1. Do you take X-rays or use any other diagnostic testing?
Some chiropractors use X-rays to determine exactly what issues are going on with your back.
That means they can pinpoint exactly what is causing your pain and issues and develop a
stronger treatment plan. If you have your own X-rays from a doctor and are going to a
chiropractor for a specific injury, be sure to bring them with you. Chiropractors may also use other
diagnostic tests to find the cause of your ailment. Since you want a tailored treatment plan, be
sure to find a chiropractor who will diagnose your ailment with appropriate testing.
The doctor will determine if x-rays are necessary after the exam and consultation. We offer 2 FREE initial x-rays, if needed.
2. What is the expected pricing per visit for my treatment, and what payment options do you
Typically, your first appointment may cost more than your ongoing appointments as it may
include an extensive intake, diagnostic testing, and multiple treatments. It’s important to ask what a typical appointment costs, and once you have been thoroughly examined, find out what the treatment plan may entail and its total and ongoing costs. Most Chiropractic clinics will take insurance, while some are “cash-only”. Clyde Park Chiropractic takes a wide variety of insurance types, and offers payment plans if necessary. We offer a FREE exam and consultations in Wyoming, which includes a complete neurological and orthopedic exam. We are often asked “why we do FREE exams and initial x-rays?”. Dr. Gladish does not know what the cause of your problem is and whether it is a problem that can be helped by chiropractic. This way you can come in find out what is causing your pain and if chiropractic can help. If you cannot be helped by chiropractic care Dr. Gladish will help you find someone in the Kentwood, or Greater Grand Rapids area that can help you. We believe that a good chiropractor will do their best to make it affordable for patients to seek care.
3. How long does an appointment take?
Chiropractor appointments vary in length, and the amount of time you spend in the office may
vary depending on the treatment you need. At Clyde Park Chiropractic, we will typically need to do an initial consultation prior to a diagnosis and time frame for future treatments. We respect your time; our initial visit is approx. 13 minutes. Additional appointments run on average of 15-20 minutes . Be sure to ask beforehand how much time your first and following appointments may take.
4. How many techniques do you use?
Chiropractors are trained to adjust the spine, but they utilize a number of different techniques
to do so. Though chiropractic is gentle, you may need special treatment for serious injuries. At Clyde Park Chiropractic, we focus on making our adjustments specific, rather than the general adjustments other chiropractic clinics may practice. We are schooled in gonstead, diversified, kinesio taping, and many more techniques. Inquire as to which technique is best-suited for your pain.
5. Will you make a treatment or care plan?
You don’t want to endlessly go on under treatment without seeing improvement. After your first
appointment, ask what the chiropractor feels may be an ideal treatment plan for you. How
many appointments will be needed? Will you need ongoing care? What is the total cost? Maybe
you are just hoping to lessen your lower back pain, or maybe you need to heal an injury from an
auto accident. Everyone responds differently to a chiropractic adjustment so we can not specifically answer this question without knowing what your problem is, how you respond and the condition of your spine. We offer both temporary relieve care and corrective care depending on your treatment goals. Here’s a breakdown of how the first 4 appointments to Clyde Park Chiropractic in Wyoming may look:
- 1st Visit: Consultation and testing. Depending on the situation, a first visit may or may not include an adjustment
- 2nd Visit: Testing results and initial treatment. At this stage we’ll review your tests and necessary xrays. In this visit will begin treatment.
- 3rd Visit: Corrective Care vs Temporary Relief plans. Your situation may fit on of these two general paths for treatment. We’ll review both and see which one may fit your situation best. This visit also includes treatment.
- 4th Visit: Treatment Plan. At this stage, we will present a personalized treatment plan for your body and decide on the best course of action.
6. Do you suggest exercises, stretches, and other treatments I can do at home in between
Chiropractors are a wealth of knowledge, so expect to leave their office with tips on how to
better your health or injury at home. Though adjustments will often greatly help your pain,
doing daily stretches or exercises as well as making lifestyle changes can improve your health
significantly faster. Be sure to ask what you can do at home and what activities you should stay
away from to recover as quickly as possible.
7. Did you study or have experience in any specialties?
A number of chiropractors have specialties or areas of study. It could be specific techniques,
patient types, or injuries – such as pregnant women, newborn babies, or scoliosis. If you have a
specific ailment, ask how much experience the chiropractor has treating that, or what
techniques they suggest. At Clyde Park Chiropractic, we have experience in treating a variety of ailments, such as neck pain, back pain, and migraines. If we are not able to treat your specific condition, we will be able to refer you to someone who can.
8. Where did you study?
There are a number of chiropractic schools, each with their own philosophies. Ask where your
chiropractor went to school, and then research that school’s philosophy. Some are more holistic
than others, while others have more of a traditional focus. Dr. Gladish, from Clyde Park Chiropractic is a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. This school is known for its superior hands-on training, as well as it’s curriculum, based in tradition with infusion of today’s latest technology and breakthroughs.
9. How often will I need to visit?
Along with your treatment plan, be sure to ask how often you will need to visit. You may need to
commit to a weekly visit for a serious injury, while once a month may be the case for simply
keeping up on your health. Some people feel the more often you visit, the quicker you will
heal/recover. This depends on your personal problem and treatment goals. More often than not you hear people say “once you go you always have to go”. However, this is more about the person knowing and seeing how great they feel after an adjustment rather than a never ending treatment schedule. When people feel better, they want to stay that way.
10. How long is the typical waiting time?
Every patient wants to know how long they will wait, and no one likes sitting in a waiting room
for a long time. This can be clinic specific. In some chiropractic offices, you can be waiting for what seems like hours for treatment. At Clyde Park Chiropractic, we have a no wait policy. It’s best that you give us a call beforehand to schedule an appointment, but walkins are welcome. We do our best to get you in and out in 20 minutes. We do see scheduled patients before walk-ins so if you are on a tight schedule make and appointment and we will stay your schedule.
Do I Need a Chiropractor?
Many believe that chiropractic is only useful when one has been in an accident or has severe, chronic
pain. Studies show that regular chiropractic boosts the immune system and keeps your body in top
shape, from adults to young children. It has even been shown to help asthma, ear infections, blood
pressure, bowel irregularity, and support a healthy pregnancy. However, it’s important to research your options prior to choosing a chiropractor. We must be wary of the “tricks of the trade” which some chiropractors may utilize.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Treatment
Once you’ve found the perfect chiropractor, be sure to put in effort to get the most out of your
treatment. Some chiropractors will allow you to schedule a free consultation, which will allow you to get more value from your chiropractor. Keep a list of your symptoms and recent changes to bring to your appointments, jot down any questions you have between visits, and follow the at-home recommendations from the
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