Palmetto Spinal Center, L.L.C.
Dr. Erik Younginer  |  drerik@drerikyounginer.com  |  (803) 799 - 7101

Below are some commonly asked questions we have noted through the years.  Do you have one not listed?  We encourage you to contact us directly by either calling our office or emailing via the Contact Us page of this website.  Your questions are of the utmost importance, and we want to answer them for you!

What can I expect to happen on my first visit?
You begin by filling out paper work detailing your reason for seeking care and your complete health history. This better enables us to provide you more complete and knowledgeable care. We will then have a discussion for additional history taking and to answer questions you may have. An exam follows complete with palpation, orthopedic, muscle, and neurological testing to detect the root cause of problems and identify from where they are originating. If x-rays are called for, they may be taken, and previous radiological studies will be reviewed as well. Treatment will then be rendered during this same visit unless some additional study must be first performed or reviewed. We will finally discuss an appropriate plan of care and what proactive measures you can take such as work ergonomics, specific exercises, stretching, etc. If it decided that you would not benefit from chiropractic care, an appropriate referral is made to another professional health care provider.

Does insurance cover chiropractic care?
Most major insurance policies do have chiropractic benefits.  This becomes more prevalent each year as the demand for chiropractic care continues to grow and with multi-year studies documenting the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care for musculoskeletal ailments.  Our practice is a provider for the majority of major carriers to include:  BCBS PPC/PPO, BCBS State of SC, BCBS Federal, Medicare, Cigna, Blue Choice, United Healthcare, Planned Administrators, and others.  We are happy to check your individual benefits before you even begin care, and we take care of filing claims directly to your company.

Do you take X-Rays?
We have the capacity to take x-rays in our practice. This is done when either a patient's history or the results from our exam point to the necessity to take films. We also want to see any previous x-rays and radiology reports you have. This may be enough to so new films are not necessary or at minimum give a previous snapshot to gauge progression. When taken in our office, we are always careful to follow all standard x-ray rules for shielding for protection. X-rays are never taken of our pregnant patients and of children when fracture, underlying pathology, or structural malformation is not suspected.
 
What range of ages does the practice treat?
Chiropractic care can literally treat patients of all ages. In our schooling, chiropractors are instructed on the care for newborns and geriatric patients. We have seen patents through this full range in our practice over the years. Our youngest patient was weeks old while our oldest was first seen at the age of 92. Since we use multiple techniques of adjusting, we can accommodate patients of all ages.
 
What is the 'cracking' sound heard when adjustments to the spine are made?
First off, nothing is actually cracking. Instead, you are hearing the sound of a release of trapped gas inside a joint. Lubricating fluid that sits inside a capsule within the joint traps nitrogen gas bubbles. When a joint is moved, these gas bubbles are released making a sound similar to a 'pop' or 'crack'. A good analogy is when you open a soda can and hear the hear release of the pressurized gas within the can. You hear this same sound when someone pops their knuckles. On a side note, you don't improve because of the gas release. It is ultimately a non-factoring event that accompanies adjusting.
 
How would I have to be dressed during exams and treatments?
You remain fully clothed throughout office visits. Even when taking x-rays, you stay fully clothed as long as the garments are not obstructing the anatomy being studied.
 
Does adjusting the spine or other affected joints hurt?
It is our utmost goal to provide you with effective, comfortable care. We employ multiple adjusting techniques to ensure this goal. Adjusting should not be painful and at its worst only mildly uncomfortable. Most of the time, there is no discomfort.
 
How safe is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, non-surgical, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Of all primary health care physicians (surgeons, general practitioners, eye doctors, dentists, etc.), chiropractors have the lowest annual malpractice insurance premiums for the same level of coverage. The risks associated with chiropractic care are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours. Neck pain, radiating upper extremity symptoms, and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, there is not yet a clear understanding of the connection. The occurrence appears to be very rare, 1 in 5.85 million manipulations, based on clinical reports and scientific studies to date. Being very specific with the doctor about your history and symptoms offers the safest and most effective treatment.