Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of multidiscipline treatment?
Different conditions respond to different therapies, and often the respond to two or more therapies given concurrently. In general, physical therapy addresses the muscular and ligamentous component of musculoskeletal problems. Chiropractic addresses the spine, and all the associated structures, including the spinal nerves and intervertebral discs. Massage therapy is helpful for decreasing muscle spasm and tension, and for reducing adhesions and scar tissue in injuries. Together, these therapies have a powerful, synergistic effect that often far exceeds their effects when done individually.
How long does a full course of treatment take?
That depends on a number of factors like the severity of the problem, the age and healing capability of the patient, and most importantly, the compliance with the treatment plan and home exercise program. However, in general, the multifaceted, integrated approach that we take produces much faster results than a unidimensional approach.
Who needs physical therapy?
That needs to be determined by a health care provider, but patients who typically can benefit from physical therapy are those who would benefit from strengthening or increasing flexibility of injured body parts. Physical therapy also helps with correcting poor posture, which is a problem that leads to many musculoskeletal conditions. Finally, patients who have had surgery usually need physical therapy to help restore function, strength and range of motion, as well as to minimize scar tissue that can decrease performance and function of the very area that was operated on.
Who needs chiropractic treatments?
Not only patients who have back pain are candidates from chiropractic care. This is a very common misconception about chiropractic treatment. Anyone who demonstrates spinal segmental dysfunction (joints not moving normally, or to the extent they are supposed to) would most certainly benefit from chiropractic care. Interestingly, this often does not produce pain or symptoms for years, but can be detected early through a number of different methods that chiropractors frequently employ. This can actually prevent degeneration and arthritis that would otherwise have occurred later in life and produced pain and restriction of movement.
Do you take x-rays on site?
If the doctor determines it is necessary and appropriate to take x-rays, we can do them right in our office. Very rarely, we will send out for x-rays if a special or unusual study is required. Certain neurological testing like Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) and Electromyelogram (EMG) can also be done in our office by a neurologist. Other advanced imaging studies like MRI, diagnostic ultrasound, CT scans, and nuclear bone scans are typically referred out. Results from all diagnostic testing are reviewed with the patient on the subsequent visit.
How easy is it to get an appointment at Ageonics Medical?
New patients can normally be seen the same day they call. We understand that when you are in pain, you want relief quickly, so we will make every effort to get you in to see the doctor as quickly as possible. Once you are an established patient, it is very easy to make appointments that will fit into you busy schedule, since we are open 7am-7pm, Monday through Friday