Chiropractic care is a specific branch of medicine that is focused on helping individuals who have issues with their musculoskeletal and nervous system. Chiropractic care is often recommended after an accident to help take care of whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries. If you have never had chiropractic care before, here is a rundown of the basics of chiropractic care for newbies.
#1 Chiropractic Care Is Non-Surgical
Chiropractic care may focus on issues with your musculoskeletal and nervous system; however, it is a non-surgical approach. There is nothing invasive about the practice of chiropractic care.
With chiropractic care, hands-on approaches, as well as specific manipulation tools like a rolling table, are used to address the issues with your body. A chiropractor uses hands-on methods to make manipulate your spine to assist with musculoskeletal and nervous system issues.
#2 Chiropractic Care May Be Covered by Your Insurance
Most insurance companies at this point in time cover chiropractic care, but you may have a co-pay that you will have to pay for each visit. Some insurance companies limit the number of visits they will pay for in a year. For example, they may only pay for 24 treatments in a year. Check with your insurance company to figure out what you will have to pay out of pocket for chiropractic care and how many visits they will cover.
Additionally, if you were in a car accident, your car insurance or the other driver's car insurance, if they were at fault, should pay for your auto accident chiropractic care.
#3 Chiropractic Care Doesn't Require a Referral
Oftentimes, when you go to a specialist, you have to get a referral from your doctor. With chiropractic care, you don't have to get a referral from your doctor. You can just call up a chiropractic and make an appointment, you don't need any special permission through your doctor in order for your insurance company to cover your care.
If you want a suggestion of what chiropractor to go to, though, your primary care doctor should be able to provide you with a few different suggestions of chiropractors that they would feel comfortable recommending to you.
#4 Chiropractic Care Is Provided in a Variety of Medical Settings
You can find chiropractors practicing in a variety of medical settings. Many chiropractors have their own private practice or have a group practice with a few other chiropractors. However, you can also find chiropractors who work in hospitals and outpatient healthcare facilities. The key is to find a chiropractor who accepts your insurance and who you feel comfortable working with.