Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve taken some of the questions we get asked most frequently and compiled them in one place. Should you have any other questions that we may have missed, contact us and we will do our best to help you.
What is your new patient procedure?
Each patient will give a detailed history about their condition. Vitals and a series of orthopedic, neurological, and range of motion exams will be performed. Depending on time frame and severity of your pain/injury, the doctor may try corrective exercises to reduce symptoms.
Depending on your length of appointment, soft tissue therapy will be utilized before manipulation (adjustments) if it is warranted. This initial visit usually lasts about an hour.
DCFM does not take x-rays in the office but if the doctor feels they are necessary, you will be referred to a facility near by.
How long do I have to keep coming to the Chiropractor?
The answer we get to many questions in the medical field, it depends. Literature states that with common conditions an average of 6-12 visits should suffice. However, sometimes it takes less, sometimes more.
If you suffer from a chronic condition, you may be coming in once every two/four/six weeks for a prolonged period to help manage your pain to eliminate/reduce the use of opioids/steroids.
What types of health insurance do you accept?
Due to ever changing/increasing costs associated with insurance we chose to practice outside the realm of insurance. Unfortunately, they are restrictive on the thorough level of exam and care DCFM wishes to provide its patients.
You can see our prices listed on this page
HOWEVER, we can print out a super-bill for you to submit to your insurance company to be reimbursed. You will have to call your insurance company to make sure they accept Chiropractic care. You should also note that you may not be reimbursed the same amount you paid in office.
What conditions does DCFM treat?
muscle and joint pain--this includes spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, foot
TMJ (jaw) pain/dysfunction
and much more, call or e-mail to see if DCFM can help you!
Does DCFM provide maintenance/wellness care?
Although it is not our main focus, DCFM can provide regular wellness checks to individuals seeking maintenance care. This type of care can be great for preventing injury, moving optimally, and decreasing flare ups of current issues.
What is a spinal manipulation?
A spinal adjustment/manipulation can be described as an impulse or thrust through a joint, which can be manual or with some kind of instrument. When manipulating a synovial joint (joint filled with synovial fluid), you may hear a "popping/cracking noise." This indicates air bubbles moving into said joint, at the moment that the pressure rises, the bubble implodes, this is called cavitation.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, due to longer initial and follow up visits, you will need to make an appointment.
How long are follow-up visits?
If this is your 1st visit follow-up from your initial exam, your appointment will be closer to 25-30 mins. Thereafter, it is going to depend how you are progressing through treatment. You can expect anywhere from 15-30 minute follow-up exam times.
What is instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization/manipulation?
We abbreviate this IASTM. Dr. Katelyn will use a stainless steel instrument on the skin to break apart fascial adhesions, (tissue that holds all your muscles together can sometimes get stuck and not glide as easy). Some redness and occasional bruising can appear with this type of therapy. This therapy will generally be used in addition to manual deep tissue manipulation.