Frequently Asked Questions
We answer some of your questions here...
On the initial visit, patients fill out a health history form and review their history and current health with the chiropractor prior to the initial assessment. After taking a thorough history, Dr. Schollaardt will perform a physical exam using a variety of diagnostic techniques and if necessary diagnostic imaging will be requested. When the patient’s condition is assessed, the chiropractor will recommend treatment. The Initial visit usually takes 1 hour. Future visits typically last about 10 minutes, but this may vary from time to time and is affected by the type of treatment you require.
The simple answer is no. Dr. Schollaardt will discuss a schedule of care, which will depend on your specific circumstances. For some people chiropractic treatment is like a regular tune-up, to help deal with the regular wear and tear of life. For others, it’s simply an effective treatment when pain or discomfort strikes. Take the time to discuss the treatment plan that’s best for you.
An initial consultation is $99 (this includes the examination and first treatment). Treatments after the initial assessment are $40. It is entirely appropriate to ask what the fees are when booking a first appointment.
Yes. Let us do the work for you! We offer direct billing for Bluecross, Manulife Financial, Green Shield, Sun Life Financial, Great-West Life, and a handful of others (some basic plans under these companies do not allow direct billing so please check if you are unsure). For Manulife to activate the direct billing feature on your card, you must go online to your Manulife account and set up the direct billing. For all other insurance providers we will provide you with the necessary receipts to process your insurance claims.
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to common musculoskeletal conditions such as headache, and neck and back pain. As such, it is a low risk therapy. Complications arising from adjustment are rare.
Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound – it’s exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. It is not painful. It is caused by the change of pressure within the joint resulting in gas bubbles being released.
X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis and are taken when a need has been determined after taking a patient case history and conducting a physical examination. Often times, no x-rays are needed.
TIP: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
Dr. Schollaardt may ask you to change into a gown to:
- check your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing
- test your reflexes, strength, and sensations
- assess your posture
- analyze your overall movement – through observing how you walk, turn, bend or lift things
- evaluation of how well your spine moves, identifying restrictions and areas of improper motion
TIP: Bring a copy of any x-rays or radiology reports you have
These assessments give your Doctor a better picture of your health.