Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need more information about Chiropractors, Medical Aid Rates, conditions that can be treated, and more? Have a read through our most frequently asked questions and if you don't find what you are looking for, feel free to contact us for more information.
Chiropractors offer safe, non-invasive and affordable care for common complaints relating to joint, nerve and muscular injuries and diseases.
Patients are encouraged to seek conservative treatment options such as chiropractic (where appropriate) before opting for hospital procedures, surgeries and medications which carry high risks and come with several side effects.
The chiropractic approach is natural, low risk and cost-effective.
Yes, chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints.
Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.
The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small.
No, a referral is usually not required to see a chiropractor. However, your medical aid may have specific referral requirements.
Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a chiropractor.
Most likely, yes. In South Africa, many of the medical schemes make provision for the reimbursement of chiropractic services.
However, it also does depend on each person’s payment plan as to the extent to which they are covered.
The best option to find out if you are covered to receive chiropractic care is to contact your medical aid for further information.
Hyde Park Chiropractic is not contracted into medical aid.
However, we will provide you with an invoice that reflects the ICD10 codes which you are able to use to submit to your medical aid provider to receive reimbursement.
Chiropractic care can help to reduce and/or eliminate the symptoms associated with various afflictions, including:
Neck pain, whiplash, lower back pain, migraines & headaches, sciatica, scoliosis, spinal disc injuries, sports-related injuries, tendinitis, pregnancy-related aches & pains, arthritis, sprains, and joint pain.
Acute and chronic Lumbar
Thoracic and Cervical spine pain, – Sacro-iliac syndrome; –
Intervertebral disc herniations; – Enthesopahies e.g. rotator cuff, tennis and golfers elbow
On your first visit, the chiropractor will start by taking a case history to identify the reason for your visit.
Next, they will discuss previous health and family history. This will be followed by a physical examination which will include muscles testing, orthopaedic and neurological exams.
Once completed, the chiropractor will discuss their findings with you. Once the chiropractor has made a diagnosis, they will discuss chiropractic treatment (if relevant) and the management options.
Following your consent, they will proceed with treatment which typically involves soft tissue therapy, using their hands or instruments, followed by dry needling where appropriate, and chiropractic adjustments (also known as manipulation) of the joints of the spine and extremities.
Should additional diagnostic testing or imaging be required to further investigate or confirm a diagnosis, then the chiropractor will discuss these options with you. Similarly, should your case benefit or demand alternative therapy by another health care professional, then the chiropractor will make the relevant referral.
Yes, babies and children can all benefit from chiropractic care. Babies undergo several forms of stress at the start of their lives, beginning with the birthing process and continuing through the first few months of adapting to life.
Difficulties with sleeping, feeding and recurrent crying and ear infections have all been shown to receive benefit from chiropractic treatment.
Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports.
Injuries such as these 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. The pressure used on an infant is incredibly gentle, likened to the pressure applied when testing the ripeness of an avocado. Children respond very well and quickly to chiropractic treatment.
A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thereby making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary.
Your chiropractor should tell you the extent of treatment recommended, and how long you can expect it to last. Most cases presented to a chiropractor resolve following 4-6 visits, depending on the nature and history of the ailment.
A chronic case suffered with for years typically takes more treatments to resolve compared with an acute injury or flare up.
At Hyde Park Chiropractic we believe in getting and keeping you feeling and moving better.
Therefore once your issue has been resolved and you have experienced the benefits of treatment, you may opt to receive monthly treatment to ensure healthy biomechanics and integrative neuromuscular function. These benefits and changes allow your body to better adapt to the physical stress of exercise, times of poor nutrition, lack of sleep and the emotional stresses of life.
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble in the joints, which makes a popping sound.
The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released.
There is usually minimal if any, discomfort involved.
In South Africa, chiropractors either study at Durban University of Technology (DUT) or at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
Education and training is spread over six years, after which a master’s degree in Chiropractic is awarded.
The first two years include a solid grounding in the general sciences after which time students are introduced to the clinical orientated subjects.
At the end of the 4th year, as well as in the 5th year, students are required to write and present a research project and dissertation. Students are required to take part in an internship, which includes a variety of practical applications in both the public and private sector.