Frequently Asked Questions
Back Pain FAQs
What's Wrong with My Back?
Diagnosing the cause of back pain and stiffness requires a comprehensive consultation and examination. Patients should not assume their pain is the same condition, their family member had, and thus what helped their family member will help them. Every back problem is unique and different. So too are the treatments they require.
Dr. Ward is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries and abnormalities common to the back, spine and hips. If you are experiencing a back or other health related ailment, Dr. Ward can provide you with effective professional relief. If your condition is outside of the chiropractic scope or would be more appropriately managed by another health care specialist, Dr. Ward will quickly make the necessary referral.
Will My Insurance Pay for My Back Pain Treatment?
Ward Chiropractic and Rehabilitation participates with and accepts most major health, medical, worker’s compensation and auto insurances. Our staff would be happy to verify your benefits so that you fully understand your coverage. You can provide your insurance information over the phone or via e-mail.
Will I Need an X-ray, MRI, CT Scan, or Other Imaging Test?
Each case is evaluated on an individual basis. Many issues can be treated without imaging or outside testing. If you have had prior imaging tests, please bring the results to your first appointment. Common cases when imaging is usually ordered before starting treatment include trauma, chronic pain, pain at night, suspected disc issues, radiating pain, tingling and numbness.
Will You Work with Other Doctors and HealthcareProviders I Have Seen for this Same Issue?
Absolutely. At Ward Chiropractic and Rehabilitation we work closely with our medial colleagues. We have developed relationships with pain management, sports medicine, orthopedic and primary care physicians in Fairfax. We send detailed notes to referring physicians and speak with our referral partners directly in complex cases.
How Long will Treatment Take?
Our goal is to treat and release you in as few treatments as possible. The number of treatments varies depending on the condition. Some conditions can be resolved in one treatment and other conditions require 24 treatments. Most conditions fall between these two extremes. After your first visit, the doctor will provide you with a customized treatment plan.
How do I Know if Treatment is Right for Me?
We recognize that everyone is not a candidate for our treatment. We offer free 15 minutes consultations that enable you to meet with the doctor to discuss possible treatment options.
How Long are Treatment Sessions?
Treatment time ranges between 15 minutes and 50 minutes. After your first visit the doctor will let you know approximately how long each treatment will take.
Is the Treatment Painful?
No, typically the treatments feel good. Many people notice instant relief immediately after their treatments. Most look forward to returning for subsequent treatments. Patients experiencing severe bouts of back pain may notice some discomfort for obvious reasons, however, for most patients this is not the case.
Is Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Treatment Dangerous
Chiropractic treatment, including adjustments and rehabilitation, is extremely safe when performed by chiropractors. According to a 1993 Ontario Ministry of Health commissioned study, Chiropractic is among the safest treatments for most back problems. There are some rare risks to treatment which the doctor will review with you at your first appointment.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe During Pregnancy?
Yes. Dr. Ward has training and experience working with expectant mothers. We work closely with your OBGYN, midwife or other members of your birthing team. Chiropractic care is safe for pregnant women and their babies and can be particularly attractive for those trying to avoid medication to manage their pain.
I've Been told One of my Legs is Shorter than the Other. Can this Cause Back Pain?
Many individuals experience one leg that that is “shorter” than the other. This difference in leg length is either functional or structural. In a structural short leg, the bones are actually shorter in one leg. In a functional short leg, misalignments in the back and hips can cause one leg to appear shorter. Leg length differences cause asymmetric forces through the back resulting in pain. Dr. Ward can identify your structural or functional leg length deficiency and outline necessary treatment.
Can Chiropractic Treatment Help with my Spinal Stenosis, Lumbar Disc, SI Joint Dysfunction etc?
With rare exceptions, Dr. Ward can help with health problems causing pain in the back. If you are unsure if chiropractic and rehabilitation treatment is right for you, call us and take advantage of a 15 minute free consultation with Dr. Ward.
I Have a "Sway Back," Can You Help Me?
“Sway back” is a common postural distortion. An increased curve in the lumbar spine is known as hyperlordosis, anterior pelvic tilt or lower crossed syndrome. Our treatment can help restore your normal posture through adjustments and corrective rehabilitation.
I've had Back Surgery, but I'm Still in Pain. Can you Help?
Sorry to hear that you are still in pain. Unfortunately, many patients continue to experience symptoms after surgery. Our gentle treatments are ideal for patients witha history of surgery. If you have pre or post-surgical x-rays, MRIs or CT scans, please bring them to your first appointment.
Can you Help my Child with Back Pain?
Chiropractic and rehabilitation therapy is safe and effective for infants through elderly individuals. Dr. Ward has specialized training with youth, high school and college athletes. We communicate with athletic trainers and team physicians throughout the treatment process.
Do I have to Keep Coming Back for Treatments Forever?
Our goal is to release you in as few treatments as possible. We provide home exercises to speed your recovery. Some patients, especially athletes, do choose to have periodic treatments after their symptoms resolve. This is certainly not a requirement.
Why Would my Medical Doctor Tell me to Avoid Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Treatment?
Most modern physicians recommend chiropractic care for low back pain. Unfortunately, some healthcare providers, are not well educated on chiropractic treatment. If you have been advised to avoid chiropractic care, we recommend you meet with Dr. Ward to discuss any specific concerns. Dr. Ward can initiate a conference call with you and your doctor to explain the treatment approach and answer any questions from you or your doctor.