Back or Neck Pain? Find a D.C. Chiropractor to Treat That and More
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Neck and lower back pains are among the most common reasons people seek a chiropractor, but treatments and potential pain relief don't stop there.
“After patients come to us for back pain, they then learn that we help with all sorts of problems, including shoulder, knee and wrist pain,” says Dr. Robert Wainer of the Bowman Chiropractic Center in Arlington, Virginia.
There are also treatments for foot pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Who knew?
Where Do You Turn for Pain Relief?
Wainer says about 30 percent of his patients come to his office after visiting a family physician and not finding much pain relief.
“They often times find out that the shots and medicine aren’t doing the trick,” Wainer says.
The frequency of chiropractor visits depends on each individual case, with most patients coming in once a week. Wainer says his most severe cases warrant visits of up to three times a week for up to a month.
Bowman Chiropractic draws clients form all over the Washington, D.C., region because many who work in Northern Virginia schedule visits during lunch breaks or in the afternoon.
Chiropractic medicine is a popular local option, in part, because Wainer says, "people around this area are well-educated and well-employed.”
This is Not Your Grandfather's Chiropractor
That’s good for business. So is the change in perception of chiropractors over the last 20 years.
This positive shift, Wainer says, can be attributed to social media and internet review sites. Those help make it easier to find the right local chiropractor.
“People speak very kindly about us,” he says. “The paradigm has shifted. People realize that this isn’t going to hurt.”
Wainer says it’s a noticeable difference in attitudes over the last three or four years, adding that "chiropractors have become much more mainstream and less mysterious.”
Also less mysterious these days are what chiropractic treatments are covered by your insurance.
"Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among other," according to the American Chiropractic Association.
Most of Wainer's patients, he says, have insurance that covers up to 100 percent of the cost.
“Patients are often surprised when they find that out,” he says.