5 Questions to Ask Your Chiropractor
If you have lower back pain, neck pain, or headaches, you need to see a chiropractor. Our team of professional healthcare providers at Harborside Sport & Spine in Jersey City, NJ provides comprehensive chiropractic services. For more information, feel free to call us.
Whether you have recently experienced an injury, are dealing with unexplained pain, or are looking for help with a chronic condition, a chiropractor can provide numerous benefits! Chiropractic care focuses on the health of your spine and its relation to the rest of your body. At Harborside Sport & Spine, our chiropractors would be pleased to provide you with high-quality chiropractic treatment.
What does a chiropractor do?
A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders and conditions within and affecting the neuromusculoskeletal structure. Your neuromusculoskeletal structure includes your spinal cord, nerves, muscles, bones, ligaments, joints, and tendons.
Chiropractors provide healthcare based on the premise that there is a functional relationship between the spinal cord and the health of the rest of the body. This premise is based on the fact that the spinal cord works as the mediator between the brain and the rest of the body. As part of the central nervous system (CNS), the spinal cord functions as a highway through which your brain can send messages to the rest of your body. As such, misalignment within the spinal cord can lead to a broad range of neuromusculoskeletal conditions and disorders.
With that in mind, chiropractors treat disorders and conditions of the neuromusculoskeletal structure through a technique known as spinal manipulation, also referred to as chiropractic adjustments. This treatment involves a quick and measured thrust to the spinal joints to realign the spinal cord. Spinal manipulation is quick and effective and should not cause you any pain during a chiropractic procedure.
What problems can a chiropractor help with?
Since the neuromusculoskeletal system covers a broad range of nerves, bones, joints, and soft tissues in the body, a chiropractor can diagnose and treat numerous conditions, injuries, illnesses, and disorders, including the following:
- Arthritis pain, including osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Back pain
- Motor vehicle accident injuries, such as whiplash
- Neck pain
- Overuse or repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), such as tendonitis, herniated discs, or bursitis
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Sciatica, or lower back and leg pain
- Sports injuries
- And many others!
Do chiropractors take walk-ins?
Whether or not a chiropractor accepts walk-in appointments typically varies depending on the clinic. At Harborside Sport & Spine, we ask that you schedule appointments in advance, which can be done through our website or by calling us.
Can you see a chiropractor without a referral?
In general, you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor. With that being said, you may want to refer to your health insurance plan to see if there are any referral requirements for coverage to be provided. You can do this by calling or emailing your health insurance provider and asking if they require referrals before providing chiropractic coverage.
How often should you visit the chiropractor?
The frequency with which you should visit the chiropractor largely depends on the severity of your pain, injury, or condition and how well you respond to chiropractic treatment. Moreover, your chiropractor will let you know when and how often you should return for a chiropractic appointment. With that being said, you may benefit most from seeing a chiropractor once per week, or you may only need to see a chiropractor once or twice per month for spinal adjustments.
For more information about chiropractic care or to schedule an appointment with one of our quality chiropractors at Harborside Sport & Spine, we welcome you to call us or schedule an appointment through our website! We serve patients from Jersey City NJ, Hoboken NJ, Weehawken NJ, West New York NJ, Guttenberg NJ, Secaucus NJ, Harrison NJ, Kearny NJ, Newark NJ, Belleville NJ, Lyndhurst NJ, East Orange NJ, and Elizabeth NJ.