Lake Norman Chiropractic FAQs

What are some common conditions that chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors treat a variety of conditions primarily involving the nervous system, muscular system, and skeletal system.  We also treat many patients who have previously gone through neck/back surgery.  Aside from injuries stemming from the spine, our Mooresville office has successfully treated extremity conditions like carpal tunnel, rotator cuff impingement, ankle sprains, and plantar fasciitis to name a few.  We’ve created a special section on our website called Common Chiropractic Conditions where you can learn more.

Will the treatment hurt?

Chiropractic care is very safe. Occasionally when there are sore and inflamed muscles and ligaments, there may be some minor discomfort. This post-treatment soreness does not last long and typically subsides within 24-48 hours. Most of the time treatment at Lake Norman Chiropractic is painless and feels great.  After your body gets used to chiropractic adjustments, there is rarely any discomfort.

How much time do I need to schedule for visits?

On your first visit you will be in the office roughly 1 to 1.5 hours due to the examination and report of findings. Subsequent visits will take between 10-30 minutes depending on the level of care needed and any passive therapies utilized (muscle stimulation, traction, heat, etc.).

Will my visits be covered by insurance?

While most insurances cover chiropractic, and we are the preferred provider on most plans, we encourage you to contact our office so we can verify your insurance benefits before your initial appointment. We offer affordable cash plans for patients without insurance coverage as low as $40 per treatment.

What is the training for a chiropractic physician?

After undergraduate training, a 5-year chiropractic program must be completed before a doctorate in chiropractic is received. Throughout the education program, emphasis is placed on specific chiropractic adjusting. Course work, which is very similar to that of medical school includes Gross Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Radiology, Diagnosis, Patient Assessment, and Biochemistry. The last two years focus training in physical and imaging diagnosis, physical therapy, nutrition and exercise rehabilitation. Finally, an internship program is completed before graduation. Prior to licensing in North Carolina, your chiropractor must complete rigorous National Board exams Parts 1 thru 4.

Do chiropractors prescribe drugs or surgery?

No, chiropractic physicians do not dispense drugs or perform surgery. We rely on natural methods to help the body heal itself. However, we understand that there is a point where medication and surgery are needed.  As responsible physicians, we are trained to recognize when a condition has not responded to conservative care and will make a referral to another healthcare provider that can help.

How does chiropractic work?

Improper or restricted motion of the bones in the spine and extremities can irritate the surrounding joints, muscles and ligaments (like a car with uneven tires). This can cause joint fixation, inflammation, and spasm of the surrounding structures/tissues. Chiropractors restore proper biomechanics allowing the body to heal itself.  

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a specific, safe and controlled thrust restoring motion to a fixated/restricted joint. Dr. Abernathy and Dr. Zagst are trained in a variety of techniques, including traditional adjusting as well as low force adjusting that is safe for children and patients with osteoporosis. Many people feel calm and relaxed after an adjustment.

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Yes, adjustments are remarkably safe. The doctors are trained in a large variety of techniques including low force options for those patients that are uncomfortable with a usual adjustment.  As with any treatment, there are risks and benefits.  The most common side effects we have seen from chiropractic care include soreness and mild bruising.  Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic adjustments of the neck are very safe when performed by a trained physician.  Dr. Abernathy and Dr. Zagst use specific techniques when working on the neck to avoid stress on the upper ligaments and blood vessels.

How long until I feel better?

Most people feel some relief after their first visit and substantial relief after 6-8 visits. Chronic or severe cases usually take longer to respond.  Everyone is different and will progress with treatment at different rates.  Keeping your appointments and performing the recommended stretches/habit changes will ensure you recover quickly and fully.  If our Mooresville chiropractors are unable to help, they will refer you to another provider that offers other treatment options.

If there is something you didn’t see on our Lake Norman Chiropractic FAQs page, call (704) 664-3455 to ask the doctor your question!