Question & Answer

What is a chiropractor?

Chiropractors are doctors who practice a drug free, hands on approach to health care.  They focus on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders including but not limited to middle/low back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the legs and arms or headaches with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.  Chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, activities of daily living, recommendations and instruction on proper work ergonomics.

How do adjustments to the spine work?

Doctors of Chiropractic most common therapeutic procedure performed is known as a spinal manipulation also called chiropractic adjustment.  The purpose of this procedure is to restore joint mobility.  Chiropractors adjust with their hands, body or using special instruments.  Adjustments are made using a precise force in a specific direction which helps restore mobility thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness and allowing tissues to heal.

Do I need a doctors referral to see a chiropractor?

A referral is usually not needed to see a Doctor of Chiropractic.  However, certain health plans may require a M.D. referral.  You may want to contact your insurance company to find out if a referral is required for your chiropractic treatment.  

How safe is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromuscular skeletal complaints.  

Are there any side effects with chiropratic care?

Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.  Risks associated with chiropractic are usually very small and include mild soreness and stiffness or aching.  Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness typically fades within 24 hours.  

Will I receive medication for pain?

No, Doctors of Chiropractic do not prescribe medications.  Chiropractors rely on natural methods for pain control and may recommend home applications of ice or heat and specific stretching exercises to help alleviate pain.

How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that focuses on correcting the causes of physical problems from subluxations or misalignments of the bones in the body especially the spine.  It also helps improve peoples lives by optimizing the functioning of the nervous system so the body is able to function better.  

What conditions can a chiropractor treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic care for patients of all ages with neuro-skeletal conditions such as; neck pain, middle back pain, lower back pain, arm or leg pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, stiffness, headaches, bulged or herniated discs and canal stenosis.  We also consult patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, health habits and occupational and lifestyle modification.

Do you accept worker's compensation patients?

 We are highly engaged in the work comp arena and strive to coordinate the care of the patient, communicate with all health care practitioners, and should an attorney be involved, keep the attorney updated as to the progress of the case.

Will you let my doctor know what you have found?

 Our belief is that all parties should be well informed.  With your permission, we will communicate our findings and treatment plans with your primary care physician or any other specialist or medical professional that you are currently treating with. We will also send any information needed by your attorney with a signed release. 

What if something happens when your office is closed?  Is there a way to reach my doctor?

Simply call our office and our doctor's personal cell phone numbers are listed.  No need to speak to an answering service.  We highly value our patients and thus provide them direct access to each doctor!

I hear so much about electronic medical records.  Will your office be transitioning to electronic records?

The electronic medical record process has not only begun, but is totally completed!  Our office made significant investments in both hardware and software and has state of the art Electronic Health Record (EHR) software that not only allows us to better document our care, but also facilitates communication with other members of your health care team.

A co-worker of mine wants to come to the office but is asking if she can pay using her charge card?

Our office has the ability to accept charge cards, debit cards, and Health Savings Account cards. We accept all forms of payment including credit cards, cash and checks  Simply talk to one of the members of our staff and they can make this happen!

What if you can't help me?  What happens then?

The number one goal of our office is to provide a thorough evaluation as well as an accurate diagnosis.  From that point, the decision is made as to what type of clinical care will best serve your needs.  If chiropractic care will benefit you, we certainly will be honored to be a provider of that service.  However, if in our doctor's opinion, some other health care services are necessary, we will recommend such as well as suggest some health care providers for you!  As always, with your permission, your family doctor would be informed as to what our findings and recommendations are.

I'm a new patient.  Can I complete office forms prior to coming into the office for my first visit?

With our newly re-designed website, you certainly can!  Forms can be downloaded from the "New Patient Forms" tab and can be completed within the comfort of your home.  These forms should be  filled out and brought with you for your office visit.  Our goal is to make your experience with our office as comfortable and efficient as possible. 

I see the office has three doctors.  Do each of them do the same thing, or do some "sub-specialize" in some way?

Each of our doctors have a concentration of interest in types of conditions we treat.  With this "sub-specialization" we can provide the most highly skilled treatment for your care.  All of our doctors are cognizant of the skills of their in-house colleagues and if indicated, may suggest a consultation with one of our other doctors.  Our goal is always to help our patients as quickly and efficiently as possible!

With all of the chiropractors in Western, NY, why should I choose LDC?

At LDC we collectively have 85 years of experience and our mission is to provide the members of our community with high quality, compassionate, and comfortable treatment, which is specifically tailored to the individual needs of the patient.  Our goal is to fully understand the patient and their condition so that we can not only alleviate their pain, but more importantly restore function.  We also inspire and educate our patients to become active participants in their own well being to help prevent future re-occurances.  We work closely with numerous medical care providers in the community to ensure that you are receiving the best collaborative care possible.