Frequently Asked Questions in Charlotte

Aches and pains happen. When they stick around longer than you’d like, it’s time to reach out to a chiropractor for help. At Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center in Charlotte, we provide expert chiropractic care using a variety of treatment options to fit your specific needs.

We’ve answered some of your most common questions about chiropractors and chiropractic care. To learn more about what to expect, call us at (704) 504-1770.

Should I See a Chiropractor or Massage Therapist?

There are significant differences between a chiropractor and a massage therapist. If you’re dealing with sore muscles from stress or overuse, a massage can help. Yet, if you have serious or persistent pain, a known injury, or a possible medical condition, you should see a chiropractor. A chiropractor can provide medical diagnosis and treatment using musculoskeletal options to restore your body to alignment.

Are Chiropractors Doctors?

Chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic or DCs. While a chiropractor’s degree isn’t the same as a medical doctor or MD, they do go through extensive training in a doctorate program. Chiropractors must attend classes and participate in clinical training in subjects such as chemistry, anatomy, orthopedics, pathology and more.

During their education, chiropractors spend hundreds of hours learning how the body’s systems work to be able to find the root cause of pain for proper treatment. Plus, they have extensive licensure requirements just like MDs do.

What Does a Chiropractor Do?

Chiropractors spend their time treating the nervous and musculoskeletal systems of the body. They typically take a holistic approach without the use of drugs or invasive procedures such as surgery. Chiropractors use treatments such as manipulation and stretching to treat pain in the body including:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs

At your first visit, your chiropractor will perform exams to find the root cause of your pain. From there, the chiropractor will create a customized treatment plan to fit your needs.

Are chiropractors safe?

When performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor, chiropractic treatment is completely safe. Chiropractors have the knowledge necessary to perform adjustments and treatments the correct way and must hold specific licenses and certificates to do so. Any complications arising from chiropractic adjustments are extremely rare.

How Does Chiropractic Adjustment Work?

Chiropractic adjustment realigns your spine through manipulation which causes the structures in your back or neck to relax. This improves the overall function of your spine and nervous system, reducing or relieving pain.

There are many different ways to perform chiropractic adjustments. At Proactive, we use “crack-free” methods to provide chiropractic adjustments. For example, we use special tools such as an activator and an ArthroStim to adjust your spine.

Who Pays for a Chiropractor After a Car Accident?

If you have experienced a car accident, you shouldn’t wait to reach out to a chiropractor. The law in North Carolina requires auto liability policies and MedPay to cover chiropractic care. Was your accident caused by someone else? The state-required uninsured motorist coverage covers chiropractic treatment, regardless of whether or not the other driver had insurance.

What Is Holistic Chiropractic Care?

Any form of holistic care treats the body as a whole. Instead of focusing on the physical pain and symptoms alone, holistic care combines the emotional and spiritual well-being of a patient with the physical. All of these areas work together to create our overall health, so we assess all needs to improve pain.

In addition to chiropractic procedures, we use a wide range of “crack-free” procedures as well as lifestyle advice to help you improve your health from the inside out.

When Should I See a Chiropractor for Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain is often caused by overuse as well as injury. It’s common, and most individuals struggling will ignore shoulder pain until it becomes too severe to function. You should see a chiropractor as soon as you experience any pain, regardless of severity.

If you notice you have difficulty lifting, you’re unable to raise your arm or the pain keeps you awake at night, don’t hesitate any longer to reach out to a chiropractor. The sooner you seek treatment the better your chances of pain relief.

When Should I See a Chiropractor For Hip Pain?

Aches and pains in the hip are a common complaint, especially as patients age. Hip pain can affect your life as it’s an important part of many everyday movements. If you experience a hip injury such as a fall, it’s time to see a chiropractor. Other symptoms may signal the need to make an appointment such as swelling and pain in other areas such as your back.

When Should I See a Chiropractor for Neck Pain?

Neck pain has many causes including poor posture, sleeping in strange angles and everyday stress. Minor neck aches may go away with some self-care such as:

  • Applying ice or heat for 15 minutes, three times a day
  • Carefully stretching your neck
  • Simple neck massage

If your self-care doesn’t work or your pain becomes severe, it’s time to call a chiropractor. For example, you may become too uncomfortable to complete daily activities or the pain may radiate down your arms or legs.

When Should I See a Chiropractor for Headaches?

Minor headaches may occur after looking at your computer screen for too long or after sitting for long periods of time. Yet, if you experience headaches that are incapacitating such as migraines, tension or cluster, it’s time to call a chiropractor.

Although over-the-counter pain medication and self-care can help, they won’t fix any underlying issue if one exists. We can perform chiropractic care as well as help you integrate lifestyle changes to prevent head pain from reoccurring.

When Should I See a Chiropractor for Upper Back Pain?

Upper back pain often goes away on its own after rest and some self-care. You shouldn’t ignore upper back pain that doesn’t go away due to injury or trauma. Are you experiencing numbness, tingling or pain that travels down the arms or up into the neck along with your upper back pain? If so, it’s time to call a chiropractor. You might be dealing with malalignment, a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.

When Should I See a Chiropractor After a Car Accident?

Car accidents often cause more damage than you think. Whiplash, one of the most common car accident injuries, may not show symptoms for days or weeks. Chiropractors look for signs of traumatic brain injuries as well as any fractures and soft tissue injuries. Adrenaline may cause these injuries to fly under the radar after an accident.

It’s important to see a chiropractor as soon as possible after your accident, especially if you’re experiencing pain, swelling, redness, numbness or tingling.

Can a Chiropractor Help With Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain has many causes including torn muscles, strains, damage to intervertebral discs, nerve compression and more. For the best treatment, it’s important to pinpoint the cause directly. Chiropractors are a great resource if you’re dealing with lower back pain.

Chiropractors start by performing both physical and neurological exams and will suggest imaging, if required, to diagnose the problem. After diagnosis, your chiropractor will make adjustments, perform “crack-free” procedures and use other treatments to reduce your pain.

Can Chiropractors Help With Sciatica?

Your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back, through your hips and into your legs and feet. When back injuries occur, pressure on the sciatic nerve causes pain. Although hot and cold therapy and stretching can help relieve this pain, chiropractic care can also help.

Sciatic nerve pain is often alleviated through traditional chiropractic treatment as well as spinal decompression therapy, exercise therapy and chiropractic manipulation.

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11010 South Tryon Street #112
Charlotte, NC 28273
(704) 504-1770