Dr. James C. Spaulding

Chiropractor - Edinboro, Pa.

D.C., C.M.E.
106 Waterford Street • Edinboro Pa 16412 • Send E-Mail
Phone: (814) 734-3422
Frequently Asked Questions
How is chiropractic different from other health professions?

The question often arises as to how chiropractic differs from other forms of health care. Rather than attempt to define what other professionals do, let’s talk about what sets chiropractic care apart from the others.

Chiropractic (D.C.) is one of the “big three” licensed and independent major health disciplines, with the Allopathic (M.D.) and Osteopathic (D.O.) professions being the other two. Chiropractic is, however, the largest drugless healing profession worldwide. This in no way suggests that chiropractors don’t “believe” in the medically necessary and prudent use of drugs, it simply means that drugs are not part of what we do. I would never knowingly interfere in a treatment regimen specifically prescribed by a patient’s primary care physician or specialist.

Do I need a referral from my primary care physician to see a chiropractor?

Although referrals from other health professionals are common, most individuals do not need a referral to engage in the services of a chiropractor. For instance, we regularly see, and are covered by law, for Worker’s Compensation, auto accident and other personal injury cases without a referral. The same is generally true for most health insurances, however, some plans require prior authorization for extended care and for services such as x-rays or MRIs. Worker’s Compensation does have special rules for engagement with any doctor, so it is best to call the office for the guidelines.

Insurance coverage is basically a matter between you and your insurance carrier, and sometimes your employer, but my office routinely is able to help our patients get the information they need in this regard. We encourage established and potential new patients to call the office with their insurance-related questions.

What can I expect on my first visit to your office?

Typically, an initial patient encounter in my office would entail a thorough history and chiropractic examination to determine the appropriateness of chiropractic care. Before any treatment begins an initial report of findings would normally follow.

Typically, we encourage our patients to keep their family physician “in the loop” and will send medical records upon request.

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What conditions do chiropractors treat?

As you might imagine, chiropractors do primarily treat complaints having to do with the musculo-skeletal system. These includes problems related to the back and neck, including headache, tingling of the arms and hands, hip and leg pain and other joint problems such as shoulder, knee and foot complaints. But chiropractic is so much more than a sore back treatment.

As a young boy I was able to experience relief from chronic and very painful ear infections through chiropractic treatment. It impacted me in such a positive way that even at the age of 7 or 8 I knew I was going to be a chiropractor someday. Through my teenage years, and numerous sports-related injuries, chiropractic continued to keep me physically healthy.

Over the last 37+ years I have been a frequent first-hand observer to wonderful “side-effects” in patients who came to me for strictly neck and back problems. The added benefits they received included, but are not limited to, increased daily function, help with allergies and asthma, clearer thinking, better sleep, improved digestion, and greater general well-being.

Must I have x-rays before being treated?

In some cases, appropriate medical technology, such as x-ray and MRI, may be indicated to provide needed important information. Although most of my patients have not needed x-rays to begin care, there are certain red flags which get my attention. These include, trauma, non-responsiveness to previous care, and chronicity (long-standing, unrelenting symptoms).

What kind of treatment can I expect in your office?

Chiropractic treatment can vary from office to office and even from patient to patient. There are numerous technique methods taught in chiropractic colleges, all of which are effective to one degree or another. After 37 years of practice and hundreds of hours of post-graduate work, I have developed an approach that I believe works best for my patient’s needs. Although it is not possible to incorporate every technique or modality into one office, I try to utilize an approach that is tailored to each individual patient.

Treatment in our office is aimed at restoring function and decreasing discomfort. The vast majority of my patients will receive a chiropractic spinal “adjustment” or manipulation as an integral part of their treatment visit. This is important because the spine houses the spinal cord, which is the “switchboard” through which nerve impulses are transmitted from the brain to all parts of the body. Misaligned or dysfunctional vertebral segments can interfere with that transmission, often causing pain or dysfunction. Adjustments to the spine and other joints are administered to remove interference and restore proper function.

An adjustment may be given by hand or through the use of a hand-held instrument, both of which have their place in a particular clinical situation. Although modern technology and research has made treatment faster and more effective than it was many years ago, we try to give each individual the time, technique and modalities needed for an optimum recovery from pain and disability.