What type of education must a chiropractor have?
Chiropractors are required by the state of California to have a four-year undergraduate degree to obtain a license. After undergraduate school Chiropractic school is an additional four year program consisting of 4800 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical study, including anatomy, physiology, chiropractic technique, radiology, biochemistry, toxicology, biomechanics, nutrition, diagnosis and physical examination, and a clinical internship consisting of one year of hands-on clinical experience and training in a professional clinical setting. The Department of Health and Human Services classifies doctors of Chiropractic as category 1 providers, just like Medical Doctors, Osteopaths, and Dentists. At LA Sports Chiropractor, our techniques, combined with our evidence-based approach, produces results our patients expect in an efficient timeframe and helps them stay out of pain for a longer period of time.
How do I know that I need a chiropractor?
Pain is not always looked at as a great thing because it interrupts us from feeling our best. However, pain is a great indicator that something has gone wrong within the body that needs to be evaluated. The symptoms of pain or any other change in normal body function are similar to the oil light coming on within your cars dashboard. It indicates that something is wrong. There are two ways to turn off that oil light: 1.) You can cut the wire that goes to the light. 2.) You can replace the oil. Both of these actions will turn off the oil light but only by replacing the oil will you correct the problem and prevent the car from breaking down. Cutting the oil switch relates to modalities that only cover up the problem. At LA Sports Chiropractor we test for the cause of your symptoms and aim to naturally restore your body’s’ normal function through chiropractic adjustments, muscle therapies and nutritional intervention. We are well trained in diagnosing disease and referring to the appropriate health care practitioner if necessary.
Is there an age limit?
No. Chiropractic care is safe and effective for the entire family. The youngest of babies to the eldest adults can all benefit from decreased pain and a healthy spine. We are certified in numerous techniques, none of which are taught at Chiropractic Colleges. Because of this we do not have to manipulate (crack) our patients to get the results we come to expect. This allows us to work on a wider variety of patients and keep them out of pain for a longer period of time.
How long will it take?
The length of initial care will depend on many factors including the patient’s age, health, and length of time they have had the condition. Many times you will experience a tremendous relief following one or two visits. The subsequent visits will be to maintain the position of the vertebra, stabilize the muscles and ligaments that hold them in place and decrease scar tissue associated with the injury. This approach leads to patients with longer lasting results and a quicker healing time.
What should I expect during my first visit?
During your first visit, Dr. Sands will ask you questions related to your condition. Next a thorough orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination will be performed. Following the exam Dr. Sands will give you a diagnoses of your condition, and in most cases, explain the cause of your condition followed by the frequency of visits to our office, and a approximate length of time to correct your problem. Your treatment will be completely personalized for you allowing for a fast recovery. During the time of your exam, our office will check your insurance benefits, and prior to your leaving explain your financial options. In some cases if we cannot find the cause of your condition, we will refer you to an appropriate specialist.
What should I expect during subsequent visits?
We will follow the treatment plan discussed with the goals of getting you out of pain quickly and correcting the problem. We may treat you with Chiropractic adjustments, muscle therapies, stretching and strengthening, physiotherapy or a mixture of those according to your age, health and specific injury.
What forms of payment does LA Sports Chiropractor take?
cash, checks, M/C, VISA Most PPO insurance plans accepted