FAQs
  • What insurance companies do you work with?

    At Atlantic Spine Clinic, we are preferred providers with the following insurance plans:

    Blue Cross State

    Blue Cross Federal

    Blue Cross PPO

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina

    Aetna

    United Health Care

    Golden Rule

    Cigna

    MedCost

    Wellpath

    Medicare

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  • If I don't have insurance coverage, how much does it cost?

    At Atlantic Spine Clinic, we understand that deductible amounts change, and often patients are responsible for paying for their medical treatment without the assistance of insurance.  As a result, we offer low monthly or weekly payments for patients requiring care in our office that requiring no credit check and flexible plans.  Contact the office for further details. 

  • Where are you located?

     Atlantic Spine Clinic is located in the beautiful Iron Gate Plaza, in Mount Pleasant , SC.  Easy access from 17 and the Isle of Palms Connector, simply travel to the intersection of Hungryneck Blvd and the Isle of Palms Connector, and turn into Iron Gate Plaza at the Liquid Highway Carwash.  

    Click on the "map" link under the photo to the right, or follow this link.

  • What is chiropractic?

     Chiropractic is based on the spine, the nervous system and their ineteraction with each other. If bones in your spine are not moving properly, or are not in their proper position, irritation to a nerve may occur. This irritation can present as numbness, tingling, pain or burning. Chiropractors and chiropractic adjustments restore the proper movement of the bones and joints in the spine and extremities.

    Chiropractic is a drug-free route to health care that emphasizes locating and treating areas of spinal misalignment, improving the functioning of the body as a whole and eliminating pain.

  • How often do I need treatment?

    There is a common misconception about chiropractic care in that is intended to last forever.  At Atlantic Spine Clinic, our goals are simple:  

    Reduce Pain

    Stabilize the Treated Area

    Arm Patients With Exersise/Home Therapy 

    Initially, as with physical therapy, certain conditions require more frequent treatment, but our goals are very clear, and it is our focus to "keep our patients needing us as little as possible."

    Treatment will involve multiple visits to guide you through pain relief, to rehabilition and stabilization. Modalities such as ultrasound, electrical simulation are often employed as well as

    muscle techniques such as stretching or myofascial release to ensure that each visit's treatment will vary throughout the treatment plan.

  • Will it hurt?

    No, chiropractic care should hurt as much as starting a new exersise.  

    Under normal cicumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of recent trauma such as car accidents mild discomfort may occur due to inflammation. 

    At Atlantic Spine Clinic, we offer a breadth of other complementary therapies that increase the effectivness and comfort of therapy performed in this office.  This includes therapeutic ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, inversion therapy, thera-band and weight lifting equipment, active and passive stretching, and therapeutic massage therapy performed by either of our two wonderful therapists.

    Most people feel an immediate relief and increased mobility following an adjustment.

  • Does chiropractic care help during pregnancy?

    Due to the added weight and stress on the body of a pregnant woman, chriopractic adjustments can help relieve low back pain, pain between the shoulderblades, pain surrounding the pelvis and hips, as well as reduce headache and nausea frequency.  

  • Do I need x-rays?

    While the doctors at Atlantic Spine Clinic in Mount Pleasant often use x-rays, or other imaging sources such as MRIs or CT Scans, it is not our "blanket policy" that all pateints are required to perform the aforementioned diagnostics, nor are the imaging or reports the single source for deciding the appropriate plan or style of treatment.

    Rather, after a thorough discussion with a new patient regarding his or her condition(s) and an orthopedic evaluation is performed, further studies will be prescribed as is clinically relevant.

  • What does the adjustment actually do?

    Decreased pain goes hand in hand with improved joint motion.  An adjustment will briefly separate the joint, allowing joint fluid to flow in, promoting normal motion.

    It will increase blood flow to the area, which will promote healing. The muscles around the joint will also be stretched through the adjustment which will relieve spasms, further allowing proper joint movement. 

  • Is a chiropractic a "real" doctor?

    A chiropractor is a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) and has the ability to order diagnostic testing including blood work, MRI, x-rays and more.

    A chiropractor differs from a medical doctor (M.D.) in that they do not prescribe drugs.

    Chiropractors are required to earn a Bachelor's degree from an undergraduate college, prior to entering an accredited chiropractic college.

    Additionally, a four part national board exam and (in South Carolina) a Jurisprudence exam are required prior to licensure. 

  • What causes the "cracking" noise?

    During an adjustment a popping or cracking noise is often heard. It is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated.

    There is also a release of CO2 and Nitrogen gas from the joint space, much like opening a can of soda. 

    However, not all adjusting techniques cause the cracking or popping noises, ask your chiropractor about the options!

  • Do chiropractics prescribe medication?

    No. The decision to prescribe medication is left up to your primary care doctor, however, at Atlantic Spine Clinic our chiropractors frequently make calls to M.D.s to discuss the potential need for anti-inflammatory aids, providing you with the most thorough, interdisciplinary care. 

  • Can I "crack" my own neck?

    Some people can move their neck in ways to elicit a popping sound. Their joints move more than necessary (hypermobile joints).

    This is your body's way of compensating for other joints that do not move properly. "Stuck" vertebrae are usually accompanied by highly moveable (hypermobile) joints above and below. 

  • Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

    Yes. At Atlantic Spine Clinic the doctors perform thorough exams to identify the rare patients for whom chiropractic care maybe unsuited.   

    Chiropractic care is much safer and more effective than the perpetual use of over-the-counter pain reliever.

  • Do I have a pinched nerve?

    It is more likely that a nearby bone or vertebrae is irritating, stretching or rubbing a nerve. Pinched nerves are, in fact, quite rare. 

  • Do I have a slipped disc?

    A disc is a spinal shock absorber, found between your vertebrae. It is a fibrous outer ring with a jelly-like material in the center.

    A disc CANNOT "slip" because of the way it is attached to the vertebrae above and below it. A "slipped" disc is a common way to refer to a variety of disc problems.  

    A disc CAN bulge, tear, herniate, thin, and /or dehydrate.

  • Can I use chiropractic care after back surgery?

     Yes. A chiropractor is trained to avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine, focusing on the vertebrae above and below.

    Surgery often causes instability or hypermobility (see "Can I crack my own neck?") above and below the involved spinal levels.

  • How old should a person be before beginning chiropractic care?

    Chiropractic patients range anywhere from birth to old age. Adjustments and treatment plans are tailored for each individual patient.

    Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to modify their approach based on each individual's needs. 

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