What can I expect on my first visit?
During your first visit to Fletcher Chiropractic, you will meet with either Dr. Curtis or Dr. Kadi Fletcher and talk with them about your current health issues. The doctors will ask about your health history, social habits, dietary habits, and other questions that will help them determine your treatment regimen. A comprehensive physical exam will be performed, consisting of orthopedic, neurological, functional, and structural testing. If any further testing is needed, the doctors will refer you out for the necessary tests, including x-rays. After looking over the exam results, treatment may be given during the first visit as deemed appropriate by the doctor.
Is chiropractic safe? What about children and during pregnancy?
Chiropractic adjustments are very safe, even for children and during pregnancy. The risk of injury is very slim and an exam is performed to rule out any significant reason why chiropractic care should not be administered. Children can be adjusted after birth and a chiropractic adjustment can be beneficial for pregnant females for ease of labor and fewer birth complications.
How long does a treatment take?
The initial visit will take 30 – 60 minutes due to the initial exam, health history, and first treatment. Typical visits after that last about 10-15 minutes, depending on what treatment is performed.
How much does chiropractic care cost?
The cost of chiropractic treatment with our chiropractors is based upon several different aspects including insurance coverage and your condition. Our staff can verify your insurance benefits and cost will be presented with a recommended treatment plan from one of our great doctors. We strive to make chiropractic care affordable and do not recommend standard treatment plans. All treatment plans are individualized and personalized for your condition and unique situation.
What education/training do Doctors of Chiropractic have?
Chiropractors receive an education that focuses on neuromuscular and skeletal diagnosis and treatment. Most states, including Nebraska, require a bachelor’s degree plus the 4 year Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Compared to medical doctors, chiropractors receive just as many hours of education and training in the medical sciences, but study more in the biological and anatomy sciences. Medical doctors receive more training in the pharmacology side of medicine.
Does insurance cover chiropractic?
Your insurance policy may or may not cover chiropractic services. Our office will be happy to verify your insurance benefits and then present them to you at your first visit. We accept all major insurance companies including BCBS (Federal and PPO), United, Midlands Choice, Medicare, Medicaid, CoOportunity, Aetna, Coventry, Cigna, and more.
Once I start, do I have to come back forever?
The simple answer is no. We always make return visits your choice. There are many different types of care, ranging from relief care to wellness care. We always try get you out of pain as quickly as possible, then stabilize the area while teaching you ways to prevent the condition from returning. After that time, it is up to you if you want to continue wellness or maintenance care with us. Most of our patients choose some form of maintenance care, just because they feel better with occasional “tune-ups.” Every person is different and ultimately, you know your body the best.
Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?
No, you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor unless it is required by your insurance. We can verify your insurance and tell you if you require a referral. Most of the time, a chiropractor is a “portal of care” provider and no referral is needed.
Why do I hear a “pop” when my chiropractor adjusts me?
The “popping” sound is simply gas and pressure releasing from the restricted joint when an adjustment is given. Each joint has a capsule that surrounds it in order to protect it. When a joint’s movement is restricted, pressure builds up and, when released, a “pop/crack” may be heard. However, it is not necessary for a sound to be heard for treatment to be successful.