Maybe you were referred to us and have questions, concerns, even some fears.
We want to provide a real clear picture not just of chiropractic care but the kind of holistic care you'll receive from Dr. Wagner so that you can make a very informed healthcare decision.
With today's information explosion, with it comes misinformation, but it can be hard to tell the difference. There are a lot of misconceptions about chiropractic care based on assumptions, misstatements and erroneous assumptions. Believing in myths or misinformation can actually be a deterrent to what might otherwise be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
If you were referred to Wagner Chiropractic by someone you know, there's a very good reason. We hope you asked your friend or loved one why he or she feels Wagner Chiropractic is right for you. Chances are their experiences at our center are very similar to the ones shared by our patients which for many are virtual miracle stories. You can read them here to get an idea of what's possible for you at Wagner Chiropractic. But if you're still not sure, even after perusing our website, we urge you to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Wagner and receive as a bonus gift to you, a complimentary half hour massage in-house with one of the finest massage therapists we have worked with.
Are Chiropractors Real Doctors?
Chiropractic care is an evidence-based, non-invasive approach to healthcare that is documented to yield improved clinical outcomes. reduced costs, and high levels of patient satisfaction.
Chiropractors are physicians who have earned the academic degree of "Doctor of Chiropractic." This degree is accomplished after an average eight years of university training. While medical doctors may prescribe medication, chiropractors do not. The scope of what medical treatment and procedures chiropractors are allowed to perform varies by state. Many states consider chiropractors "healthcare providers."
Licensed chiropractors successfully pass the National Board Exam (NBCE), Parts I, II, III IV (practical) and state boards.
A chiropractor's years of medical school include four to five years undergraduate study (Bachelor's degree required/state dependent), five years Chiropractic school, and one year residency for a minimum of ten years of education.
- Medical doctors receive 4,800 total educational hours.
- Doctors of osteopathy receive 4,665 total educational hours.
- Doctors of chiropractic receive 4,620 total educational hours.
Source for educational hours comparison diagram top of this column: American College of Physicians; https://www.annals.org
Will I Have to Come Forever?
Once a condition has developed that requires chiropractic care, a number of treatments over a several week or several month period may be necessary. Because of the nature of chiropractic, however, where the cause of the condition is addressed and not merely the symptoms or effects, a true healing occurs that will not require perpetual visits.
Many patients make their own choice to have regular appointments to ensure they not only remain in excellent physical condition but to continue to enjoy the journey of holistic wellness they discovered at Wagner Chiropractic.
Do I Have to Have Chronic Pain Before I See a Chiropractor?
You do not have to have chronic pain before visiting a chiropractor, however many people opt for chiropractic care as a holistic preventive measure because:
- When the body is in alignment, it is healthier, happier and stronger.
- It is much easier to create a culture of personal health and strength by receiving proactive treatments than receiving reactive treatments once a condition has manifested.
- Holistic chiropractic practices like Wagner Chiropractic can be very proactive by helping to keep you healthy and pain-free through:
What Conditions Can Generally Be Successfully Treated with Chiropractic?
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Balance difficulties
- Sports injuries
- Whiplash and other collision injuries
- Occupational injuries
- TMJ disorders
- Digestive problems
Sources for "Is Chiropractic Safe? Can I End Up Getting Hurt?" in column 2:
*Haldeman S., Carey P., Townsend M., Papadopoulos C.: Arterial dissections following cervical manipulation: the chiropractic experience. CMAJ 2001;165:905
**Email to American Chiropractic Association from Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 29, 2014.
***Smith, J. S. et al. Rates and causes of mortality associated with spine surgery based on 108,419 procedures: a review of the Scoliosis Research Society Morbidity and Mortality Database. Spine 2012, Nov 1;37(23):1975-82
Are you unsure if you need chiropractic care? Take the quick quiz below.
Do you have neck and/or back pain for longer than 20 minutes per day?
Do you get more than one headache per week?
Do you take over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen more than once a week?
Have you been in a motor vehicle accident over 35 mph or incurring $4,000+ amount of damage?
Are you younger than 40 and experience chronic back pain more than twice a week?
If you answered "yes" to any question above, you definitely may benefit from receiving holistic chiropractic care. Any one of these is not "normal" and can be reversed through chiropractic.
If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, click the downloadable coupon, right, and see us for a FREE consult.
Is Chiropractic Safe? Can I End Up Getting Hurt?
Dr. Ramah has performed more than 100,000 adjustments in her career so far without hurting one single patient. More people suffer strokes from running or while in the shower (one in three million) than from visiting their chiropractor.
Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care are generally considered safe and effective. Research shows chiropractic is helpful in treating neck pain and headaches, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
Chiropractic care is safe with a very low risk of serious complications at less than one per million (about 1 in every 5.86 million adjustments).* By comparison, the risk of death following other common treatments for spine-related pain is: 66 per million for prescription opioid pain medications;** and 1,800 per million for spine surgery.***
The Mayo Clinic says:
Chiropractic adjustment is safe when it's performed by someone trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care.
Millions of chiropractic adjustments are performed every day across the globe with very few serious adverse effects. Occasionally soreness or bruising may occur. Any evidence of serious injury as a result of chiropractic care is so negligible that such information is extremely challenging to find.
Some people assume the possibility of stroke from neck manipulation, but studies show otherwise. In fact, stroke happens at all types of doctors offices with medical doctors’ offices reporting a slightly higher incidence of random stroke emergencies than chiropractic offices.
A major reason why people have sometimes associated stroke with chiropractic is that an impending stroke causes neck pain. When the patient visits a chiropractor for relief of that neck pain and a stroke already underway (and about which he or she is unaware), they falsely associate the stroke with the treatment. This is a rare occurrence, however, because a good chiropractor will first assess the neck pain and will be able to determine if it’s a sign of an imminent stroke.
The risk of serious side effects/death associated with common treatments for musculoskeletal pain are documented as follows:*
- Spine surgery: 1,800 per one million
- Neck surgery: 500 per one million
- Use of NSAIDS/aspirin: 153 per one million
- Prescription opioid pain medication: 66 per one million
- Chiropractic adjustment: 1 per one million
*Smith, JS et al. Rates and causes of mortality associated with spine surgery based on 108,419 procedures; www.iowadcs.org
Will the Treatments Hurt or Be Painful?
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort, however just like with exercise, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment but this usually subsides within 12 to 48 hours.
Dr. Ramah has a scope to adjust for babies all the way to tough burly men. You can let Dr. Ramah know if you wanted to be adjusted light, medium, or strong. There are many ways for chiropractors to make adjustments and Dr. Ramah practices many of them.
Can I Receive Adjustments Post-Surgery?
Yes. You can receive adjustments post-surgery and Dr. Wagner will absolutely take your surgery into account. Receiving adjustments will actually speed the healing process while helping to restore your mobility.