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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of education does a chiropractic doctor have?
Chiropractors undergo a rigorous training and education process. The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques, and related subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractic doctors to diagnose and treat various musculoskeletal disorders and help correct the resulting nervous system dysfunction. To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, each candidate completes an undergraduate course of studies and then the demanding National Board Examination. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. The chiropractic education of a chiropractor never ends. All doctors must complete postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest scientific research. Many post graduate degrees are available including orthopedic, neurology and rehab to name a few.

2. Who can benefit from chiropractic care:
Anyone who demonstrates spinal segmental dysfunction (joints not moving normally, or with pain and grinding) acute and chronic neck and back pain as well as many extremity problems. Those suffering from frequent headaches would certainly benefit from chiropractic care. Early detection and treatment through a number of different methods can actually prevent degeneration and arthritis that would otherwise have occurred later in life and produced pain and restriction of movement.

3. What can I expect on the first visit?
When you first arrive, there will be a small amount of paperwork to complete which for most people takes no more than 5-10 minutes. After that, you will meet with Dr. Brown for a thorough consultation, health history, and examination to determine the nature of your problem, what the best course of treatment would be, and if diagnostic testing (x-rays or MRI) is necessary. This usually takes between 20-30 minutes. Depending on the results and severity of your diagnosis and whether diagnostic testing is needed you may or may not start treatment immediately. Once we have the results of your tests (should there be a need for them) Dr Brown will review your findings in detail and discuss the course of treatment with you.

4. How long does each visit take?
The first visit is obviously longer than most because there is a small amount of paperwork that needs to be completed, and then the doctor will spend as much time with you as is necessary to determine the nature of your problem, and if in fact we will be able to help you. In general, we try and keep the length of the first visit to an hour or less. Once you are an established patient, most visits are between 20-30 minutes, unless an evaluation is scheduled or test results need to be discussed. We make every effort to respect your time and keep visit time and waiting to a minimum.

5. Can I use x-rays from a previous visit to another doctor or hospital?
Provided the films are recent, are of good diagnostic quality, and provide the information we need to care for you safely and effectively, you may use previous imaging studies from another office or facility. If you have x-rays in your possession please bring them along to your first visit.
Queen Street Chiropractic and Spring Grove Chiropractic
Donald A. Brown, DC CCSP
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