Frequently Asked Questions
Is NUCCA the right treatment for me?
Some conditions that can benefit from chiropractic care begin and can end in the neck. Falls, whiplash, or a twist of the neck can all result in the relationship of the head and neck going off center. However, often patients will have symptoms that would appear to indicate other treatments, but which can actually be addressed by adjustment of the atlas. By adjusting the head and neck, the entire spine, including the pelvis, can return back toward normal.
What can I expect at my appointment?
New patients are scheduled for two initial 45-minute appointments, preferably within a day or two of each other. At the first appointment, the doctor will review your health history, conduct an examination and take 3 x-rays of very specific, calculated views of your head and neck.
At your second visit, when you receive your first adjustment, you may need to stay longer than the 45-minute appointment. Dr. Plancich will do her utmost to obtain a maximum correction during that visit, and appreciates your flexibility and availability. By giving her patients this extra time, she finds that their future visits are often reduced substantially. She also recommends that you take time to rest and relax after your appointment is over.
How often will I need to come in for a check-up?
Normally, after this first adjustment, the patient will have weekly check-ups for about four to six weeks or until a pattern of holding alignment emerges. The patient will only be adjusted when necessary. Regular check-ups are strongly recommended to insure good spinal health, and the doctor will determine a check-up schedule that best suits each patient’s needs.
How soon after I’m adjusted should I expect to feel better?
Each case is unique, but generally symptoms may subside from as soon as a few hours to up to four to six weeks after the adjustment. It is not unusual for patients to have new or different complaints following their adjustment, as the tissue and nerves surrounding the atlas begin to settle into their new, improved alignment. Once settled into alignment, the discomfort subsides. This healing cycle can last for as long as three years, which is why following the treatment protocol is so important. Prevention is the best medicine.
Will I be x-rayed every time I come in?
No. After you have had the initial x-ray sequence, the only instance when you would require more x-rays is if you had an experience to create a new, different misalignment. Some examples would be a car accident, a serious fall, or a surgery.
Will my insurance cover my treatment costs?
Our office does not bill insurance, so our patients pay at the time of service. Many patients submit their statements to their insurance companies for reimbursement. Each patient’s insurance coverage is different. You will need to check with your insurance company to see what your policy will cover.
The only exception to this rule is in the case of a patient with an open claim on a Personal Injury Protection policy. We will bill a patient’s PIP claim to cover the cost of our services.