We are excited to begin working together to get you back to the active lifestyle that you enjoy!
All new patients undergo an exam consisting of a physical, orthopedic, neurologic, and chiropractic testing. At this point we will determine if any special testing (X-rays, MRI, EMG, etc.) is necessary to provide a more complete diagnostic picture. Once a working diagnosis has been made, the doctor will go over the findings with you and explain possible treatment options.
Treatment may begin the same day of the exam, if no further evaluation is needed. If the doctors do not believe you are a candidate for chiropractic care, they will assist in making the necessary referral.
"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise preserve it."
If you are considering chiropractic care, call to schedule your evaluation with one of the doctors.
If you want to know more information about chiropractic coverage on your individual health insurance plan, you may be able to find the information on the insurance carrier web page by clicking the appropriate link below or calling the customer service number listed on the back of your insurance card. Feel free to ask about payment options for those without chiropractic coverage on your insurance plan.
Palmer Chiropractic Center participates in the following health plans:
Q: What is Chiropractic?
A: Chiropractic is a form of the healing arts performed mostly by hand to restore normal biomechanical function to the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic is considered to be a form of conservative care. Chiropractors do not perform surgery or prescribe medication.
Q: Will I need to continue treatment after I am better?
A: No. Once the problem has been corrected you do not have to continue care. Some people choose to continue with chiropractic care after they are feeling better to maintain the level of proper biomechanical function and well-being. Other types of conditions may be permanent and require continued care to maintain reduced levels of pain.
Q: Why choose Palmer Chiropractic Center over other chiropractic?
A: The doctors at Palmer Chiropractic Center spend quality time with their patients, not only treating their condition, but also communicating with the patient to educate them about their condition. The physician, not a massage therapist or an assistant, performs the manual therapies (dry needling, trigger point therapy, Graston, stretching).
This creates the highest level of care. Treatment will also include stretching, home exercise, and discussion of possible contributing ergonomic and sleep factors.
Q: Will the doctor “crack my back”?
A: Not necessarily. Some conditions like disc bulges or muscle dysfunction may not call for a manual chiropractic adjustment and may even be contraindicated. The doctors have been trained in several techniques that do not cause the “cracking” and or twisting of the neck and back.
One example of this is the Cox Distraction Technique. This is a gentle form of chiropractic manipulation using a specialized table to decompress the discs and mobilize restricted spinal segments. This is the preferred treatment for treating spinal arthritic disorders, disc syndromes, failed spinal surgery, or people who just don't like the traditional chiropractic adjustment. (They don't like to have their neck and / or back "popped.")
Q: What type of education does a chiropractor have?
A: A chiropractic education is similar in hours to other medical providers (M.D., D.O, P.T) with significant emphasis on the musculoskeletal system. In addition to undergraduate studies, education is 10 trimesters (over 3 1/3 years) including clinical experience. After passing national board exams, licensure to practice in Virginia is provided by the state medical board. Additionally, 60 hours of continuing education every two years is required to maintain licensure.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Cost varies from patient to patient dependent on what services are performed. We file insurance claims for our patients. We are participating providers with Anthem (BC / BS), Cigna, PCHP, United Healthcare, Southern Health, and Medicare.
In order to file a claim to your insurance, we will need to make a copy of your insurance card. Please bring your card with you to every visit. If you have specific questions regarding your health plan participation, please call our office at 434-237-2299.