1367 Georgesville Rd
Columbus, OH 43228
In the Walmart Shopping Center
1367 Georgesville Rd
Columbus, OH 43228
Chiropractic treatments, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic adjustment in Columbus
Frequently Asked Questions - About Chiropractic Adjustment
Dr. Scot Gircsis D.C. 614-274-7500
Before any treatment is provided we will first obtain a thorough history, then perform a complete orthopedic/neurological examination, followed by x-rays if necessary, to properly diagnose your condition.
Can We Help?
After we form the diagnosis and agree to accept you as a new patient, we will fully explain your condition. You will be given your first chiropractic adjustment, a safe gentle manipulation of the spine. If you present with a non-spinal related condition, other treatment provided at this office will be discussed (ex. Nutrition, fibromyalgia treatment, extremity treatment, etc.) If it is not a condition we normally treat or if a second opinion or further testing is necessary, we will make a referral to the appropriate health care specialist.
How Long Will It Take?
Your schedule of care will be determined based on what you need to recover from your condition, so it will vary from person to person. Many factors affect the treatment schedule. The most common are; compliance with treatment schedule and recommended exercise, severity, how long the condition has been present, job duties, lifestyle, age and pre-existing arthritic conditions, delayed treatment, previous episodes/injury, disc involvement, etc. Simple cases may take days to treat. Complicated cases may take weeks, even months.
How Much Will It Cost?
We understand that the cost of health care is on the rise. If you have been injured at work or as result of a motor vehicle accident those costs are usually covered 100% by an insurance carrier. We are on the panels of most large insurance carriers. If you do not have insurance, we offer other options for payment.
Does the Chiropractic adjustment hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments do not hurt. Any discomfort felt during the adjustment lasts only seconds. Chiropractic adjustments are safe, gentle, and effective movements of the spine used to stop the pain-spasm cycle.
Why does it take more than one adjustment if the bone is simply "out of place"?
Because bones do not move out of place. When you feel "out", you are in reality simply "tight". Joints tighten for one of three reasons: (1) major trauma, like a car accident, (2) minor trauma, like bad posture daily at your computer screen, and (3) stress…although stress won't cause your problem, it will definitely make an existing problem worse. When joints of the spine tighten, they produce pain due to neurological interference. A well-placed adjustment loosens those stiff painful joints, thus blocking the pain signal traveling to your head, thus breaking the pain-spasm cycle. Bottom line: Loose joints are healthy joints, and like getting in shape, it is a "process" to restore normal spinal mobility.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a clinical science based on the following:
Law of Biology/Homeostasis: The body is always attempting to return to "normal". The body has the power to heal itself if given the chance.
Theory of the Nervous System: There is a system in your body comprised of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), special sensory organs (eyes, etc.) and spinal nerves (peripheral nervous system) that functions to control and coordinate all the other organs, tissues, and cells in the body and related to the internal and external environments.
Premise of the Relationship between the musculoskeletal and nervous systems: The musculoskeletal system, comprised of 24 movable vertebrae and six layers of muscle, functions to protect the delicate spinal cord and spinal nerves. "Dysfunction" of the spine can result in irritation of the nervous system.
Hypothesis of the Relationship between nervous system and health: The nerves, joints, and discs, are all so close together, that dysfunction of the spine, can cause irritation to the nerves, which cause ill health in the body. Remember, the nerves control and coordinate all organs, tissues, and cells of the body.
What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
80% of the patients who consult our office present with low back pain, herniated or bulging discs, neck pain, or headaches. However, we commonly treat other conditions such as arm and leg pain, thoracic pain, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, work injuries, and automobile injuries (whiplash).
If you suffer any of the following "medical" symptoms, realize they are quite often associated with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction that may be helped through chiropractic care:
Neck problems can cause…..Blurred vision, double vision, dizziness, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping, depression, irritability, migraine headache, chest pain.
Low back problems can cause….constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, menstrual pain, impotence, stomach upset or reflux, irritable bowel, cramps, swelling.
Dysfunction in a child's spine can cause……ear infection, colic, rashes, bedwetting, asthma, allergies
Is there any research demonstrating the effectiveness of chiropractic?
Chiropractic has been proven to be cost effective, treatment effective, reduce time loss for injured workers, in addition to being an extremely safe form of treatment. Patient satisfaction studies are extremely favorable to chiropractic. Our office houses a large database of research. Simply inform the front desk or any of the doctors what you are interested in and we will be happy to pull specific literature for your review.
Do Chiropractor's believe in other forms of healthcare?
We believe in a team approach to healthcare. As such we maintain an extensive referral list of other physicians, including: orthopedic and neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain management specialists, physical therapists, dentist, OB/GYNs, family practice physicians, personal trainers, dietitians, podiatrists, psychologists, Christian counselors, and many others. If we cannot help you, we will make every effort to find someone who can!
What is the benefit of "maintenance" care?
The care of your spine and nervous system is no different. We will help you meet whatever goals you set for yourself and help you understand the merits of your choice. Remember, your doctor works for you. It is not the other way around.
How safe is Chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is one of the safest forms of health care available for the treatment of spinal conditions. Compared to the risks of taking medication and the complications of surgery, risks associated with Chiropractic care are minimal. Are you aware that approximately 16,500 people in this country die every year from the side effects of aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)? Add another 20,000 deaths due to Tylenol. Tylenol mixed with alcohol can produce a deadly cocktail. Chiropractic is safer and more effective than most all forms of healthcare!
Do Chiropractor's believe in drugs?
We believe in Chiropractic first, drugs second, surgery last. When it comes to spinal care, with the exception of a rare neurological emergency, Chiropractic should be your first choice, not your last choice. In complicated or difficult cases we often recommend that the patient return to their medical physician for any medication they deem appropriate to assist in the recovery.
How educated is your doctor of chiropractic?
You may be surprised to know that like medicine it generally takes 8 years of college after high school to receive a degree in chiropractic (4 years undergraduate and 4 years graduate). A chiropractic degree from an accredited chiropractic college, followed by passage of the state boards (until 1975 MDs and DCs in Ohio sat in the same room and took the same test to become licensed), ensures the public that the chiropractor is well rounded in knowledge and scope. Since chiropractic physicians neither prescribe drugs nor perform surgery, Chiropractic College places heavy emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Therefore while we are responsible to be able to diagnosis and/or recognize general medical conditions, our background provides a clear advantage in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems compared to most medical physicians. If you suffer heart or kidney disease, your medical physician is the appropriate choice. It is to your benefit to explore both natural and allopathic (drugs and surgery) approaches and choose your best option, or team. Bottom line: No physician can adequately treat everything. Medical doctors, Chiropractic physicians, and other health professionals all have a place in the healthcare delivery system.
Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers.
According to the Center for Studies in Health Policy, "The DC can provide all three levels of primary care interventions and therefore is a primary care provider, as are MDs and DOs. The doctor of chiropractic is a gatekeeper to the health care system and an independent practitioner who provides primary care services. The DC's office is a direct access portal of entry to the full scope of service." Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed in all 50 states.
Chiropractic is recognized by governmental health care programs.
Chiropractic is included in Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employees Health Care Benefits Programs, Federal Workers' Compensation and all state workers' compensation programs.