Chiropractic is safe, effective, affordable care for many musculo-skeletal conditions.

Majority in U.S. say #chiropracticworks for neck, back pain

According to a new Gallup report commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, 33.6 million U.S. adults (14 percent) seek chiropractic care each year. More than half of all U.S. adults have visited a chiropractor, and more than one quarter of them would choose chiropractic care first for back or neck pain. Want to learn more? Visit our Gallup page for more highlights and the full report.

What conditions can be helped by chiropractic?

Chiropractic is an effective treatment for many problems. Here are some common illnesses we address every day in our clinic . . .

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Balance difficulties
  • Sports injuries
  • Whiplash and other collision injuries
  • Occupational injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ disorders
  • Digestive problems
  • Scoliosis

There are many more disorders that can be helped through chiropractic. And don't worry, if your illness cannot be helped by chiropractic, we will connect you with a healthcare provider that meets your needs.

What other services are available through Palmer's clinics?

In addition to treating many common health issues, our providers are skilled and certified to provide other health related services, including . . .

  • Diet & nutrition counseling
  • Exercise counseling
  • Sports and general physicals
  • DOT physicals
  • Functional Assessments
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic massage

Is chiropractic safe? Will it hurt?

Chiropractic care is safe, with a very low risk of serious complications at less than one per million (about 1 in every 5.86 million adjustments)1. By comparison, the risk of death following other common treatments for spine-related pain is: 53.6 per million for prescription opioid pain medications2; and 1,800 per million for spine surgery3.

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

Is chiropractic care effective?

In a recent study, 94 percent of chiropractic patients reported a significant reduction in back pain4. Another study showed chiropractic care in conjunction with standard medical care offered a significant advantage over medical care alone for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning for people with acute low-back pain5.

For neck pain, a recent study found that 82 percent of chiropractic patients reported a significant reduction following chiropractic care6. Further, chiropractic treatment may reduce migraine symptoms by as much as 40 percent7.

How often and how long will I need to receive care?

The frequency and length of treatment depends on a variety of factors, including your age, fitness level, and the severity of your illness or injury. Routine well care adjustments are also recommended. A growing body of research proves that chiropractic care is an excellent option for the treatment of back and neck pain because it . . .

  • Is safe, effective, non-invasive care
  • Provides shorter recovery times than other treatment options
  • Costs less than most other treatment options
  • Is patient-centered and collaborative--we work with you and your other healthcare providers to move you forward in your wellness

Will treatment be covered under my insurance?

Most insurance providers cover chiropractic treatment, although the level of coverage varies greatly. We advise patients to contact their insurance company prior to their first visit to learn the coverage provided through their specific plan.

Patients who choose to pay for their care directly (without insurance), and at the time of service, qualify for a discounted rate.

Palmer Clinics also offer financial assistance for patients with a financial need, and offer discounted services (based on income) through our community outreach clinics. Finally, In support of our military, Palmer Chiropractic Clinics offer complimentary care for active-duty status military personnel and their families.

Your Privacy, Rights and Responsibilities

You have certain rights and responsibilities as a patient in our clinics. You have the right to expect excellent clinical care and to have all of your treatment explained to you and every question answered to your satisfaction. Want to know more? Review detailed information in the links below or call us if you have more questions.

  1. Haldeman S, Carey P, Townsend M, Papadopoulos C: Arterial dissections following cervical manipulation: the chiropractic experience. CMAJ 2001;165:905
  2. Email to American Chiropractic Association from Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 29, 2014.
  3. Smith, JS et al. Rates and causes of mortality associated with spine surgery based on 108,419 procedures: a review of the Scoliosis Research Society Morbidity and Mortality Database. Spine 2012, Nov 1;37(23):1975-82
  4. Schneider M et al, Comparison of spinal manipulation methods and usual medical care for acute and subacute low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. Spine 2015 Feb 15;40(4):209-17
  5. Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain. Spine 2013;38(8):627-634.
  6. Bronfort G et al, Spinal manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 2012 Jan 3, 156(1 Pt 1): 1-10
  7. Chaibi A et al, Manual therapies for migraine: a systematic review. J Headache Pain. 2011 Apr; 12(2): 127-133.

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