Frequently Asked Questions
- What do chiropractors do?
- A chiropractor is a doctor that performs a detailed history and examination to diagnose the cause of a patient’s condition and then uses their hands to assist the body in correcting those problems. They address the joints, muscles, and nerves to restore proper function and movement.
- What does the title “D.C.” mean?
- D.C. stands for Doctor of Chiropractic, and refers to the degree held by a chiropractor who has finished all their schooling and national board testing.
- What kind of schooling is required for a chiropractor?
- The training required of a chiropractor has been summarized by the American Chiropractic Association:
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 pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related 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 licensed 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. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, and rehabilitation, they receive more intensive education than most medical doctors or physical therapists.
- Do they have to be licensed?
- Yes, a chiropractor is required to be national board certified, obtain state licensure, and fulfill regular continuing education.
- How does a chiropractic adjustment help me?
- The joints of the body consist of different types of fibers and fluids that allow the bones to work together for proper movement. Chiropractors examine these areas to discover which joints are not functioning properly.
- The chiropractic manipulation to the joints will allow them to move freely and avoid further irritation to their normal function. Dr. Favero will also address the muscles, ligaments, and nerves so he can apply the appropriate treatments and so the body can heal completely.
- What ages of patients can receive chiropractic treatment?
- All ages and all types of people can receive chiropractic treatments. Dr. Favero is trained and skilled at applying the proper care for newborns and children as well as adults and the elderly.
- What is the first visit like?
- See our page What To Expect On Your First Visit.
- What if I have never seen a chiropractor before?
- Some patients are a little nervous about seeing a chiropractor for their first time. You have no reason to worry at Favero Chiropractic. Our friendly staff will help you feel comfortable and cared for. We will explain what we are doing and the reasons behind each step of the process.
- Do I have to get xrays?
- Radiographic imaging is sometimes required before treatment can be delivered. This can be due to recent injury/trauma or because of the severity of a patient’s symptoms. Dr. Favero will determine the need for x-rays during his comprehensive history and examination. He will order this imaging from a local radiology center so he can move forward with treatment as soon as possible. There may also be a need for outside referral for more specific diagnostic imaging, such as a CT scan or MRI. Dr. Favero has worked with many specialists and may discover that referral to another doctor is necessary for diagnostic value or specialized treatment. If this is the case, he will explain his reasoning in detail and receive your consent before moving forward.
- What kind of conditions can chiropractors treat?
- Chiropractors treat neck and back pain, as well as arms, legs, hands, feet…they are trained to address the entire body. They treat the body as a whole and discover what areas are contributing to your current condition.
- See our Conditions page to discover more specific conditions that chiropractors treat regularly.
- What if I’ve had surgery?
- It depends on the type of surgery you have received and how long it has been since the procedure. Most surgeons require around one year before allowing chiropractic adjustments to the area of the surgery.
- Dr. Favero will be able to determine the proper time for adjustments to the specific region, but in the meantime can bring relief to the nearby areas that have been affected by the surgery. We also have resources to assist patients in their post-operation healing and rehabilitation.