FAQ

chicagochiropractor

Do you take my insurance?

Yes! Two Hands accepts all insurance policies. We are in-network with some as well. Please call or email us for details.

Do you take Medicare?

Yes! Two Hands accepts Medicare patients.

Do I need a referral from my MD for acupuncture or chiropractic care?

No. In Illinois, Doctors of Chiropractic are primary care physicians. Just like going to a Medical Doctor, you do not need a referral.

What does an average treatment cost?

The range of treatment costs vary, depending on the procedures administered. A good estimate though is as follows:

New Patient Exam: $100-350
Chiropractic Care: $60-220
Acupuncture: $56-150
Established Patient Exams: $50-200

Do I have to have an exam with the Doctor prior to getting treated?

Yes, prior to getting a treatment all patients must have an exam by the Doctor. The exam insures that the treatment is safe and effective for you. If you would like to get a massage with our highly trained massage therapist without becoming a patient, that is possible. If you choose to do so, it is important to note that you will not have a diagnosis and therefore the massage will not be considered a treatment and will not be billed to insurance.

Do you offer discount plans?

We work with patients when necessary to set-up payment plans. We feel that it is important that the patient gets the recommended care when it is needed, not when they can afford it.

If I drive to my appointment will there be street parking available?

We highly recommend taking public transportation, but if you do drive there is valet parking available directly in front of the building on Wabash Ave. It costs $18 to park for under 2 hours. Metered street parking is rarely available on Wabash and costs $6/hour with a 2 hour limit. If you plan on looking for a metered parking spot, please give yourself ample time.

What should I expect at my first appointment?

Click here to learn more about your first appointment.

If I start treatment, will I have to come forever?

No, but most patients find that they indeed do benefit from Wellness Care after their Active Care treatment plan is complete. Usually this entails treatments once per month or less. Long term care is not mandatory, but promotes long-term corrections and can help to prevent or minimize the return of symptoms.

What kind of training does a DC have? How does it compare to that of a MD?

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. 

Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has been the case for more than 25 years.

Before they are allowed to practice, doctors of chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed. Chiropractic colleges also offer post-graduate continuing education programs in specialty fields ranging from sports injuries and occupational health to orthopedics and neurology. These programs allow chiropractors to specialize in a healthcare discipline or meet state re-licensure requirements. 

This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate. (Source: http://www.acatoday.org)

Is chiropractic safe and effective?

Yes, chiropractic and acupuncture treatments are safe and effective. While any form of health treatment contains a degree of inherent risk, there is little danger in chiropractic or acupuncture care when administered by a properly trained and qualified practitioner. To assure competency, all states require that DCs be board-qualified, licensed, and regulated according to stringent criteria. Statistics show that patient risk is substantially lower for chiropractic and acupuncture care because the use of prescription drugs and surgery are not used.

Does acupuncture hurt?

While some patients are more sensitive that others, many patients note that they “hardly even felt the needle go in”. It is important to note that an acupuncture needle is much smaller than a medical needle and even a sewing needle.

Acupuncture Needle

Does chiropractic care hurt?

In an acute case, the patient may feel some discomfort during a treatment, and some soreness afterwards. Usually patients enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and find the experience quite pleasant!

What is that popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

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. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released. There is no pain involved.

Is chiropractic safe for kids?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from daily activities, as well as from participating in sports. Their injuries may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

Our doctors have taken additional coursework in pediatric care.

Can pregnant women safely receive treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy?

Yes, in our office we are trained to treat pregnant women through every stage of their development. These treatments are not only safe, but highly effective for the ailments that can accompany pregnancy.

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