What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Doctors of chiropractic, or chiropractors, are educated as primary healthcare practitioners with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. The typical chiropractic college applicant comes with nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate education, including courses in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, four to five academic years of professional study are the standard, with a significant portion of time spent in clinical training. In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?
Yes. Most insurance providers do cover chiropractic care. It is best to contact your insurance provider to find out what your chiropractic coverage is. Medicare, workers’ compensation, and personal injury cases are all accepted. At Holzmacher Chiropractic, we offer flexible payment options and plans for those few who are not covered by their insurance.
Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?
Not usually. Health insurance plans that require a referral form the patient’s primary care provider are few and far between, because chiropractors are defined by federal and state regulations as first-contact physicians.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Yes. Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints. No health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects, but risks associated with chiropractic are extremely small, as reflected by the minimal amount of malpractice insurance that chiropractors must pay. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching similar to what follows exercising. Minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes. Children, with their very active lives, experience many types of falls and blows that may manifest in back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness, or discomfort that can be helped by a chiropractor. Children with chronic ear infections have also been shown to greatly benefit. Dr. Holzmacher believes that the sooner symptoms are explored and addressed, the fewer issues the child will have when they are adults. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the patient, and in the case of children, is especially gentle.
Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
Yes, but not without end. The hands-on nature of chiropractic treatment requires patients to physically visit the chiropractor a number of times. In contrast, treatment from an MD often involves a pre-established plan that can be carried out at home (e.g., taking a course of antibiotics). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care, thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Dr. Holzmacher’s goal is to back his patients off of care as soon as possible. It is important to keep in mind that Dr. Holzmacher’s main goal is to fix the problem, not just cover up symptoms.