Q & A with Dr. Warren of Warren Chiropractic

By+Kelli Stopczynski

Q. What could a person do at home to determine if they need to see a chiropractor?

Dr. Warren: A structural chiropractor is going to look at your spinal problems like an architect looks at a building and try to correct the biomechanical issues that lead to pain and nerve related problems.  To determine whether you may have a “structural” spine problem, look at yourself in the mirror after marching in place a few steps with your eyes closed.  Then, open your eyes and check a few things:

• Is your head sticking out too far forward creating a “granny hump”
• Are you shoulders and head level?
• Is your head shifted sideways to the left or right?
• Are your finger tips level at your side?
• Are you looking twisted through your rib cage?

These little tests can help a person to see some of the more obvious problems.

Q. What if you can’t find the answer for my pain or discomfort?

Dr. Warren: Patients want to know that if they go to a chiropractor it’s not a dead end road. If we can’t help, we’re going to refer you out to the best neurologist in the area who can help you. We also have the ability to refer out for tests—to send patients out for lab work and have it interpreted, and send patients out for MRIs. Or if we were to find a more serious condition, we would even find an oncologist for you. These referrals are important for all doctors and these discoveries may even save a patient’s life. 

We’re going to pay attention and if we can’t help with your aches and pains we’re not just going to drop you, we’re going to help you find the answers.

Q. Do other doctors refer patients to chiropractors?

Dr. Warren:  Yes. We have good relationships with dozens of medical doctors who refer patients here. We have solid, trusting communication with orthopedic doctors, neurologist, midwives, and internists. They often refer patients over to our office, if they think it would help their patient.  

Q. What are the most common misconceptions about chiropractic medicine?

Dr. Warren: Many times at the beginning stages of a patient’s visits, their friends and family mistakenly believe they’re starting a cycle of chiropractic treatment that will last the rest of their lives.  That’s not necessarily true.  A lot of those beliefs stem from the fact that once patients realize how good chiropractic care can make them feel, they continue because it helps them so much.

Another misconception is that all chiropractors will lay you down on a table and “pop” or “crack” your back.  There’s a wide variety when it comes to types of chiropractors but the majority aren’t like that.  I want my patients to realize we are here to listen to them and help them.  We give each patient a full medical examination which may include x-rays, then determine their proper course of care.  It might be physical therapy, massage therapy, gentle “mirror image” adjustments or one of the many other therapeutic services we offer.  

Q. As a chiropractic physician, can you provide the same care as
other physicians?

Dr. Warren:  In most states, chiropractors are licensed as primary healthcare physicians.  We don’t prescribe drugs and we don’t do surgeries.  That said, the educational requirements for chiropractors have gone through the roof in the last 25 years. 

50 or 60 years ago, becoming a licensed chiropractor was only a two year educational process.  Now it’s a four year pre-med or medical arts bachelor’s degree, then a four or five year program in chiropractic school that usually includes one year internship and a one year externship.


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