Page ContentFrequently Asked Questions What is chiropractic care? Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who treat many conditions as they relate to the spine, emphasizing the dependency of health on the correct functioning of the vertebrae and associated neural structures. Chiropractors adjust or manipulate misaligned vertebrae (the bones of your spinal column) to help restore correct functioning of your spine. They may also work with other parts of your body affected by misaligned vertebrae. Chiropractors may do this by using their hands and various mechanical and electrical instruments. Is chiropractic care effective? Over the past 20 years, many controlled and independent research studies have shown again and again that chiropractic care is safe and effective for helping to treat low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions relating to the spine. Based on these scientific studies, the consensus is that chiropractic care is often an effective choice for many spinal problems. The extent to which a person can benefit from care varies depending on their problem and how long it has existed.What does D.C. mean? D.C stands for "Doctor of Chiropractic," the degree state licensed chiropractors must earn. What can I expect during a chiropractic examination? Dr. Turner or Dr. Le will conduct a symptom specific physical examination and record a case history related to the chiropractic services provided. Like other primary care health professionals, chiropractors consider many different causes for your symptoms. You may be asked to perform physical tests and movements to help identify the problem. In certain situations, X-rays may be taken to help clarify the history and examination findings and to investigate the presence of underlying bone conditions or other pathology.A diagnosis is made, with treatment options outlined. A prognosis may be given, taking into account your general health, occupation, stress and activity levels. Your response to treatment will be monitored by your chiropractor, who looks for improvement of your condition.If additional care is needed other than chiropractic care, you may be referred to another Kelsey-Seybold provider. Will I need to continue care after my condition improves? Once the problem has been corrected, you should not need to continue care. Some individuals choose to continue with chiropractic care after they are feeling better to maintain the level of proper biomechanical function and well-being. Some conditions may be chronic and require continued care to maintain reduced levels of pain.Why choose Dr. Amy Turner or Dr. Tho Le as my chiropractor? Dr. Turner and Dr. Le devote sufficient time with their patients to treat their complaints and to educate them about their condition. Dr. Turner or Dr. Le, not a massage therapist or an assistant, performs the manual manipulations. Treatment often also includes stretching, home exercise and discussion about potential contributing ergonomic factors.What chiropractic services do Dr. Amy Turner and Dr. Tho Le provide? Their services include: Chiropractic adjustmentExercise/rehabilitation instruction What conditions can be treated with chiropractic care? Chiropractic care is a non-surgical option for treating many conditions, including: Lower back painHeadachesNeck painPregnancy back painSports injuriesWork-related injuriesCarpal tunnelShoulder painWhiplashCar accident injuriesWhat is an adjustment? A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, "locked up," or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this procedure is to help improve spinal function and to help improve nervous system function. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually the chiropractor's hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow and constant pressure. With 10 years of training and clinical experience, Dr. Turner is skilled in the delivery of a variety of approaches to musculoskeletal symptoms.Will the chiropractor ‘crack’ my back’? A chiropractor doesn't "crack" backs but rather adjusts them. The popping sound that you may hear with a chiropractic adjustment is noise generated from the joints. It is the same as when you "crack" your knuckles. Does it hurt? The treatments themselves are usually not painful. In fact, most patients look forward to their treatments as many experience instantaneous relief of the pain symptoms. Individuals who present with moderate to severe pain may experience some discomfort; however, Dr. Turner aims to be safe, gentle and noninvasive. Will my health insurance cover chiropractic care? Probably--but review and understand your insurance plan. Contact your insurance provider or consult with Dr. Turner's office staff, who can often help you determine your plan’s benefits. Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant? Anytime is a good time to improve the functioning of your nervous system. Pregnant mothers may find that chiropractic adjustments help improve their discomfort during pregnancy and may even help make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Is it true that chiropractors do not prescribe medication or perform surgery? That’s true. Chiropractors do not prescribe medication or perform surgery in their treatment program. Chiropractic care is based on the fact that the body has a built-in capacity to restore health from within, and chiropractors base their care on this principle. Why do chiropractors take X-rays? To see the internal structure and alignment of your spine.To rule out conditions that would be contraindicated to chiropractic care.To visualize underlying disease process or deterioration in the spine.