medical doctor who uncovers a previously unrecognized progressive degenerative disease that is the result of severe or repeated blows to the head. Dr. Bennet Omalu is
Why can’t I just get a quick adjustment to “fix” my (insert musculoskeletal symptom) without full spine x-rays to fix my problem? BECAUSE Two words “malpractice lawsuit”. Chiropractic isn’t a cheap “bar trick” that instantly gets rid of the pain. Corrective Chiropractic is a structurally focused chiropractic office that is more advanced and thorough than a drive through massage parlor. I’m a DOCTOR of chiropractic, not a “crack whore”. Your problem likely took years or decades to develop into a chronic problem and it’s not going to get fixed in 5 minutes. I am not Superman and do not have x-ray vision so I do not KNOW what the exact structural alignment of your spine is without a very specific postural x-ray evaluation. The quality of care is of the utmost priority at Corrective Chiropractic. Corrective Chiropractic exist for the benefit of its patients, not for a quick dollar. Corrective Chiropractic will not further the myth that chiropractic is a “quick fix” type healthcare by offering subpar care. Your problem cannot be fixed if it is not investigated and accurately measured with weight bearing (standing) x-rays. That type of care is inadequate despite what your insurance company wants you to believe. Treating
How To Research A Chiropractor The internet has made a huge impact on personal choices from products to services. The benefit is that you have the ability to research the best product or service before making a purchase. Sometimes though we are inept on something that we may not be familiar with and this blog deals specifically with how to research a chiropractor. X-Rays Should Be Taken Beginning X-rays and follow up x-rays should be a part of the care provided from a traditional or corrective chiropractor. They should also be of the full spine not just the area of concern. The spine is one contiguous structure. Don’t assume that your neck and low back are completely isolated from each other. They affect one another and must be evaluated as a whole for proper structural care. Think of the spine as one organ. Just because it feels like it hurts on the left side of your body you could be shifted or rotated to the right side putting pressure on the left. There is no way to know what is going on with your spine without x-rays. For more about this CLICK HERE. Chiropractic Reviews Google reviews, Yelp reviews, and other review sites can be beneficial or not entirely true. At Corrective Chiropractic we directly work with a verified third party DemandForce™ that proves our
Why You NEED X-rays If You’re Going To A Chiropractor As a chiropractor, one of the most common concerns for new patients is the need for x-rays prior to treatment. It’s not uncommon for people to call and shop around for a chiropractor who will comply with their demands. Don’t misunderstand me. I think it’s VERY important to find a chiropractor, medical doctor or physical therapist that will work with a patient’s wants. HOWEVER, make sure that your concerns are based on science and sound information and not merely personal preference. There is a certain amount of trust that you will need to place in your chiropractor to get you well and you don’t want to tie his/her hands. Most importantly, ask why. If you are hesitant as to the need for any test, talk to your chiropractor about it. In the end, if you value your health, you want to find a chiropractor that is not only willing but capable of making structural changes to your spine. The vast majority of our patients come to Corrective Chiropractic after physical therapy, medicine, or traditional chiropractic failed them. The reason they are often unable to improve the patient’s symptoms and health is because none of these healthcare providers are capable of both identifying and correcting the cause of musculoskeletal conditions and symptoms like headaches, neck pain,
Is Sugar Really Bad For You If you ‘google’ “is sugar really bad for you” the search results pull up this as the first results: “The AHA links added sugar to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In a nutshell, eating too much sugar can cause fat buildup in the liver, which can lead to these problems. It’s not all bad. … As sweet as some of these things may taste, they contain relatively small amounts of sugar.” Now I’m not completely saying you should avoid sugar at all costs and drop it cold turkey. I am saying let’s be informed and find out more about sugar. There are hundreds of types of sugars and labeling them each is, well, time-consuming so let’s put them into some very simple categories and start there. What Do We Mean By Sugar? By “sugar” we mean the syrup form, as well as, the granular form. This includes the raw, unrefined, as well as, the refined forms. This includes high fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, coconut sugars, molasses and even honey. “Sugar” means any combinations or blends of sugars ending in “ose” as they’re ALL equally harmful to the body. “Sugar” includes ANYTHING in “ose”: SUCROSE (Table sugar) a simple sugar made from cane sugar or beets. FRUCTOSE, a simple sugar in fruits, plants and honey. MALTOSE, a
GallbladderShame on you for punishing your poor little gallbladder for being what you made him. Most of us understand that children need positive healthy environments to thrive. There are always outliers that are able to break the mold and be successful despite the worst conditions. That is the American Dream after all. There’s a reason it is called a dream, however. While some have the ability or fortune to make it big despite their terrible circumstances, this is the exception, not the rule. The same holds true for a person’s health. It’s unreasonable to expect people to thrive regularly when they don’t have the resources that others do. The same is true of your health. We all know that person that lived to be 86 even though they smoked, and drank and ate candy regularly. This is becoming a much less common occurrence, however, because there are more and more foods and drugs and surgeries that negatively affect our health. True we are living longer but not always healthier. In today’s modern world we have more knowledge and more availability of quality organic foods, and health care like chiropractic that doesn’t use drugs or surgery, but not everyone takes advantage of these things. Too often our first choice is often the easiest not the best. Nowhere is it truer than when it comes to
Traction vs Decompression A common question when patients begin care at Corrective Chiropractic is “What is the difference between the traction and decompression?” Decompression The concept of decompression is similar to that of inversion tables but much more advanced. An inversion table keeps the legs in place while inverted to allow for the weight of your body from the knees to your head to be pulled down by gravity when inverted. This will distract the spine and opens the joints in the spine, which can relieve discomfort originating from a disc bulge, disc herniation or disc degeneration. It does this because as the intervertebral joints in the spine are pulled apart which pulls the disc inward like a vacuum. When the disc is drawn inwards towards the middle of the joint it can take pressure off of any nerves that the bulge is pressing on. The main similarity to an inversion table and decompression is that they can both distract the spine. This is not to say that patients should get an inversion table and use “to tolerance”. As far as I’m concerned, inversion tables should be available only with a prescription, but that’s another story. Decompression utilizes motorized axial (head to toe) distraction of the lumbar or cervical spine. This machine is often capable of taking constant measurements of the forces being exerted between
Remember being bored as a kid? There you were, at the post office, grocery store, or maybe sitting in a waiting room with your mom, and you were absolutely bored out of your mind. That’s when you started to slouch. “Stand up straight!” your mother would say. “It’s bad for your posture.” What is posture exactly, though? Posture, in a chiropractic care sense, is the shape of your spine as you’re standing. As Greenville, NC chiropractors, we like to see a “neutral spine” or “good posture,” which refers to the ideal shape that your spine should look like. Treat the Problem, Not the Symptom Being structural chiropractors, we list poor posture as a secondary condition. This means that if (and how) your spine differs from the ideal spine shape, that is an indication that something else is wrong in your body and needs to be adjusted. If your posture is incorrect, something has changed, or a Structural Shift has occurred, and your posture along with other symptoms can tell us what’s wrong. Do the following to check if your posture is good or poor: stand with your back and heels against a wall. If you have good posture you should be touching the wall only at your hips, shoulder blades, and the back of your head. You should be able to slide a flat hand
Is Your Chiropractor Adjusting You Wrong? Most people who visit a Greenville chiropractor are familiar with a side posture chiropractic adjustment intended to correct or mobilize the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Side posture adjusting is one of the most common types of a chiropractic adjustment performed. However, the science and research behind this adjustment do not support the assumption that the side posture adjustment is actually capable of mobilizing and thus adjusting the SI at all. This is a rather advanced topic but bare with me and you will end up understanding more about the SI joint than practically any MD and most doctors of chiropractic in Greenville and the rest of the country. The Sacroiliac Joint Is Not Designed For Movement. The primary function of the SI joint is to transfer load from the upper body to the lower body. This is evident when you look at the design of the SI joint. There are NO muscles that cross the joint to act as movers. I.e. your elbow has muscle that attaches above and below the joint both on the front and the back. The biceps flex your arm and the triceps extend it. No such muscle exists that solely crosses the SI joint by attaching from the sacrum to the ilium to close or open the joint. The SI joint is
The Dangers of Automatic Beds and Chairs If you’re using an automated bed or chair to help to stand up or sit up and you need to call Corrective Chiropractic if you live in Greenville, NC. You may be in danger by making your condition worse and need to see a chiropractor as quickly as possible. As with any tool, adjustable chairs and adjustable beds, can be very helpful. The problem is when you are wholly dependent on them. If you are experiencing a significant injury from being in a severe car accident or another type of injury, then you may need help sitting or standing up until you are healed and able to get back on your feet by yourself. The problem with these types of devices is that they can’t be a problem if you rely too much on them and stop trying to use your own body to get up. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. You cannot completely avoid the activity of sitting up or standing up or you will not be able to sit up or stand up. Sadly, many people do not utilize automatic chairs or automatic beds for a short period due to acute pain. This makes sense because why would you buy something so expensive for only a few weeks or a couple months. Most people
Don’t Ignore Whiplash Greenville, NC chiropractors are seeing more and more car accident patients lately. With the constant growth in Greenville, NC there are more people on the roads and more people getting into car accidents. As a chiropractor, I often take for granted that the importance of spinal health is not always understood both by victims of car accidents but also by other chiropractors and healthcare professionals. Whiplash is particularly often poorly understood and as a result, ignored by car accident victims. If neck pain or headaches resolve then the assumption is that the problem is gone. Even worse is that many other chiropractors, medical doctors, and physical therapists reiterate this misinformation. In a pain based and symptoms driven culture we are often misled as to what the true problem is when it comes to the cause of headaches, neck pain and other symptoms that can arise from being in a car accident. The importance of spinal structure and stability cannot be stressed enough with whiplash injuries from car accidents. If you have been in a car accident it’s imperative that you find a chiropractor who is able to determine the true severity of your whiplash injury. This can only be done by a chiropractor who is capable of evaluating your spine and comparing it to a normal structure. It’s important that
I’m remembering a country song that goes a little something like, “’Cause I’m redneck woman I ain’t no high-class broad. I’m just a product of my rasin’, And I say “Hey y’all” and “Yee Haw””. Further into the song she emphatically announces “Some people look down on me, But I don’t give a rip. I stand barefooted in my own front yard with a baby on my hip”. Now, I’m definitely not judging, because I too have been known stand barefooted in my own front yard with a baby on my hip. However, most recently, I have been lying face down on an adjusting table having Dr. Wickstrom work on my hips from doing that exact thing. This setback has prompted me to talk to my chiropractor about the proper technique of holding my little one. An expectant mother usually expects or anticipates that there will be some discomfort as their bundle of joy is developing inside the ever growing belly. But nobody tells you how hard it’s REALLY going to be once the new baby arrives. I don’t mean the diapers and the feedings and the sleep schedule. I’m talking about the toll on a mother’s back and neck, strain on the shoulders and wrists, and knee pain from all of the lifting and bending. After all, car seats, diaper bags, and babies can’t
A Chiropractor’s Opinion of Pokémon Go I’ll be the first to admit that, like many of my patients, I spend WAY too much time on my computer and iPhone. I yearn for a ‘simple’ life, free of mortgages, utility bills, business expenses and a huge amount of student debt. I would love to be able to spend my days on my small suburban home creating a permaculture homestead that is off grid and self-sustaining. Sadly property taxes and many other “necessary” evils of our culture make it nearly impossible to live off the land, undisturbed. As a result, we all have to work extra hard to pay off our numerous debtors and reliance on government. This makes it even harder to make time for your health to get outdoors and walk, run bike, etc. Personally, I find the best way to exercise is to do something that you find fun or something that accomplishes more than just exercise. For me, going to the gym is beyond boring. I’ve spent a lot of time in the gym lifting weights and on the field running during my collegiate football career. Even then, I loved the game but playing for a scholarship was a job. You never want to get burned out exercising. If you hate it, it’s very hard to force yourself to do it even though
Do You Need A New Doctor? Be forewarned, this blog is going to be a therapeutic venting session about a how medical doctors often fail to help my patients. I know it well because it is an image I am often exposed to. I admit that my frustration may come out on this blog but it’s important to understand something. This is not just a smear piece where I’m complaining about this one situation because my feelings were hurt or because I want the respect as a physician that I believe I’ve earned. This and many other situations like it are a regular occurrence and need to be addressed. Let me paint you a picture. Our country is lacking in basic common sense and nutritional knowledge. This is often even truer in the medical community because medical doctors are taught that the answer to all problems is drugs and surgery. They fail to understand or even grasp the most basic concepts of life and health. The foundation of which is that your body functions optimally with whole foods and whole food nutrition and a normal spine. It’s no wonder medical doctors are unaware of these things when you consider that their model for treatment, symptom-based drugs, and surgery, is so far removed from these concepts. It’s not uncommon for me to encounter medical professionals who
What’s Webster’s Chiropractic Adjusting Technique for Breech Baby’s for During pregnancy, it’s obvious that a woman’s body undergoes a lot of stress while pregnant. Your nervous system has a LOT of changes to coordinate in order to build a human being. Most of us struggle to keep just ourselves healthy. Trying to function optimally while building a child is exponentially more difficult. As a result, problems that may have gone unnoticed before tend to show up while pregnant. This is likely why we see women deal with diabetic problems, blood pressure problems and spinal misalignment problems commonly while pregnant despite not exhibiting symptoms before being pregnant. As a result, it is common for abnormal shifts in the spine and especially the pelvic area, including the sacrum, to show symptoms during pregnancy or become worse during pregnancy. Webster Technique was developed to address the common but abnormal shifts in the sacrum. It’s probably obvious that growing something the size of a watermelon inside your pelvic bowel can put some pressure on the foundation structures (pelvis, sacrum, pubic symphysis and spine) that supports it. A common result of an abnormal shift of the sacrum can result in a breech presentation. Your baby doesn’t have a lot of room inside of your uterus. If the surrounding structures to which everything attaches is out of place it can
Do I Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident It depends. Corrective Chiropractor has worked with a few good lawyers in and out of the Greenville, NC area. If you are going to hire an attorney to represent you with your car accident claim, we always recommend finding a law firm that is local with an ACTIVE and staffed office in Greenville. This is important because sometimes it is very difficult to get in touch with lawyers who are out of the area or who only have satellite offices in Greenville that are staffed very infrequently. It has been our experience that our patients are able to settle their claims easily on their own and be able to pay all of their chiropractic expenses and additional compensation without the need for an attorney. This is true for smaller cases where the injuries are not severe and necessitate care beyond three months and the damage to the vehicle is obvious indicative that they could have been injured. Common situations we have seen where patients did not receive enough money to pay their chiropractic fees typically involve an attorney in smaller cases. When a smaller settlement (<$10,000) has to be split between a third party, (the lawyer) it often doesn’t leave enough to pay for the patients personal compensation, vehicle repairs, the lawyer’s fees and the
Chiropractic for Kids Most parents care a great deal about the health and wellbeing of their children. Currently, there is a never-ending onslaught of parent-shaming going on in the media from numerous different authorities and everybody has a different opinion. It can be daunting to determine what’s best for you children. Vaccinations: Are they safe or not. Are they necessary? Is it safe to not get them? Breastfeeding: Is it really that important and if so for how long? Exercise: Is running around the yard enough? What sports can be dangerous for young kids? Are helmets enough to protect them? Food additives and safety: MSG, artificial flavors, aspartame, colors. Gluten: Is this really that big of a problem? Asthma: Why is this so much more common than it used to be? Fevers: Is it beneficial or even safe to use drugs to reduce a fever? Autism: Is it really caused by vaccines? What do I do now? Sugar: How much is too much? Is high fructose corn syrup really that bad? Fluoride: Is really good for their teeth. Is it even safe? It seems like the biggest concern that people asked about kids 50 years ago was not dropping them on their head and even then…. Meh, it happens. It’s a lot to deal with. While I do feel VERY confident answering a lot
Scoliosis Treatment This life-changing diagnosis can feel very isolating, but know that you are not alone. Scoliosis is estimated to affect at least 5% of the population. Dr. Bret Wickstrom has firsthand knowledge of the helplessness and confusion that comes with the diagnosis of scoliosis. Dr. Wickstrom understands, just like you do, that scoliosis can have the power to impact your life, not only with progressively increasing pain and disfigurement, but also affecting your overall health, quality of life, and longevity. If you could reduce or prevent these changes, would you? Dr. Wickstrom is has been repeatedly successful in reducing abnormal scoliosis naturally, leaving your entire body to function better. Whether you have been living scoliosis for years or your scoliosis has only been detected recently, you are looking for answers now. Why has this happened? What are my treatment options? What will scoliosis continue to do to my body, day in and day out? Will I have to live with the pain and/or disfigurement that advance relentlessly? Unfortunately, mainstream treatment options are either painfully invasive, lacking in results, or both. We want you to know that there is hope. This post will explain the methods used by Dr. Wickstrom during treatment so you can feel confident when choosing to seek help. You will understand what to expect during your first visit, what makes Corrective
Breast reduction: Got a symptom? Cut it off! As always, there may be a time and a place for most things, drastic surgery included. The vast majority of the time, not only is it unnecessary but it does not correct the primary cause of the condition. The question that must be asked and answered is “WHY is the symptom there in the first place?” Breast reduction surgery is commonly prescribed to reduce back pain but it’s important to determine whether or not increased breast size is the only and primary cause of the symptom of back pain. Breast reduction surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings compared to all surgical operations. The reason for this is that it is a very quick way to reduce the load being put on the spine. The problem is that it is not the ONLY and arguably no the primary reason for a pathologically increased mechanical load on the spine which causes pain. Breast reduction surgery quickly removes symptoms but leaves abnormal spinal shifts still in place with no improvement. Yes, there is less weight bearing down on the spine, which is why the pain often quickly lessens. However, any abnormal shifts in the spine that were potentially a significant reason for the back pain, have not been addressed. You could argue that breast reduction surgery would
Understanding insurance coverage is tricky. “In-Network”, “Out-of-network”, “Allowable”, “Write –off”….yada yada yada. The terminology alone is enough to cause a headache, and all you REALLY want to know is how much is it going to cost you to get rid of said headache? This is the million dollar question. And, depending on your healthcare plan, it can feel like it costs you a million dollars. In-network vs. Out-of-network In-network doctors have entered into a contract with a health insurance company to provide services for members at pre-negotiated rates. An out-of-network physician has not agreed to the discounted (cheaper) rates for chiropractic or medical care. As a result, patients will often forgo care with out-of-network providers because of the assumption that the cost will be higher with an out-of-network provider vs. an in-network provider. However, seeking out an in-network doctor is not always the best choice for you to get the care that you need. Let me explain, an in-network doctor signs a contract. This contract states the amount that the doctor can charge, what services he/she can charge for, how many services he/she can charge for, what hoops he/she must jump thru to get said visits. Whether you want to admit it or not, these limitations CAN and DO affect the care that you are receiving. For one, what do you think happens if the
Children in Car Accidents There are very significant differences in children and adults. If you are involved in a car accident, do not make the mistake of assuming that just because you may not be in pain or hurting that: 1. You are not injured 2. Other passengers in the car will have equivalent injuries or lack of injuries. What you are doing and how you are sitting during a car accident has an impact on the type and severity of injuries or whiplash you will sustain. 3. Kids “heal” quickly so they don’t need chiropractic care. 4. Kids are less likely to be injured. It absolutely baffles me the number of people that come in for whiplash or car accident injuries who completely ignore the well-being of any children that were in the same accident. Kids often have even more of a potential for injury. This isn’t always the case but it’s a consistent trend and should be addressed; in the hopes that I can shed some light on why whiplash injuries in kids are a serious issue and not be ignored. The misconception is that kids are more flexible and somehow less prone to injury and therefore don’t need to be examined if they aren’t complaining of pain. There are a couple problems with that assumption. 1. Children cannot accurately articulate how they
Why is this Chiropractor throwing stones? I know I’m not the picture perfect example of ideal health. I admit, I’ve let the modern day, first world problems of small business bills, overwhelming student debt, marital discord, etc. take priority in my life. I can complain about how my student loans are bigger than most house payments despite the fact that my doctorate is far less likely to allow me the earning potential of a medical doctor, or how spending literally 24 hours a day 7 days a week with my wife, who is also my employee, raises the odds for relationship issues. But you all have your problems, just like I do. They’re different but still the same. So yes I know that I should exercise more and avoid “self-medicating” with desserts. But one thing I won’t do is fail to take responsibility for my own health. Good or bad, this is my temple that I’ve been given to maintain and even though there are times that I, like all of us, fail to keep it clean I won’t put my head in the sand or put the blame on someone else or just bad luck when it comes to my health. You’re doing it all wrong. In life, there are a few questions of existence we all ask. Why am
You get what you pay for. This blog is, admittedly, going to be a bit of a bitch session. I will do my best to keep it as professional as I can. The quick and short explanation is that, in my professional opinion, you are being conned. Yeah that may sound harsh but let’s be honest, you know that I’m right. There are very few people that are happy about the value of their insurance benefits. Most of you don’t even have a clue what those benefits cover. I know that may sound like a condescending statement, but it’s not. Who really has time to read everything covered in those policies? Most of the time your employer picks a policy, often based on cost and not the quality of care. The point at which you see said policy is usually in right after you found out you just got the job. Yay! You’re not unemployed! But wait. What are you really getting paid? The days of expecting just a standard co-pay to get care are gone. Now the plans are redone, manipulated, reworked, altered, updated, or whatever you call it. They are often different and almost always not easily discernible. There are so many options and choices that you, instead of an apples to apples comparison, end up comparing rotten apples to outdated
In short the American Medical Association is the devil. Stay with me for a minute. I know that doesn’t sound “professional”. It’s is also not a satisfactory answer to a legitimate question. Allow me to explain. There are still a lot of, typically older, medical doctors who will pucker up tight as a drum if you mention the word chiropractor. Not surprisingly, because this is such a common occurrence, a lot of patients have questions about why medical doctors are this way. The frustrating thing is that I can’t really give a QUICK answer without sounding either defensive or borderline psychotic, which is even more enraging since if I talked about MDs and PTs the way that many of them do about chiropractors most patients would slowly back out of my office without breaking eye contact. Ironically, chiropractors are not typically the ones talking out of a state of ignorance when we stand on our soap box issuing warnings about the medical profession. The chiropractors side of the story. Understand that this little history lesson is only ONE of the many onion-like layers to why a chiropractor practicing the safest and effective means of healthcare in the world is still not more universally accepted and understood by the medical profession and the rest of the public. Back in the day chiropractors had it
Every couple of years, or less, another pyramid marketing company boast their newest, proprietary supplement line or weight loss products. Stop getting fooled. These products are NOT healthy by their very nature. They, like so many processed food-like products, are nothing special. “But Dr. Wickstrom, they have this new antioxidant, probiotic, amino acid, vitamin and mineral, transdermal, sublingual, proprietary blend that is premium naturopathic, all natural… pill, powder, patch, shake etc.” Yes, that may be mostly true but that doesn’t mean that it’s any better than whole foods. At the end of the day all you have is another person’s attempt to patent a specific “formula” that only one company can sell and make money off of. The best way to make money selling something is to be excited about the product and have knowledge (even if only perceived knowledge) about the product. No one wants to buy something from a “Debbie Downer” who could care less if you get their magic bean shake mix. You want to feel confident in your purchase and you’re more likely to feel that way with someone who swears up and down that their ultra, fancy, high-tech, science vitamin and a mineral patch is THE latest and greatest advancement in the world of human nutrition and will be sure to make you super human healthy. The reason
As with many forms of martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is heavily rooted in grappling techniques. As a result, training in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu requires a lot of falls, which inevitably have the potential to create structural issues in the spine that can and often do lead to long term chronic neck pain, mid back pain, low back pain, headaches, numbness, tingling, etc. It’s easy to recognize most acute injuries when they happen because of the common symptom of pain or swelling that often immediately follows an unpleasant event. If you’ve spent any time sparring in Brazilian jiu-jitsu or any other martial arts technique, you will eventually experience some kind of injury. For the most part, a twisted ankle or broken collar bone are “obvious” injuries that will quickly get examined or at least treated with something like ice, pain killers or rest. It’s not uncommon for people to not give it another thought as soon as the initial pain from the injury subsides. As long as you can “walk it off” you must be fine right? A structural chiropractor understands the importance of correcting and maintaining an ideal spinal structure will tell you that this is a big mistake. Most people do nothing when they take a nasty fall from a toss etc. and chalk up the common aches and pains
There are a lot of misconceptions in the world of bodybuilding. We’ve all heard weekend warriors and couch potato claims “I could do that if I wanted to” and “If I used steroids I’d be that big too”. For those who actually are competitive bodybuilders, these statements are just something that comes with the territory. Bodybuilders understand that the sport is far more than just lifting weights. A masterful amount of self-discipline, preparation, training and research goes into molding the human body into an amazing example of art and perfection. It’s not as simple as just spending more time in the gym than the other competitors. In fact, spending too much time and limiting recovery time can be detrimental. Bodybuilding requires a massive amount of lifting while maintaining optimal balance. It is essential to allow the muscle the proper time to recover as well as stressing all the muscles equally to create symmetrical muscle growth on both sides of the body. No one is winning any competitions with a great physique on just the right side of their body. More to the point, you put yourself at great risk of injury when you are unbalanced. I had the distinct pleasure of being able to hear Lou Ferrigno speak in person to hundreds of future chiropractors, myself included. My first thought was that
There is often a lot of confusion as to what chiropractors treat. Public knowledge currently recognizes that chiropractors are able to treat headaches, migraines, low back pain, mid back pain, neck pain, sciatica and other musculoskeletal aches and pains. Anecdotally chiropractors are said to be able to do so much more. Once again the problem lies not just with those who are opposed to seeing a chiropractor for their healthcare needs but chiropractors themselves. So what’s the deal? First, if your chiropractor says he can “cure” anything, you may have a problem, but are they really wrong? According to dictionary.com Cure:noun 1. A means of healing or restoring to health; remedy. 2. A method or course of remedial treatment, as for disease. 3. Successful remedial treatment; restoration to health. Most people misunderstand the “disease” part of the definition of cure. It’s certainly obvious that a chiropractor can help you with the restoration of health when it comes to your neck pain, back pain, headaches, sciatica etc. Clearly chiropractic can “cure” a number of neuromusculoskeletal “diseases” that CAUSE neck pain, headaches, migraines, low back pain, mid back pain, sciatica. But what is a “disease”? Again back to dictionary.com Disease:noun 1. A disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infections, poisons,
Biggie Biggie Pharma can’t you see, sometimes your ads just hypnotize me. Hopefully, that completely awesome 90’s reference wasn’t wasted. For a boring old chiropractor, I’m doing my best to stay connect to my patients and potential chiropractic patient to help them understand why seeing a chiropractor is often the best choice for many of you healthcare needs. No, I did not say ALL, but let’s give credit where credit is due and there are many integrated chiropractors that utilize structural correction and whole food nutrition to address two very important and often neglected areas of health; the nervous system and nutrition.The question is “WHY?” Why do so many people head to a medical doctor first and without hesitation instead of utilizing more cost-effective and safer options with their local Greenville, NC chiropractor? This is the preverbal $64,000 question isn’t. It’s also one that is particularly hard to for a chiropractor to answer. I am in, what is known among chiropractors as, the chiro-bubble. I don’t understand why potential chiropractic patients don’t understand what I clearly understand, which is that chiropractic is a far safer, more effective, healthier and less expensive form of healthcare for a myriad of specific conditions like headaches, migraines, low back pain, mid back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, numbness, tingling and many more. Not only does chiropractic have
Chiropractor Rant About Injections for Migraines I’m am going to try and keep calm but this one really frustrates me. It saddens me that I hear so often that people are going to get injections for their migraines. Another particularly common statement that preempts this is “I went to a chiropractor for “x” number of years and it never helped”. First off. IT was not the problem. Chiropractic is the implied “it” that somehow didn’t work but the reality is that the chiropractor did not find and fix the problem. It’s ok. That doesn’t mean that he is a terrible chiropractor but the odds are that if you went to get one or more injections to help with your headaches or migraines then you would have been better off finding another chiropractor. WHAT primary condition was found to prove this? Did your medical doctor or chiropractor find and verify the exact cause of your problem? I don’t mean did he/she say… well, I guess or it must be “X” since nothing is “working”. Or worse yet did he/she say they knew what it was but they have no x-rays, test or exam or proof of it? It is a real possibility that you have headaches or migraines because of a condition that is not treatable by a chiropractor or, at least, chiropractic adjustments.
Take some time to be thankful for your chiropractor this holiday season, assuming you have a good chiropractor. Don’t be naïve enough to think that any medical doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, therapist or any other kind of service related professional you pay is more than just mediocre just because he/she has a piece of paper saying so. Unlike Santa, we do not have a “Naughty List” that can identify what chiropractor or health care professions to or not to go to for your healthcare needs. Online reviews and search engines can be helpful but with something as important as your health, do NOT rely solely on how Google rates your doctor’s office. Once you have done your due diligence and have been able to acquire the chiropractic services of an above average chiropractor, then you are in a unique position to enjoy the holidays. Certainly this is not always the case, however, take some time to think back to the time BEFORE you started getting adjusted by your chiropractor. Remember that time when you could barely walk. How about when you have pain like lighting firing down your neck and into your fingers. The pain was so bad you couldn’t even put on your own shirt or brush your teeth let alone pick up and hug your kids. How about when the
Crossfit Chiropractor There are some concerns that many people have when it comes to lots of different types of exercise and Crossfit and certainly one that has come under criticism recently. With most exercise, chiropractors recognize that proper technique and form is paramount. There have been some complaints as to the “danger” or frequency of injuries related to Crossfit. Here’s the problem with making that assumption. 1. Injury rates of a particular activity do not guarantee that the particular activity is inherently dangerous.Let’s consider the well-deserved popularity of Crossfit and recognize that its results are impressive, but the rate at which it has grown has the potential to create problems. The types of lifts and exercises that are utilized in the Crossfit world are often NOT for beginners. But who is often looking for big results? Beginners who have little if any experience with athletics let alone Olympic lifts. 2. Some of the Olympic lifts and advanced exercise are potentially dangerous but only if you have poor technique and consistently attempt more than you are capable of. Point being that if underqualified or inexperienced people are teaching weekend warriors with little to no athletic experience looking for a “quick fix” to a flat stomach, it doesn’t take a chiropractor to see there are going to be some people getting hurt.Now that’s not to say
Chiropractors and Car Accidents The medical community is woefully undertrained in diagnosing and treating soft tissue injuries. That may not sound like a big deal but to a chiropractor who understands the seriousness that whiplash from a car accident can possess, it is a VERY big deal. Car accidents are one of the top causes of injury in the U.S. Chiropractors, MDs, teachers, police, sanitation workers; essentially everybody drives a car. As a result, car accidents are very common and thus so are injuries sustained from them. The problem is that very few people understand their potential severity. This is far worse of a problem when the chiropractors and lawyers working with most of these whiplash injuries do not realize their significance either. It’s a challenge, to say the least, to find a chiropractor or a lawyer who is willing to really go the extra distance for a patient with what is often labeled as “just a soft tissue injury”. You might as well say they have “just a concussion”. Concussions were often thought to be far less significant than they are. Even now there is new information coming light to about their severity, especially with repeated occurrences. But the lasting effects, where big enough for numerous retired professional football players that they won a $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries they sustain
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