What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care: Doctors of Chiropractic are non-surgical spine specialists who assess and manage patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders and related clinical conditions including but not finite to, back pain, neck pain, headaches, and extremity complaints. When addressing patients’ needs, DC’s utilize appropriate diagnostic procedures and conservative therapeutic interventions, with a primary focus on spinal and extremity manipulation.

Although by a discussion of the problem and physical examination mostly cases will solve. Also, chiropractors utilize blood tests, MRI, CT Scans, X rays, and other diagnostic tests when necessary. As with other health care disciplines, chiropractic is carrying out to accountability and predictability in obtaining measurable outcomes. These would include but are not lean to pain, physical function, and patient satisfaction.

Chiropractic Education

Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of a pre-medical undergraduate college education. Including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology, and lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding. Four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.

Doctors of chiropractic

who are allow to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in many nations around the world — undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors.

Doctors of chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed. Chiropractic colleges also offer post-graduate continuing education programs in specialty fields ranging from sports injuries and occupational health to orthopedics and neurology. These programs allow chiropractors to specialize in a healthcare discipline or meet state re-licensure requirements.

What Conditions do Chiropractors Treat?

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Extremity Pain
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Car Accident Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot & Ankle Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Muscle Spasms, Tightness & Tension
  • Pain and/or Numbness or Tingling in the Extremities
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rib Problems
  • Rotator Cuff Conditions
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Disc Problems
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • TMJ Disorder
  • Whiplash
  • Work Comp Injuries
  • Wrist & Hand Pain
  • and much more.


Our patients should expect their initial visit with the chiropractor to be approximately one hour so that the chiropractor can perform a thorough history and exam. So if x-rays or other diagnostic tests are medically necessary, they may order. Depending upon the severity of your injury or complaint, follow-up visits will arrange anywhere from one day to six months later, or you may simply call us the next time you are in need of an appointment. Follow-up visits are usually 20 minutes. We believe in using multiple disciplines in order to best treat our patients. Also, we offer different services just like, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, Clinical Nutrition, Aquatic Therapy, and more, to be useful in conjunction with Chiropractic Care.
This is a very common question, and unfortunately, there is no one simple answer to this because the amount of time needed for recovery is variable, not only for each different condition but also for each individual patient. So generally speaking, conditions that have been present for a longer period of time will logically require somewhat longer recovery time, although there are always exceptions. Our approach is such that the immediate goals are to help you get relief from pain and disability as quickly as possible, while at the same time, addressing the underlying dysfunctions that create the pain and teaching you strategies to manage and reduce any future episodes that may occur. So in this way, we attempt to help you expeditiously reduce pain and return to normal function. Typically, within six visits we expect at minimum 30-50% improvement. If these goals are not being met treatment strategies will modify and further diagnostic testing or referral may be scheduled.
Often when a joint is operate, it makes a "popping" sound. There is the fluid inside all joints, and within this fluid, there is dissolved gas. When manipulation is performed, the gas in the fluid forms a bubble and pops, producing an audible sound. Although this is not necessary for manipulation to be effective, it is simply the sound of the joint suddenly releasing from its restricted state.
Not necessarily. Manipulation is a technique that is useful to correct joint dysfunction, which is a condition in which there is loss of normal movement of a joint - a common cause of spinal pain and dysfunction. So if you do not have joint dysfunction then there is no need for manipulation. Even if you do have joint dysfunction, if you’d prefer, there are "non-cracking" techniques that can be useful to correct it, which are often equally effective.
Most of the time, manipulation is very comfortable. Slight to moderate discomfort has been reported in about 1/3 of patients, with 10% reporting more noticeable discomfort. In the majority of cases, any discomfort that does occur is gone within 24 hours.
Although there are certain uncommon instances in which regular, periodic treatment maybe suggest, this is the exception rather than the rule. There will likely be certain exercises that are endorse to you to do regularly, and these have been shown to prevent re-occurrences of back pain. The chiropractor at The Hetrick Center places much emphasis on teaching patients self-care strategies so that they can manage conditions themselves, only needing to return to the doctor if these strategies are not successful.
While spinal and other musculoskeletal disorders are less common in children than adults, certainly, they are not rare. There is no reason why children cannot be seen at The Hetrick Center. If manipulation is necessary, the techniques will be modify for the size of the child.