Chiropractie Brunssum Fitzgerald | Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Is chiropractic treatment covered by insurance ?
Most insurance carriers cover chiropractic services under alternative or paramedical treatment. The reimbursement and coverage varies between insurance carriers and policies so we recommend that you contact your insurance carrier to inquire as to your specific coverage.
Are Chiropractic treatments safe ?
Recent studies show that chiropractic treatments are safe. Like other Medical services there is the possibility of complications and reactions to the treatment. By performing a through history and screening exams we minimize the likelihood of any complications resulting from treatment.
I don’t have any pain but my chiropractor still recommends treatment. Why ?
Chiropractors know that pain is a poor indicator that a problem exists. We all know or heard of someone that we thought was healthy or looked healthy only to find out that the same person had a life threatening problem shortly thereafter. Not every disease or problem immediately causes symptoms or pain. After your pain or other symptoms have disappeared chiropractors will continue to treat to stabilize the vertebra, ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves. The purpose of the treatment is so that the problem doesn’t immediately return. Being free from pain does not mean one is healthy.
Will I always need Chiropractic treatment ?
No, but you can choose to continue treatment according to chiropractic philosophy. We will make a comparison with Dental hygiene. You go to the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and examination for the prevention of tooth decay. Likewise chiropractors recommend visits for the prevention of spinal decay. The frequency of your treatment would depend on your general health, the health of you vertebral column, and other factors. Think about the old phrase we frequently hear “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Do I need a referral from my Doctor for Chiropractic treatment ?
No, a referral from a medical doctor is not usually necessary. You can usually make an appointment with the chiropractor straight away. We try to schedule our patients within 24 hours for a treatment. Emergency treatments can usually be accommodated the same day you call. If you have any additional medical information such as X-rays, MRI's, or other testing, please bring these with you. We can also send reports to your medical doctor regarding your treatment and progress if you wish.
Why has my Medical Doctor advised me not to pursue treatment with a chiropractor or to discontinue chiropractic treatment ?
Sometimes even Medical physicians and specialist are not knowledgeable about the benefits of chiropractic treatment and the vast amount of scientific studies that support chiropractic treatment. Medical physicians frequently believe chiropractic treatments are unsafe or the same as physical therapy, massage or osteopathy. Recent evidence supports the combination of medical and chiropractic treatment as the most effective for musculoskeletal pain. Remember you are responsible for your own health so whichever type of treatment you choose the most important result is that there is improvement and healing.
Can Chiropractic treatment help a herniated (slipped) disc ?
Usually yes, but not all the time. Dr. Fitzgerald has helped many patients who suffered with pain from a herniated disc avoid surgery. It is always advisable to begin with the least invasive type of treatment and progress to more invasive treatments such as injections and surgery if no improvement is noted. No medical specialist can give you a 100% guarantee that the drug they prescribe or the operation they perform will be successful with no complications.
What is a chiropractic treatment and is it painful ?
A Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is performed by most chiropractors. Manipulation can be performed on any joint of the body but usually a chiropractor concentrates on the vertebral joints due to its close relationship with the nervous system. Chiropractors are intensely trained in manipulation during their four year Chiropractic University education and are uniquely qualified to perform manipulations in a painless and correct manner. Sometimes a new patient may feel a little sore or stiff after the first treatment but this is usually of a short duration. In addition to joint manipulation, Dr. Fitzgerald may perform soft tissue manipulation, stretching, and exercise therapy as well as offer lifestyle and dietary advice.
What is the cracking or popping sound heard during a manipulation ?
The cracking or popping sound that may sometimes be heard during a manipulation is made by gases which escape from the joint capsules. It is similar to the sound you hear when you crack your knuckles. The cracking sound is not necessary for a successful treatment and there are techniques that produce no cracking sounds and are very effective. Dr. Fitzgerald utilizes many different techniques and will decide, together with you, which is most appropriate for your condition and goals.
What is the difference between Chiropractic, physical therapy, massage and osteopathy ?
All of these professions concentrate on similar conditions; however, chiropractors pay special attention to the vertebral column and its close relationship to the nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves) and the musculoskeletal system in treating the complaint. Most chiropractors will offer lifestyle, exercise and dietary advice providing a “holistic” or whole body approach to treatment. A chiropractor is trained in diagnosis and can interpret x-rays, MRIs and other diagnostic examinations to get a total overview of the problem. Registered chiropractors have a university education unlike some of the other professions mentioned.
What type of education does a chiropractor have ?
Registered chiropractors have a four year university education. In addition Dr. Fitzgerald stays informed of all the latest chiropractic methods and attends yearly post graduate education seminars and events.