Are Chiropractors Real Doctors?
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.
Dr. Ramah Wagner's education and experience includes all of the following
- Nine years university
- Two years acupuncture training
- Two years physical therapy training
- Doctorate in clinical counseling
- 300 hours neurology education
- Two and a half years "clear scoliosis" training and she is one of only 40 people in the world to have achieved this qualification
- Since the inception of Wagner Chiropractic in 2007, Dr. Ramah has performed approximately 1000 adjustments.
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:
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: 53.6 per million for prescription opioid pain medications;** and 1,800 per million for spine surgery.***
*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
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.
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