It is very natural for an individual to have questions about chiropractic treatment, particularly if they have never been to a chiropractor. Further, many patients have “heard stories" from others about chiropractors. Russeau Team HealthCare, Ltd. understands and will gladly answer your questions. Below you will find some of the questions often heard from patients. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call us at (630) 690-4040.
I am scared of being adjusted. Do I have to have get this done?
Every patient is unique. Chiropractic manipulation is appropriate for certain conditions, but not absolutely necessary. RTHC will only provide care that is appropriate for you and that you will be comfortable with.
I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Can you help me?
Spinal stenosis is a common condition in the elderly in which a narrow spinal canal pinches on the nerves in the spine. Non-surgical care such as exercise, flexion distraction and physical therapy can be quite effective. We have helped many patients with this condition. If you are a candidate for surgery, we can assist you in obtaining a surgical consultation.
How long is the typical visit?
The initial visit usually lasts 60-75 minutes. Subsequent appointments generally take about 45 minutes.
Do you offer massage therapy?
Yes, soft tissue massage can be an integral part of a treatment program. Massage can be an effective tool in pain relief. However, the main goal of our care is to get to the cause of your pain and teach you strategies in self-management.
I think I have a pinched nerve. Can you help me?
Yes. It is important to understand that a “pinched nerve” in the neck or low back can cause arm or leg symptoms such as numbness, tingling or weakness. We will perform the necessary examination to determine if this is the proper diagnosis. If so, our care would promptly give ergonomic or lifting advice, physical therapy, and exercise. Frequently, anti-inflammatory medicine prescribed by your medical physician is important. In a smaller percentage of patients, “pinched nerve” symptoms can worsen in the first month or fail to resolve over a 1 to 3 month period. In these cases, additional testing such as an M.R.I. may be necessary and/or more invasive treatments such as epidural injections or surgery. Nonetheless, in these cases, we will assist the patient by making the appropriate referrals.
Can I see you for headaches?
Yes. Chiropractic care, coupled with postural/ergonomic advice, is a proven approach for many types of headaches. However, co-management, in a team fashion with other health care providers, is required with some cases.
Do you treat areas of the body other than the spine?
Yes. Disorders involving extremities (i.e. shoulders, knees, hip, etc.) are assessed and diagnosed. Typically, after the evaluation, you will begin a physical therapy/pain management program. However, an orthopedic consultation and/or M.R.I. evaluation may be recommended. This would also be the case if no progress is seen within a few weeks of conservative treatment.
How long does it usually take to get better from a back pain episode?
Most patients (about 80%) with lower back pain are at least 80% better within 2-4 weeks.
I have sciatica. Do I need surgery?
If your sciatica is persisting for 2-3 months then you may be a surgical candidate. If the sciatica is causing progressive muscle weakness, you would be a surgical candidate even sooner. If you have any bowel or bladder incontinence or both legs are "giving way", then a more urgent surgical consultation is required. However, 90% of people with sciatica will improve with conservative care.
I had an M.R.I. that showed a herniated or bulged disc. Can you help me?
Herniated discs are very common. Medical studies have shown that they are present in people who do not have any symptoms - even in some 20 year olds! Experts now say that spinal changes, such as herniated discs and arthritis are related to age (like graying hair or wrinkling skin), not symptoms. It appears that the difference between a person with a herniated disc who has no symptoms and one who has symptoms has to do with how their body is coping or stabilizing their back. Russeau Team HealthCare, Ltd. specializes in enhancing your functional ability to stabilize your back, making the disc bulge/herniation not as relevant.
I already had spinal surgery. Can I come to see you post-operatively?
Yes. We have worked with many patients after their surgery. We work closely with orthopedic and neurosurgeons, forging a team approach to the timing and intensity of your rehabilitation program.