Once I start chiropractic care, do I have to keep going?
Your health and your care are completely in your control. After your initial round of care, Dr. Gioia will probably recommend that you return to our office once a month for a check up. Like regular dental checkups to prevent tooth decay, regular chiropractic care helps to prevent spinal decay.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Yes. There used to be this misconception that Chiropractic was not safe. Chiropractic adjustments are so safe, even newborns, children, and senior citizens can receive adjustments to repair the damage caused from everyday life. Chiropractors treat patients of all ages. Chiropractic is so safe, that most hospitals have added chiropractic care to their list of services and you have a better chance of having an adverse reaction to an over the counter medication, such as aspirin, than a chiropractic adjustment.
Are chiropractors real doctors?
Yes. The educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. After four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, doctors of chiropractic typically undergo four to five years of rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, they receive more intensive education than their MD counterparts. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.
This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.
I am in pain now. How long do I have to wait?
We can usually see you the same day that you call to schedule and it's very unusual for you to wait in our office once you get here. We know your time is important, so, we don't "over schedule" Dr. Gioia's time. Most of our patients don't even get the chance to sit down in our waiting room or pick up a magazine.
What is the cost of a visit?
There are so many factors that determine the cost of a visit. The first factor is what services are being provided. The second factor is insurance. Insurance companies set the price for the services provided, and different insurance companies have different prices. Patients without insurance are always welcome, and, we do our best to work within your healthcare budget.
What happens during my first visit?
After registering your information with the front desk, Dr. Gioia will sit down with you and review your medical history. He will then perform an exam to help him determine the extent of your condition. More than likely, an x-ray will be taken after your exam to further determine the cause of your condition. After reviewing your x-rays and his exam findings, Dr. Gioia will treat you before you leave. Your first visit usually takes about an hour. Subsequent visits are usually less than 15 minutes.
I have seen a chiropractor before and it didn't help. What should I do?
Everyone has had an experience where something didn't work the way we expected or it just wasn't the right fit. It could be a bad experience with a doctor, hospital, mechanic, restaurant, chiropractor, etc. But, just because it didn't work out the first time, doesn't mean you should give up entirely. After all, if you had a bad experience with a medical doctor, you wouldn't stop seeking medical treatment all together. So, give us a try. We are confident that you won't be disappointed in the results.