Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is different about Align Chiropractic Spine & Sports Rehab?
At Align Chiropractic Spine & Sports Rehab we perform an extensive assessment utilizing the most up-to-date and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to provide our patients with an individualized approach to fit their goals and needs. Dr. Kielbasa is a licensed chiropractor with advanced certification in Sports Chiropractic (CCSP) and McKenzie Spine Therapy (Cert. MDT), as a result he has a knowledge beyond straight chiropractic that he utilizes to direct your care providing better treatment options and therapeutic outcomes.
What treatments are available at Align Chiropractic Spine & Sports Rehab?
We offer the most up-to-date, advanced, and effective forms of mechanical and musculoskeletal therapy including Chiropractic Care, McKenzie Spine Therapy, Sports Medicine, Massage Therapy, Fascial Stretch Therapy, Personal Training, Functional Movement Screen, Spinal Decompression Therapy, and our Supervised Weight Loss Program to better serve your health care needs. Though we may not use all of these therapies in your specific treatment plan we have them available and will allow your condition to dictate your treatment.
I have already received chiropractic treatment which did not help, why should I still consider Align Chiropractic Spine & Sports Rehab?
Often chiropractors will utilize only manipulation in their treatment approach. Though manipulation can and often is effective for many conditions it does not always fix the problem. At Align Chiropractic Spine & Sports Rehab, we offer multiple therapeutic approaches and understand that manipulation may not be the best choice for your condition. In other words our ability to utilize multiple therapeutic options allows your condition to dictate your treatment instead of our treatment dictating your problem.
What is chiropractic manipulation?
Chiropractic manipulation is a form of mechanical therapy that is utilized to help restore and improve joint mobility. It is most often utilized for the spine, but can also be used in joints in the extremities including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. It has been very well researched and has been shown to be very effective for many spine disorders including low back and neck pain, headaches, sciatica, disc problems (bulging and herniated discs), as well as many disorders of the extremity joints.
What if I do not want to be adjusted, is this mandatory to my care?
Absolutely not. Though manipulation is advised and often very effective for conditions that we treat. There are other options available to assist in improving joint mobility and function. Dr. Kielbasa's certification in McKenzie spine therapy offers our patients an equally and in some cases more effective approach to improving joint mobility and function. He is only one of a few chiropractors in the country to be trained in this technique. His ability to perform manipulation and his knowledge of the McKenzie method truly offers our patients the best in mechanical therapy!
What is the McKenzie Method?
McKenzie method is a very specific diagnosis and therapeutic approach for mechanical disorders of the spine including low back and neck pain, headaches, sciatica, bulging discs, and herniated discs, just to name a few. The specialized assessment of your condition utilizing this method allows Dr. Kielbasa to better diagnose the exact cause of your pain and as a result the ability to provide a more effective treatment plan to help you respond more rapidly. In fact this method of assessment has been researched to be as effective as an MRI in diagnosing low back and neck disorders! The majority of patients that undergo this form of care are typically pain-free in less than two weeks. In addition, this technique offers patients a specific plan following treatment to help maintain their improvements and avoid recurrences of their pain.
How long will it take to begin noticing improvement with care?
This ultimately varies by the extent and involvement of your condition. However, we anticipate seeing improvement within 3-5 visits, typically within the first 2 weeks of your care. Typically the sooner you seek care for your condition the faster you will begin to see results, it is best to wait no longer than one week from the onset of symptoms to schedule an appointment. The sooner we see you the better the prognosis. If your condition would not respond as anticipated or we feel it is not something that we are best suited to treat rest assured that we will make the appropriate referral for further testing or consultation with the appropriate health care practitioner. We work closely with many local physicians, imaging facilities, and labs to make this process simplified for our patients.
Will I have to do home exercises as a part of my care?
Most likely this will be a part of your treatment plan. With proper diagnosis of your condition, we are better able to guide your home exercise program to help decrease the time necessary to complete this part of your treatment plan as we understand our patients have busy schedules. We emphasize this portion of your care, as it will help to speed your recovery and reduce your time and cost in our office. The bottom line is that we want you better as soon as possible and also want you to be involved in your care!
How long will my appointments take?
Our initial appointment typically last one hour this time allows the doctor the ability to perform a thorough evaluation of your condition to accurately diagnose the specific cause of your symptoms. Follow-up appointments will typically take between 20-30 minutes during which we will focus on your care. Regular re-evaluations will be scheduled to assess your response to treatment.
How often will I need to be seen for care?
Typically during the initial portion of your care (first 2 weeks) you will be seen for 2-3 visits per week. As we get your condition better managed your frequency of treatment will decrease till you are discharged with a home exercise program. We strive to keep our patient visits to approximately 5-8 visits over the course of your treatment. However, this will ultimately be determined and discussed at your initial appointment with Dr. Kielbasa.
If you have any further questions, please e-mail us and we will be glad to get back to you in a timely manner. We strive to keep our patients educated and empowered in their care!