Q: An MRI shows I have a disc problem. Do I need surgery?
A: Over half of normal adults with no symptoms will have a disc problem show on their MRI. Although each case is different, most problems respond well to conservative therapies such as chiropractic and massage. You should view surgery as a LAST resort.
Q: Have I got a slipped disc?
A: Spinal discs are fibrous rings, containing a soft gel-like ‘cushion’, between each of your spinal bones (vertebrae). Discs cannot slip, because they are attached to the vertebrae, but the term ‘slipped disc’ can mean disc damage such as a bulge (protrusion), a tear or rupture (prolapse/sequestration). The resulting pressure or irritation on the nerves that exit your spine can cause pain in your back, or ‘referred’ pain over an area through which the nerves pass. Sciatica, for example, is leg pain caused by nerve irritation or pressure in the lower spine. Dr. Ehlers will explain the cause of your pain – it may not be a ‘slipped disc’ as many other problems have similar pain patterns.
Q: Can chiropractic help to treat sports-related injuries or pains?
A: Almost every professional sports team now has a chiropractor on staff. This is because chiropractic can be extremely beneficial for daily maintenance and improvement of stamina & flexibility, as well as for the treatment of sports-related injuries, aches, and pains.
Q: How long does it typically take after starting to receive chiropractic treatment to start feeling improvements in my symptoms/pains/overall health?
A: Each person and condition is different. Many people feel better after just a few treatments; however, others may need multiple sessions.
Q: Is chiropractic safe when I am pregnant?
A: According to the American Pregnancy Association, chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe. Changes to the spine occur during pregnancy and can be helped with chiropractic care. All chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women.
Q: Is it normal to have soreness or pain after a chiropractic adjustment?
A: Your chiropractic adjustment itself should not be painful; however, after your first few chiropractic adjustments, you may experience minor soreness. This is normal, and is caused by the muscles around your spine reacting as your spine is adjusted. If you experience soreness, ice the affected area for relief.
Q: Once you see a chiropractor, do you have to go for the rest of your life?
A: No! We care for problems in one of 3 phases of care. Patients always choose the level of care they desire. The extent to which you choose to benefit from your chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. Each and every one of us is solely responsible for the quality of our health and well-being. However, we do strongly urge all practice members to consider lifetime, wellness chiropractic care. This is where the long-term, lasting benefits of care are enjoyed. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are a lifestyle decision and so is lifetime, wellness chiropractic care. You need to remain subluxation free for life.
1. Acute Care Goal - Relieve Pain
Most patients show improvement within the first 2 to 5 visits. Initial treatment usually works best when a person is seen frequently for a short period of time.
2. Rehab Care Goal — Correct Bio-Mechanical Problems
Dr. Ehlers restores pain-free motion and improve strength with continued joint mobilization, muscle therapy and posture exercises. Learning new body motion patterns helps change how you move so you can feel good and be well.
3. Wellness Care Goal - Prevention & Performance
Regular chiropractic increases our range of motion and flexibility, which helps to keep us moving, stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.