Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Chiropractor and a Medical Doctor?

Chiropractic is, like any field of medicine, a specialty.  Chiropractors focus on the spine like dentists focus on your teeth and Internists focus on internal organs.  The Internist has an M.D. after his name; the Dentist has a D.D.S.; and Chiropractors have a D.C. after theirs.  In the end, they are each trained medical professionals skilled in their field and each are considered by law and practice to be doctors.

 

Why don’t Chiropractors prescribe drugs?

Doctors of Chiropractic have chosen a field of medicine that focuses on natural healing.  They are trained in methods of healing that do not require medication.  

 

Will my insurance cover Chiropractic treatment?

Our office participates in several insurance programs.  We also accept auto accident insurance and accident liens.  To find out if your insurance covers chiropractic care you can call our office directly at (813) 350-0109.  In addition, you may call this same number to schedule a free consultation at which time we will collect your insurance information and confirm your benefits prior to treatment. 

For patients who have no insurance, flexible cash payment programs can be arranged.  We also accept MasterCard and Visa 

Listed below are some of the insurance companies we do accept.  If you do not see your insurance provider listed, or are unsure of your coverage, do not hesitate to call us at (813) 350-0109 or e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We will verify and explain your benefits before treatment, at no charge. 

Mail Handlers/First Health

Aetna HMO/PPO

Humana PPO

Humana One/Humana Choice Care

Auto Accidents/Personal Injury

Medicare

Most Major PPO's (call office at (813) 350-0109 to verify)

 

Is Chiropractor care popular?

Between 10 and 15 percent of Americans visit Chiropractors each year.

 

Is this going to hurt? Really? Are you sure?

Under normal circumstances, Chiropractic treatments do not hurt.  When discomfort arises, for example during a Spinal Manipulation, it is typically discomfort, not pain, and lasts for only a second or two as a vertebrae is moved toward alignment.  We are in the business of alleviating pain, not causing it.

 

Is Chiropractic safe?

Spinal manipulations are extremely safe. Studies show the risk factor to be less than one injury per one million treatments.  It is much safer, in fact, than many traditional medical procedures.  Chiropractic is extremely safe.  During the past decade, Dr. Aguero has performed over 500,000 chiropractic adjustments and no one has ever been injured.  In fact, Dr. Aguero's malpractice insurance costs less annually than his automobile insurance!

 

What is a Spinal Manipulation?

Spinal Manipulation is a gentle, controlled movement of the spinal column to correct a misalignment, which is also called a Subluxation.  The goal of correcting a Subluxation is to remove pain and to allow the body to perform at it's optimum.

 

What causes the cracking sound made during a Spinal Manipulation?

The sound one hears during a Spinal Manipulation is not the spine cracking, but instead the sound of nitrogen gas rushing between the joints of the spine as they are slightly separated during movement.  The movement of this gas is painless and normal.

Do Chiropractors treat anything other than back pain?

Yes.  Doctors of Chiropractic treat many other kinds of pain, including Sciatica, Osteoarthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, headaches, sports injuries and others.  In addition to pain relief, Chiropractic has been shown to be an effective mode of treatment for conditions that include immune dysfunctions such as allergies and Asthma.  Remember that Chiropractic's focus is the spine, and the spine is the core of all communication within the body.  Correcting spinal problems, therefore, often corrects many conditions other than pain.
 
In addition to Spinal Manipulation, Chiropractic care focuses intently on health maintenance.  diet, exercise and guiding our patients toward healthy choices.

 

Why do I have to go for Chiropractic treatment so frequently?

Chiropractors do not rely on medication, but on personal care and attention.  Using an analogy that is common, consider your visit to a traditional doctor who gives you a prescription to take home and use twice a day for a week.  That equates to two treatments each day for seven days, or fourteen treatments.  Add the first and second doctor’s visits and you just had sixteen treatments.  Doctors of Chiropractic don’t hand out medication, which too often masks symptoms without curing the cause of the symptoms.  Instead, Chiropractors perform hands-on treatment.  Most patients are not accustomed to that much attention from a doctor, but in Chiropractic care personal treatment and attention is the core of our practice.

 

Why do I have to keep coming once the pain is gone?

Because pain is a symptom and not the cause of a medical condition, relief of pain should not always be considered the end of a series of treatments.  We’ve all had a cold before.  We wanted to get out and about again and out of the sick bed.  So as soon as we felt better, we hustled out the door to resume our life only to find ourselves sick again the next day because our bodies weren’t fully recovered yet.  So it is with Chiropractic treatments for pain.  The pain can be relieved more quickly than the actual cause of the pain, and so stopping treatments before the cause is remedied can often lead to relapses and, worse, to the development of a chronic condition.

 

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