FEES AND FAQS
How much does it cost?
Initial visit takes about an hour and includes history taking, exam and treatment (if safe and indicated) and costs $250 ($125 for seniors over 65 and children under 18).
Follow-up visits are about 30 minutes and cost $135 ($70 for seniors over 65 and $60 for children under 18).
During your visit we may use ESTIM, US, Cold Laser, Deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage etc all of which are included in the prices above.
What should I wear for my visit?
Generally, loose fitting clothing is preferable and we have gowns and shorts if needed.
What should I expect during and after my first visit?
When treating patients with low back pain (for example), I often find swelling, stiffness and lots of muscle tension. To make the adjustment more effective and comfortable, I often use ESTIM and or Ultrasound to reduce muscle tension and swelling. I may also use deep tissue massage to relax specific muscles. As with a deep tissue massage there may be muscle soreness for a day or two.
Do I need an MRI or X-rays?
X-rays or an MRI are not needed except in a small percentage of cases. Based on your case history, symptoms and exam findings, we will decide together if imaging is needed. If you have recent (6 months or less) imaging and/or reports, please bring them with you for your initial visit.
Does an adjustment hurt?
There may be a brief moment of pain during an adjustment, usually the same level as if you cracked your knuckles. If a few cases, there may be soreness in the adjusted area that usually gets better with icing.
Is it save to get adjusted?
It is safe except for people who have severe osteoporosis, cancer, increased risk of stroke or a known abnormality in the upper neck. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/chiropractic-adjustment/about/pac-20393513, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1905885/)
What makes that popping sound?
We think that it is either a gas 'popping out' of the synovial fluid or joint releasing tension. It is not a bone being cracked or broken. It often feels good because body releases endorphins at the same time. It is not harmful and does not cause joint damage unless done to excess and with too much force. Depending on your body type, your joints may 'crack' very loudly or not at all. (https://www.healthline.com/health/back-cracking#how-it-happens)
What if I don't get better?
If there is no improvement in your symptoms within four weeks of care or if your symptoms get worse, we may revisit the imaging question or refer you to another appropriate practitioner. As I see it, my job is to get you better or find you someone else who can.
Is it true that once you start treatment with a chiropractor you have to keep going forever?
Most of my new patients show up because they are in pain, something 'feels off' or they can't do their favorite thing without pain afterwards. I do my best to identify the problem and help them get better. When that episode is over and they go back to their favorite thing, we often discover that wellness care or a 'monthly tune-up' helpful, but it is not required.