What do I do if I've been injured in a car accident or on the job?
In regards to your health, it is important first and foremost that you make an appointment as soon as possible to have an assessment of your injuries. The patients who recover the most quickly and completely are the ones who commence care immediately before scar tissue and joint dysfunction has a chance to affect their body. Injuries are often obvious as soon as they occur; however, other times they may appear to be only minor and then get worse over the next few days or even weeks. Chiropractors, as primary care health providers and neuro-musculoskeletal specialists, are extremely qualified to assess and treat injuries sustained on the job or in a car accident. We would be glad to assist you in processing your claim whether it be through WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) or your car insurance. We have all the required forms in our office. There is no need to wait until you receive a “package” from your insurance company. Remember the longer you wait to seek help following an injury the greater the chance of having ongoing residual problems.
Is a chiropractic adjustment safe and does is hurt?
Following a chiropractic visit, patients often feel immediate symptom relief. Some patients experience temporary mild soreness or aching, just as one would after some forms of exercise. Chiropractic is commonly recognized as one of the safest, natural (drug-free), non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of pain associated with muscles, joints, and nerves. Potential outcomes and how people will respond to treatment is affected by a number of factors including patient age, past health history and prior injuries, time since injury, etc. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record; however, as with any health treatment there are minimal risks associated with treatment which will be discussed fully before any treatments. Our goal is to give you, the patient, as much information as possible so you can make informed decisions... after all it is your body.
No. Chiropractors are primary health care providers, as is your family physician, dentist or optometrist. You do not need a referral from a medical doctor before you make an appointment. In some rare cases a “medical prescription” may be required in order to utilize your extended health coverage, but this is something we canassist you with if it pertains to you.
What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
In Canada, certified Doctors of Chiropractic (DC's) have completed a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education. This includes an undergraduate degree as well a four-year academic program at an accredited chiropractic college where candidates study such disciplines as anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, clinical sciences and X-ray diagnosis as well as specialized training in the science and art of chiropractic treatment. A minimum of 4500 hours of classroom instruction, clinical science and a clinical internship is required to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. Once in practice, chiropractors are also required to complete ongoing continuing education via conferences and seminars to remain current in the ever evolving world of health care. After completing their education, chiropractors must pass a multiple day licensing examination including written and clinical components. Dr. Brad has completed the comprehensive national licensing examinations by the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) as well as in the United States.
Chiropractic services are covered by most Extended Health Care plans. Since the Ontario government delisted chiropractic services from OHIP, Extended Health Care plans (“work benefits”) are now the primary source of coverage for most patients. Please feel free to contact us if you require assistance in determining what your coverage includes.
You can expect a high level of professionalism and a comfortable experience with your first visit to our health clinic. Upon arrival, our receptionist will have you complete a personal health history form so that we can start to understand your specific concerns and overall health needs.
Dr. Brad will review the general information you have provided and then lead you through a thorough case history, gathering additional information to provide him with a better understanding of your needs. A comprehensive physical examination including chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurological testing will then be performed to your assess individual problems. If required, an X-ray or other form of advanced imagining/testing (ultrasound, CT Scan, MRI, EMG...) may be recommended to further investigate the source of the problem and/or to rule out pathological causes of your symptoms.
Dr. Brad will review the information from your patient history and physical examination and discuss these findings with you so that you have a complete understanding of your diagnosis and treatment options as well as have ample opportunity to discuss any question/concerns you may have. If you are a candidate for care we will do our best to start your healing process on your first visit. It may be determined that another course of action or practitioner may be more beneficial for your complaints, in which case an appropriate referral will be discussed with you.
At your next visit, after Dr. Brad will go over your individualized treatment plan, including the anticipated timeline of recovery. In addition to the care you will receive while at the clinic, Dr. Brad encourages and educates his patients on how to take an active role in their healing and well being by suggesting exercises, nutrition, and other lifestyle
modifications that can be made to your everyday activities.
Pain is the main motivator that brings people to our office. This makes sense as pain can provide an intense amount of discomfort. Chiropractic is primarily used as a treatment to relieve pain for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It can also be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. We often hear the words, “I thought it would go away”. There is no need to wait when there is help available! The use of hands-on spinal manipulation and other non-invasive treatments to properly align your body’s musculoskeletal structure will help to enable your body to heal itself without surgery or medication. It is also important to understand that when the pain improves there is often a residual problem that needs attention so as to prevent the pain in question from returning. Our bodies are also fantastic at adapting. What this means is that those smaller injuries we have sustained seem to go away after a certain period of time; however, in reality we have just learned to live with them. For example, daily adaptations we make like rotating our bodies instead of just our necks when checking our blind spots while driving, or walking a little differently to “protect” that injury to your knee or hip, etc. Ignoring the warning signs our bodies give us and allowing them to become larger problems is not the best solution. This is why so many people develop “chronic problems”, which are certainly much harder to correct. Chiropractic treatment will restore this restricted mobility in your joints, and help you get back into the swing of life.
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Why would a child have to go to a chiropractor?
Chiropractic care has been successful at treating certain conditions in children such as colic, asthma, ear aches, constipation and bedwetting, (to name a few). Chiropractic treatment gives parents a natural non-pharmaceutical option for their children’s health. Children also injure themselves the same as adults do. Parents certainly know that kids injure themselves significantly more frequently than adults do. Children are very resilient and bounce back quickly. And while there are not many injuries that can’t be fixed with a hug from a parent and a cookie, the cumulative impact of all those little injuries can cause just as much of a problem as that one large fall from a tree. Pediatric chiropractic care helps to prevent biomechanical problems from occurring in the first place, versus the development of a larger problem (ie. pain), once a child becomes a teenager or adult when the problem may be significantly harder to correct. In short, if you believe in the value of taking the time to stake a plant or tree in the garden so that it will grow straight, you should make the time to have your children checked by a chiropractor.
No. Once patients have received treatment for their complaints (symptoms) and begin to feel better, most realize that they need not accept all those aches and pains that they have “learned to live with”, or that stiffness that they always attributed to “getting older” (regardless of their actual age). Once feeling better many patients choose to continue on-going care. The role of the chiropractor is to make recommendations, and our patients always make the final decisions. In short, patients enjoy feeling better as a result of their treatment (due to pain improvement and increased mobility), and therefore choose to continue seeing Dr. Brad on maintenance basis to help keep themselves feeling healthy.
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