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<![CDATA[Chiropractic Care:  Frequently Asked Questions]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:27:31 GMThttp://back2work.clinic/blog/chiropractic-care-frequently-asked-questions
By: Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramírez DC, MD, NRCME

Do you suffer from joint pain?  Do you find it difficult to move or function from day-to-day?  If so, you can benefit from chiropractic care.  But wait!  What is it?  What are the benefits?  What types of procedures are offered?  If these are some of the questions you have, continue reading on for the answers.

Question:  What is chiropractic care?

Answer:  It is medical care that is deemed natural.  Chiropractors will rely on the x-rays and MRIs to make a proper diagnosis, but that is usually in terms of medical tools and technology.  They operate with a hands-on approach.  This approach is known as manual therapy.  Often, most physicians only treat the problem causing symptoms of pain and discomfort.  Chiropractors want to treat these symptoms too, but they go directly to the source and fix it.

Questions: What type of problems can chiropractic care treat?

Answer:  Just about anything.  If you suffer from pain and discomfort, a chiropractor should be able to provide you with relief.  This relief may not be immediate, as diagnosis and proper treatment plan must first happen.  Chiropractic care typically involves therapeutic massages or realignment.  It has been used to treat the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis, whiplash, and sports injuries.

Question:  Who can undergo chiropractic care?

Answer:  Just about anyone.  You will rarely find any restrictions or age requirements.  If they do exist, they are the doctor’s personal preferences.  Chiropractic care, when properly performed, is safe for individuals of all ages, including children and the elderly.  Pregnant women can benefit from it.  For most, it makes birth easier and less painful.

Question:  What type of schooling and experience must chiropractors have?

Answer:  Requirements vary depending on the state.  What you want to look for, as a patient, is a doctor with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree.  There are various tests that one has to undergo and pass.  Once again, these vary by state.  To receive a state license, more testing is required.  As for schooling, it is usually an ongoing practice.  New techniques are developed each year and tips are regularly shared between professionals.  Many chiropractors continue their schooling and attend yearly chiropractic conferences.  This is not usually required, but done to better their skills and treatment.

Question:  Does chiropractic care work?

Answer.  Yes.  Many individuals and some medical professionals write off chiropractic care as a questionable form of alternative medicine.  This is not the truth.  Chiropractic care is very successful.  Millions of men, women, and children have used the services of a chiropractor worldwide.  Many opt for continued treatment and care.  They wouldn’t if they didn’t notice an improvement in mobility and a reduction in pain.

Question:  Can I do my chiropractic care at home?

Answer:  No, you shouldn’t.  Many mistakenly believe that since chiropractic care involves using the hands, it can be done at home.  Yes, manual therapy does involve the use of the hands, but it is much more than that.  Precision is required.  Chiropractic adjustments are used to decrease pain and improve mobility in locked up joints.  Yes, the hands apply force, but if you are not accurate more damage and pain are likely.

Question:  Is chiropractic care long-term?

Answer:  It depends.  It all depends on the severity of your pain, the frequency, and your chiropractor’s choice of treatment.  For example, if headaches are caused by spinal distortion, vertebrae realignment is performed.  A chiropractor may suggest a few follow-up appointments, but treatment is usually short.  On the other hand, those suffering from osteoarthritis deal with pain and daily.  Therapeutic massages will reduce the pain, but continued treatment is best for long-lasting pain relief.

Question:  What makes chiropractic care better than traditional forms of medicine?

Answer:  A lot.  For starters, it is important to note that chiropractors do not discourage seeing a primary care physician.  Chiropractors specialize in alleviating pain and improving mobility, not curing cancer, or treating the flu.  As for the benefits, there are no drugs.  Chiropractors are unable to perform surgery and write prescriptions.  Your treatment is 100% natural.  This is less intimidating and the recovery time is short.  There rarely is a recovery period.  Continued physical therapy or therapeutic massages may be suggested, but there is never any hospitalization.

Contact the Author:

Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramirez, DC, MD, NRCME
CEO / Chiropractic Physician @ Back 2 Work Clinic
 

Web: https://back2work.clinic 
Office Phone: (208) 965-2262
Mobile Phone: (208) 576-4696
Email: drxavierortiz@back2work.clinic  
Mail to: PO Box 382 Meridian ID, 83680 
Practice: 950 E Riverside Dr. Eagle Idaho, 83616
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<![CDATA[Neck Pain and Chiropractic Care:  The Benefits]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:22:46 GMThttp://back2work.clinic/blog/neck-pain-and-chiropractic-care-the-benefits
By: Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramírez DC, MD, NRCME

Do you suffer from mild to severe neck pain?  Whether that pain is due to an injury or it is just a kink in the neck that you cannot explain, you may start preparing for long-term pain.  Please wait and stop!  Do not assume you will have to live with your pain.  A solution to your problem and pain relief may be a lot easier and quicker than you thought.  So, how do you seek relief?  By getting chiropractic care.

If you were not already aware, chiropractic care relies on the use of manual therapy.  With this type of therapy, surgical tools and instruments are not used.  Many practicing chiropractors rarely suggest surgery, unless in extreme cases they cannot treat.  Manual therapy involves hands-on treatment.  The hands are used to massage and thrust joints and bones back into place.

You know what both chiropractic care and chiropractors are, but you may be worried about the costs and the results.  Not all insurance providers cover chiropractic care, so you may be responsible for the cost out-of-pocket.  Is it worth it?  In most cases, yes.  The benefits neck pain patients receive from chiropractic care far outweigh the affordable costs.  Speaking of those benefits, what are they?

If you opt to seek neck pain treatment through chiropractic care, your chiropractor will do more than just massage the neck or adjust the joints in your neck.  More than one session is needed.  First, he or she will diagnose the problem.  Then, a treatment plan will be decided.  This may include regular therapeutic massages or a neck realignment.  Treatment may wait until the next appointment.  In cases of neck realignment, aftercare is especially important.  Your chiropractor may continue to massage the area or teach you exercises.

Decreased pain.  Not only do some patients experience a decrease in pain, but some see a complete elimination.  It all depends on the cause of the problem.  Were you in a car accident and suffered whiplash?  It will be painful, but the pain should go away on its own.  However, for the time being, it will be painful.  Ongoing therapeutic massages can speed up the progression of natural healing and reduce pain.

Improved mobility.  In terms of mobility, many automatically think of the feet.  Decreased mobility and movement can also result from neck pain.  A stiff neck can make it difficult and painful to move.  With chiropractic care, you will not have this problem anymore.  Full movement should be reported.

Less reliance on pain medications.  As previously stated, one of the many benefits of chiropractic care is reduced pain.  Chiropractic pain relief eliminates the need for over the counter and prescription pain relievers.  This is enough benefit alone to seek treatment for your stiff or painful neck.  Medications have many risks and side effects.  Keep your body pain-free and healthy by opting for natural medical care.

Most neck pain patients refer to chiropractors as miracle workers.  There is a good chance that your doctor will be able to alleviate or eliminate your pain, but there are no guarantees.  A wide range of complications causes neck pain.  A car accident can create a painful whiplash, but it can also lead to a fracture.  Most chiropractors are unable to treat neck fractures.  In and when that time comes, you will be referred to another qualified physician.

Contact the Author:

Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramirez, DC, MD, NRCME
CEO / Chiropractic Physician @ Back 2 Work Clinic
 

Web: https://back2work.clinic 
Office Phone: (208) 965-2262
Mobile Phone: (208) 576-4696
Email: drxavierortiz@back2work.clinic  
Mail to: PO Box 382 Meridian ID, 83680 
Practice: 950 E Riverside Dr. Eagle Idaho, 83616
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<![CDATA[5 Reasons to Visit a Chiropractor After a Car Accident]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:19:04 GMThttp://back2work.clinic/blog/5-reasons-to-visit-a-chiropractor-after-a-car-accident
​By: Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramírez DC, MD, NRCME

Were you in a car accident?  You feel fine, but are you?  You may not know.  That is why you should see a chiropractor.  Do you need more reasons?

1 – You May Have an Injury and Not Know It

Most individuals mistakenly believe that they will be in pain if they have an injury.  This is not always true.  Damage to the body, muscles, joints, and spine typically hurts, but there are no guarantees.  Some damage is just minor enough that there is no pain.  However, a smaller injury or just time can lead to aggravation and then pain.  Why not prevent this from happening? You can with chiropractic care.

After a car accident, a chiropractor will meet with you.  They will gather your medical history, perform a quick physical exam, and ask questions about your car accident.  They will diagnose any problems and decide on a course of treatment.  This treatment can include joint adjustments or therapeutic massages to relieve pain that will go away on its overtime.

2 – It Is Less Invasive

With chiropractic care, surgery is a last resort.  Even then, you are referred to a specialty surgeon.  No surgical tools or invasive medical procedures are needed for treatment.  Chiropractors rely on manual therapy, which is a therapy of the hands.  As previously stated, a joint adjustment may be necessary to properly realign a joint.  This is done with the precision force of the hands.  There is no cutting of the skin or drawing of blood.

After a car accident, many accident victims fear seeking medical treatment.  They worry about surgery or being loaded up on prescription medications that have many side effects. Although you may fear the hospital or your primary care physician, you have no reason to fear a chiropractor.  Although you are seeking medical care, a trip to the chiropractor may feel more like a trip to the spa than a doctor’s visit.

3 – No Medications

As previously stated, chiropractic care involves the use of manual therapy.  This is 100% all-natural.  If a chiropractor cannot see a patient right away, they may suggest the use of over-the-counter pain medications.  After treatment, they are no longer needed.  Pain relievers do provide relief, but that relief is short-lived and it only masks the problem.  Chiropractors want to eliminate your pain, but they do so by going directly to the source.  

Whiplash victims may receive ongoing massages to treat pain and discomfort.  Whiplash corrects itself over time, but not all corrections are proper.  A patient who does not wear a neck brace or does not limit their activities can experience complications.  In these instances, neck adjustments or vertebrae realignment are preformed.  Once again, this is done with the hands and not with medications or surgical tools.

4 – It Is Safe

Although chiropractic care is 100% natural, is there is some concern about the force used in adjustments.  What if a chiropractor slip?  Will more damage occur?  These are legitimate questions, but you do not need to worry.  Chiropractors are medical professionals.  They are educated and trained as such.  Not anyone can be a chiropractor.  It requires training, education, the passing of many tests, and a state license.  If your chiropractor is a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), you can rest assured knowing you are safe in their hands.

Not only is chiropractor a safe form of healthcare, but it is ideal for individuals of all ages.  Some parents bring their newborns in for examination following birth!  Yes, they do, and it is perfectly safe.  If your child is in the car with you during an accident, their primary care physician may prescribe pain medication that may even be dangerous, especially for some children.  The 100% natural relief of chiropractic care is safe for individuals of all ages and even pregnant women.

5 – It Is Sometimes Covered by Insurance

Following a car accident, your focus may be on costs.  After all, your car is damaged.  You may have to pay for a new method of transportation, but now healthcare too.  As previously stated, some injuries are hard to spot immediately following an automobile accident.  Do not wait to get diagnosed until after the incident and after all insurance claims have been filed.  Know now.

Luckily, many insurance providers extend coverage for chiropractic care.  Many realize that it can lower their operating costs.  The onetime cost of neck realignment is much cheaper than 10 years of prescribed pain medications or surgery.

Contact the Author:

Contact the Author:

Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramirez, DC, MD, NRCME
CEO / Chiropractic Physician @ Back 2 Work Clinic
 

Web: https://back2work.clinic 
Office Phone: (208) 965-2262
Mobile Phone: (208) 576-4696
Email: drxavierortiz@back2work.clinic  
Mail to: PO Box 382 Meridian ID, 83680 
Practice: 950 E Riverside Dr. Eagle Idaho, 83616
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<![CDATA[Chiropractic Care and Headaches]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:14:42 GMThttp://back2work.clinic/blog/chiropractic-care-and-headaches
By: Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramírez DC, MD, FP


Do you suffer from constant or severe headaches?  If so, you may do what most Americans do.  That simply just reaches for the medicine cabinet.  Yes, most over-the-counter products can relieve headache pains, but that relief is short-lived.  Instead of masking the pain with over-the-counter products, seek a proper diagnosis and long-term relief.  You can do so with chiropractic care.

What is chiropractic care?  It is a field of medicine.  Some classify it as alternative medicine.  It all depends on who you ask and their openness towards the subject.  Traditional physicians rely on their knowledge, medical tools, and medication to treat pain.  Chiropractors focus on manual therapy.  The hands and usually the hands alone provide it.  Common treatments offered by chiropractors include therapeutic massages and manipulative realignments.

Doesn’t a chiropractor only specialize in back pains?  This is a common misconception.  Chiropractors tend to focus on the spine, but you may be surprised how many ways the spine and its condition impacts our body.  Many chiropractors have years of experience helping patients diagnose, treat, and manage all types of pain, including headache pain.

Why should you see a chiropractor if you suffer from severe or constant headaches?  Headaches have many causes.  Daily stress causes most, but there may be a more serious underlying problem.  For example, those who have chronic muscle contractions may experience a spinal distortion, a cause of headaches.  Car accident victims commonly suffer from whiplash.  If improperly treated, this can also lead to headaches.  Without treatment, the pain will continue, and it may get worse over time.

How does chiropractic care help headaches?  It all depends on their cause.  If everyday stress is to blame, a chiropractor may suggest relaxing exercises at home or regular in-office therapeutic massages.  If headaches are caused by spinal distortion, a vertebrae alignment may be performed.  This alleviates the pressure from nerves, which should reduce headache pain and frequency. 

Will the headaches stop after seeking chiropractic care?  Yes and no.  First, it is important to remember that headaches are caused by many factors.  If your cause is due to spinal distortion, vertebrae realignment will help.  This will reduce the frequency of headaches caused by this specific problem.  But you may get another headache from just having a bad day at work.  You and your chiropractor will work together to achieve long-term pain relief.  In addition to therapeutic massages, trigger factors will be discussed.  You will later need to avoid these triggers.

What should you ask your chiropractor after treatment?  Many patients mistakenly believe they are treated and no longer need to seek treatment.  Chiropractic care does not mean long-term care.  Before parting ways, however, pick your chiropractor’s brain for suggestions to later prevent headache pain or lessens the severity.  As previously stated, trigger factors need to be eliminated.  Not only that, but proper posture is also important.  This is a chiropractor’s specialty.  Ask them about natural ways to prevent pain, including relaxation and proper posture.

In short, headaches have many causes.  Daily stress is not the only cause.  Do not mask the pain.  See what you can do to get long-term and long-lasting relief.  So, the next time you get a severe, long-lasting, or recurring headache, do not head to the medicine cabinet. Instead, head to your local phone book.  Find the contact information for a local chiropractic care specialist and see what they can do for you.

Contact the Author:

Contact the Author:

Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramirez, DC, MD, NRCME
CEO / Chiropractic Physician @ Back 2 Work Clinic
 

Web: https://back2work.clinic 
Office Phone: (208) 965-2262
Mobile Phone: (208) 576-4696
Email: drxavierortiz@back2work.clinic  
Mail to: PO Box 382 Meridian ID, 83680 
Practice: 950 E Riverside Dr. Eagle Idaho, 83616
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<![CDATA[Chiropractic Care and Back Pain]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:09:43 GMThttp://back2work.clinic/blog/chiropractic-care-and-back-pain
By: Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramírez DC, MD, NRCME


At one point in time, we all experience back pain.  For some, it was just exercising too hard or improperly lifting a box.  These types of back pains are usually minor and the pain will subside with time and self-care.  There are, however, instances in which back pain is more serious and when medical care is needed.

When suffering from back pain, most individuals head to their primary care physician.  If this is your only option, this is fine.  But, if you have the financial resources needed to pay for your appointments or if chiropractic care is covered by your health insurance, head to a chiropractor.  Why?  Because the care is better and safer.

What is chiropractic care?  Chiropractic care is the natural practice of medicine.  It relies on manual therapy.  This involves the use of hands.  Medical tools, such as sonograms, x-rays, or MRIs, may be used to diagnose a problem, but the hands only usually provide treatment.  Popular procedures performed by chiropractors include therapeutic massages and chiropractic adjustments.  This involves using precise force to thrust a joint back into place or to extend it past its current ability to move.

How does treatment for back pain vary from traditional forms of health care?  If you visit your primary care physician to seek pain relief, he or she will usually tell you to take easy and prescribe pain medication.  This only temporarily relieves the pain.  Not all forms of back pain heal themselves.  A slipped disk or another spinal or joint problem may be to blame.  Pain pills and rest will not solve the problem, but chiropractors do.  They will manipulate the spine and the back to elevate pain and improve mobility.

Does chiropractic care automatically mean ongoing care?  No.  Many people mistakenly believe that once you visit a chiropractor, you must continue going.  Some chiropractors do recommend continued care, but not always.  For example, if an adjustment or spinal manipulation is used, you may need to return for a small amount of therapy or just a follow-up appointment.  During that appointment, your chiropractor will share ways to stop pain at home.  This will include showing you how to properly lift boxes, sit at a computer, and so forth.  They may ask you to return in another six months to monitor the progress.

How does one find a chiropractor?  Unless you already knew the benefits of chiropractic care, you might not have given chiropractors any thought.  You may have driven by two or three offices a day and never noticed.  It is easy to find chiropractors.  They are everywhere.  Your town or a nearby town should have at least two to choose from.  As for how you can find them, local phonebooks, online business directories, insurance providers, recommendations from those you know, and by performing a standard internet search.

How does one choose a chiropractor?  You now know how to find chiropractors, but how do you choose one?  If covered by health insurance, check with your provider.  Some offer money-saving discounts to those who go with special in-network providers.  If not, opt for a chiropractor who accepts your insurance.  If uninsured, opt for the chiropractor with the most affordable rates or one who offers flexible payment plans.

In conclusion, if you suffer from back pain or discomfort, don’t suffer in silence any longer.  Don’t just mask your symptoms.  Recurring back pain is a sign that something is wrong.  A licensed chiropractor cannot only find the problem, but treat it with no surgery, non-invasive procedures, and with no medication.

Contact the Author:

Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramirez, DC, MD, NRCME
CEO / Chiropractic Physician @ Back 2 Work Clinic
 

Web: https://back2work.clinic 
Office Phone: (208) 965-2262
Mobile Phone: (208) 576-4696
Email: drxavierortiz@back2work.clinic  
Mail to: PO Box 382 Meridian ID, 83680 
Practice: 950 E Riverside Dr. Eagle Idaho, 83616
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<![CDATA[Chiropractic Care:  Your Second Visit]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:06:09 GMThttp://back2work.clinic/blog/chiropractic-care-your-second-visit
By: Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramírez DC, MD, NRCME

You made the first step of seeking long-lasting pain relief from a chiropractor.  You made an appointment and went.  So, what comes next?  Most chiropractors encourage a second appointment.  If yours suggests, what can you expect?

The review of findings.  Typically, your first chiropractic appointment will be used to gather your medical history and diagnosis of the problem.  This may have involved an MRI or x-ray.  Some chiropractors can diagnose a problem immediately, but others may review your tests and physical exam in between your first and second appointment.  At your second appointment, they will review the findings with you.  For example, if you suffer from ongoing headaches, the problem may be poor posture, stress, or muscle contractions that resulted in spinal distortion.

Treatment plan outline.  After reviewing their findings with you, your chiropractor will discuss treatment options.  Together, you will decide on a short or long-term course of treatment.  For example, headaches caused by daily stress may require regular therapeutic massages.  Headaches caused by muscle contractions and spinal distortion may require a neck adjustment.

Questions.  After hearing the report of findings and hearing your chiropractor’s preferred choice of treatment, you will likely have many questions.  This is the time to ask.  Your chiropractor should ask you if your questions.  What should you ask?  Anything.  If you are worried about pain, ask if you will feel it.  Are you curious if you need one treatment or continued care?  If so, ask.  Your chiropractor should explain your treatment option, such as an adjustment, realignment, or therapeutic massage.  If you didn’t get a detailed explanation, ask for more information.

Treatment may start.  As previously stated, some chiropractors can diagnose and start treatment in the first appointment.  This all depends on the length of your appointment, your doctor’s preferences, and the severity of the problem.  If the treatment did not already start, it will now.  For example, if your doctor recommends neck adjustment to treat ongoing headaches, they will properly position you and use the precision force of the hands to force the joints back into place.  When properly done, this should reduce or eliminate pain.

Expectations.  After treatment, your chiropractor will highlight expectations.  Even if ongoing care is not needed, you still need to take care of your body.  You cannot help a car accident or arthritis, but you can stop pain due to poor posture and stress.  If ongoing care is not required, your chiropractor will still stress the importance of returning if the pain does.  You will be shown natural ways to avoid pain.  For example, if poor posture caused your back pain, your chiropractor should show you the proper way to sit.  Listen and take their advice.  

Financial issues.  Some chiropractors prefer to discuss financial issues at the first appointment, but others wait.  If onetime treatment is enough, financial issues may not be a problem.  They can be with continued care.  For example, those with rheumatoid arthritis can benefit from regular therapeutic massages and may need yearly adjustments.  Those without insurance can have difficulty making payments.  Some chiropractors will agree to affordable monthly payments.

End of session.  At the end of your session, your chiropractor should once again ask you if you have any questions or concerns.  If you do, now is the time to ask.  If continued care is required, you will need to schedule a third appointment.  Do this before leaving the office.  If continued care is not required, still take the business card handed to you.  Chiropractic care fixes the problem at the source, so pain should subside, but there are no guarantees it will not return.

Contact the Author:

Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramirez, DC, MD, NRCME
CEO / Chiropractic Physician @ Back 2 Work Clinic
 

Web: https://back2work.clinic 
Office Phone: (208) 965-2262
Mobile Phone: (208) 576-4696
Email: drxavierortiz@back2work.clinic  
Mail to: PO Box 382 Meridian ID, 83680 
Practice: 950 E Riverside Dr. Eagle Idaho, 83616
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<![CDATA[Chiropractic Care:  Your First Visit]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:01:20 GMThttp://back2work.clinic/blog/chiropractic-care-your-first-visit
By: Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramírez DC, MD, FP

You may have heard that chiropractic care has many benefits.  It is a natural form of healthcare that can lead to long-term relief of pain, discomfort, and improved mobility.  Most patients see a chiropractor when in pain, but you do not have to wait.  If you want to lead a natural and healthy life, seek natural medical care through a chiropractor.

Regardless of your reason for seeking chiropractic care, you may wonder about your first appointment.  What can you expect?

Paperwork.  Many new patients mistakenly believe they will not need to fill out a lot of paperwork.  Unfortunately, all medication professionals recommend it.  This is for your safety though.  Even though chiropractors do not administer medication, they still need all the information on your background and medical history.  In addition to the medical history forms, you will be required to provide your contact and payment information.

On average, it can take 10 to 20 minutes to fill out all the required paperwork.  Your chiropractor may ask you to arrive early.  If you are pressed for time, ask to pick up these forms ahead of time.  You can complete them at home and bring them with you to your appointment.

Education.  Chiropractic care is unlike traditional medical care.  Yes, there are many similarities, but there are also many differences.  As previously stated, they do not administer medication.  They also do not perform surgery.  What they do use is diagnosable medical tools, such as sonograms, x-rays, and MRIs.  After these tools are used to get a proper diagnosis, manual therapy kicks in.  Chiropractors use their hands, precise force, and their training to treat spinal and joint problems.

As for why education is important, many are unfamiliar with chiropractic care.  Most Americans have it drilled into their heads that rest, relaxation, and pain medications are the best way to seek relief.  After all, we have heard this for years.  Your chiropractor will educate you on the history of chiropractic care, its benefits, the differences between other forms of medical care, and why you made the right choice to come in for an appointment.

Examination.  You will undergo many tests when at a first chiropractic appointment.  As previously stated, you will get a quick physical exam. Your doctor may take your height and weight, test your blood pressure, or take your temperature.  If he or she suspects a serious injury, a sonogram, MRI, or x-ray may be used.  If not, your chiropractor will rely on their hands to get a good feel of the area causing you pain.

Consultation.  This step varies depending on appointment length, chiropractor preferences, and diagnosis.  If your doctor wants to wait and review your tests or take time to think about a course of treatment, you will need to return for a second appointment.  This should conclude your first one.  Some chiropractors can and will diagnose right away.  They will then consult their findings and preferred method of treatment right away.  Treatment may begin.  This may involve a simple therapeutic massage or a spinal or joint adjustment.

Picture taking.  Although optional, many chiropractors like to take pictures of their new patients.  Some want to highlight improvements.   Your chiropractor may use before and after pictures to show to new patients or at medical conferences, but most will ask for permission first.  They may also want you to see the difference at the end of treatment.

So, there you have it. You can expect some of these things at your first appointment.  All medical professionals are different, so your first appointment may vary slightly.

Contact the Author:

Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramirez, DC, MD, NRCME
CEO / Chiropractic Physician @ Back 2 Work Clinic
 

Web: https://back2work.clinic 
Office Phone: (208) 965-2262
Mobile Phone: (208) 576-4696
Email: drxavierortiz@back2work.clinic  
Mail to: PO Box 382 Meridian ID, 83680 
Practice: 950 E Riverside Dr. Eagle Idaho, 83616
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<![CDATA[Chiropractic Care and Children]]>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 23:55:58 GMThttp://back2work.clinic/blog/chiropractic-care-and-children
By: Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramírez DC, MD, NRCME

We all experience pain and discomfort at one time or another.  This pain and discomfort can be caused by many factors, including injury, arthritis, and poor joint use.  Pain is not a walk in the park.  When children suffer pain, it can be unbearable, for both them and their parents.  If your child complains of pain or difficulty moving, your first thought may be to take them to their primary care physician.  Yes, you can, but why not opt for natural relief?  You can get it with chiropractic care.

If you didn’t already know, chiropractic care is a natural form of medicine.  Patients can opt to take over-the-counter pain relievers, but they are rarely needed when proper treatment is sought.  Chiropractic care involves manual therapy, also known as hand therapy.  A child suffering from neck pain may need neck realignment or regular therapeutic massages.  A child suffering from constant and severe headaches may need a vertebrae alignment.  These treatments sound complicated, but they are all done with precision force and with the hands.

One of the first questions parents ask is about safety.  Many wonders if chiropractic care is safe for children.  Yes.  It is safer than most forms of traditional medicine.  Your child’s primary care physician may prescribe a pain reliever.  Both prescribed and over-the-counter pain relievers are risky for children.  There are many risks and typically some side effects.  Chiropractors cannot prescribe medication.  Most wouldn’t want to anyway.  Instead, natural treatment is sought and through the hands.  The treatment will depend on the diagnosis made but remember it is usually a joint adjustment or a therapeutic massage.  These are 100% all-natural and not risky.

Another important point parents, like yourself, are urged to consider is long-term relief.  Many mistakenly believe that chiropractic care is long-term.  It can be, but not always.  Parents and chiropractors develop long-term treatment plans together.  If your child’s lower back problems were caused by improper posture, therapeutic massages or readjustment may be necessary, but continued treatment is usually rare.  Your child’s chiropractor will however discuss the importance of proper posture with you and your child and share helpful tips.

If your child needs long-term care, the cost may be a concern.  Although some classify chiropractic care as alternative medicine, many insurance companies extend coverage.  Talk to your insurance provider and find a chiropractor that accepts it.  If uninsured, inquire about payment plans.

As previously stated, a primary care physician may prescribe over-the-counter pain pills for the pain and offer a brace for support.  These are only temporary solutions to the problem.  Many physicians only treat the symptoms, not the problem at hand.  As previously stated, a child suffering from neck pain may need an adjustment or realignment.  With chiropractic care, this is done with precise hand manipulation.  A primary care physician is likely to prescribe pain pills, slap a brace on your child, and send them on their way.
 
As shown above, chiropractic care is safe for individuals of all ages, including children.  Still, there are many ways that you can eliminate the need for chiropractic care.  It might be a lot easier than you think.  For starters, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) claims that poor quality backpacks and improper use can lead to lower back pain in children.  So, if you are the parent of a school-aged child, make sure your child’s bag is less than 10% of their weight, do not let it hang too far below the waistline, keep pointy objects away from your child’s back, and choose a backpack with wide and adjustable straps.

Another easy way to reduce pain and discomfort in children is to encourage proper posture as a parent.  This is particularly important today, as children spend many hours watching television, playing video games, and using a computer.  Encourage your child to sit up straight.  This simple step can later reduce the likelihood of back and neck pain.

Contact the Author:

Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramirez, DC, MD, NRCME
CEO / Chiropractic Physician @ Back 2 Work Clinic
 

Web: https://back2work.clinic 
Office Phone: (208) 965-2262
Mobile Phone: (208) 576-4696
Email: drxavierortiz@back2work.clinic  
Mail to: PO Box 382 Meridian ID, 83680 
Practice: 950 E Riverside Dr. Eagle Idaho, 83616
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<![CDATA[What If You Don’t Like Your Chiropractor]]>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 23:52:09 GMThttp://back2work.clinic/blog/what-if-you-dont-like-your-chiropractor
By: Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramírez DC, MD, NRCME

Chiropractic care has many benefits.  A chiropractor can do more than just alleviate the pain and discomfort of a joint or muscle.  Chiropractic care can treat and manage allergies, arthritis, sleep difficulties, earaches, scoliosis, and more.  Essentially, if anything is causing you pain or stress, chiropractic care can help.  For that reason, you may be one of the millions of individuals who seek treatment.  But what if you get a chiropractor you don’t like?

First, examine your reasons for not liking him or her.  Be sure you have a good reason.  As previously stated, chiropractic care has many benefits.  It is usually less intimidating than traditional medical care, but some still find it overwhelming.  Do not let your fear of seeking treatment mistakenly translate into dislike for your care provider.  

As stated above, you should have a legitimate reason for not liking your chiropractor.  Two good examples include blame and not listening.  Do you need to constantly discuss your pain with your chiropractor?  Are they not listening to your explanation of trigger factors or answering your questions?  You should not need to constantly repeat yourself.  Yes, chiropractors do see many patients, but your medical history is recorded or at least it should be.

As for blame, this is common with parents.  Has your child been suffering from lower back pain for years?  Poor posture or a heavy backpack may be to blame.  At first, you may have written off your child’s pain and discomfort as normal growing pains.  As the pains continued to get worse or increased in frequency, you may have visited a local chiropractor.  You thought you were doing good, but the chiropractor criticized you for waiting so long.  This should not happen.  In terms of chiropractic care, early is best, but better late than never.

So, what should you do if you truly do not like your chiropractor?

Voice your concerns.  A problem cannot be corrected if it isn’t first addressed.  Unfortunately, this can be difficult for some.  Most chiropractors run their businesses, meaning they are the boss.  You must voice your concerns directly to the individual who irritates you or makes you uncomfortable.  Do it.  Most chiropractors have great people skills, but not all do.  If yours unintentionally offended you, he or she will try to rectify the problem and prevent it from happening again.

Find a new chiropractor.  If you fear discussing your concerns with your chiropractor or do and do not see any changes, it may be time to find a new doctor.  If covered by health insurance, contact your insurance provider to get a list of chiropractic care centers in your area.  Research your options and read reviews online.  Ask those that you know for suggestions.  You will have to start again and redo all paperwork, undergo new evaluations, and decide on a new course of treatment, but you should get a new doctor that you feel more comfortable with.

Now that you know what to do if you do not like your chiropractor, what should you not do?

Do not stop seeking care.  Not all chiropractors are the same.  One may blame you for not seeking care immediately, but most will not mention a word.  Some will comment that it is better late than never.  Some chiropractors will remember every word you say, and others will seem like they could care less.  Just because you may get “one bad apple,” do not give up on this beneficial care.

Do not stop showing up for your appointments.  For continued care, appointments are scheduled in advance.  You may already have two or three appointments scheduled.  If you want to change providers, do it.  Cancel all appointments first.  If you do not, you may be charged for them anyways.

In conclusion, not all chiropractors are the same. A healthy relationship with yours is important to successful treatment.  If you are dissatisfied with the treatment received, voice your concerns, or find a new provider.  If at any point you feel in danger or harassed by your provider, contact the authorities or the American Chiropractic Association (ASA).

Contact the Author:

Dr. Xavier A. Ortiz Ramirez, DC, MD, NRCME
CEO / Chiropractic Physician @ Back 2 Work Clinic
 

Web: https://back2work.clinic 
Office Phone: (208) 965-2262
Mobile Phone: (208) 576-4696
Email: drxavierortiz@back2work.clinic  
Mail to: PO Box 382 Meridian ID, 83680 
Practice: 950 E Riverside Dr. Eagle Idaho, 83616
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