• Frequently Asked Questions                      Specific Help Questions

What should I do when I first get hurt? Use hot pack to ease the pain?

When injured, if there is no open wound, you can place a bag of ice (using a Ziplock sandwich plastic bag, adding 5-6 ice cubes and some water to make a ice bag) over the injured area for 7 minutes. If swelling is severe, repeat the ice packing every 1-2 hours. Never use hot pack first because it will increase the swelling.

Is x-ray necessary before I get the chiropractic adjustment?

It is not always necessary to take x-rays before a chiropractic adjustment, however, it is advisable to do so when a certain conditions are present, such as suspect for fracture, dislocation, subluxation, infection, scoliosis, etc.
I heard that once you get low back pain it is hard to cure it. Is it true?

The spine works like the teeth in some ways. It wears and tears. According to research, once you have low back pain, it is three times more likely the low back pain will return. Each time, the pain comes you need to make sure it resolves completely in order to avoid from becoming chronic persistent pain.
My doctor told me that I have pinched nerve and need surgery. But I do not want to have operation. Is there any other alternative?

According to the "Guideline for acute low back pain in the adults" published by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research in 1994, 80 % of patients with will recover with or without surgery.
Is chiropractic safe, effective and addictive?

Chiropractic is safe, and effective in certain spinal conditions, such as low back pain, neck pain, headache, etc. Although, chiropractic therapy is usually repeated over a period of time, it is not addictive because the effect is not based on a chemical basis. There is no chance of getting addictive.
When it hurts should I exercise or should I rest?

Generally speaking, light exercise is usually not harmful. The scientific evidence is more favoring exercise than rest. If you have severe sciatica, seven days of bed rest is no more effective than two.


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