Q: What makes our clinic different from other Des Moines area chiropractic clinics?
A: Dr. Shaw’s expertise is the diagnosis and treatment of joint, muscle, and nerve disorders with the goal of getting you back to the activities which you love to do. This is done by providing conservative care along with education about your condition so you have self-treatment options if you should have a flare-up in the future.
Q: Isn’t all chiropractic treatment the same?
A: At Shaw Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center we utilize clinically proven treatments with a goal of relieving pain and other symptoms and restoring function. Most treatment plans in our office fall between 4 - 6 visits and Dr. Shaw will help you manage when it is wise to return to certain activities.
Q: Do I have to keep coming back for treatment?
A: No. Though it may require several visits in the beginning of treatment, Dr. Shaw’s treatment plans are designed to educate and empower you so they do not become dependent on passive care strategies.
Q: I don’t want to be adjusted or I don’t like the popping sound. Do I have to be adjusted?
A: No. Just as is every injury unique, so is every patient. Manipulation is appropriate in some instances but is absolutely not essential. Your doctor will discuss treatment options and with you will agree on an acceptable treatment strategy.
Q: Can you help with a pinched nerve or sciatica leg pain?
A: Yes. Pain, tingling, and or numbness extending into the arms or legs may be from a nerve being irritated or pinched. We first identify what nerve is being irritated and where the entrapment of the nerve is originating from. Treatment is designed on centralizing the radicular pain, and restoring joint and muscle biomechanics.
Q: Do you take mandatory x-rays?
A: If there is no history of an injury occurrence and there are no “red flags” found in the examination, then additional imaging most likely will not be needed. X-rays are not necessary for you to begin treatment.
Q: My MRI says I have a herniated disc. Can you still help me?
A: It is important to correlate diagnostic imaging findings with what is found during the examination. If the disc herniation correlates with examination findings there are conservative methods in which to successfully treat 90% of the population with the condition.Iff you have persistent weakness of the legs or loss of control with bowel/bladder function an immediate surgical consultation will be necessary.
Q: Do you refer to other healthcare providers?
A: We pride ourselves in working in conjunction with the referring doctor and sending the patient back to them. If you need further treatment that is outside of our scope we will make the necessary referral.
Q: Are your services covered by insurance?
A: We accept most insurance plans. As a courtesy we will verify insurance coverage before your first visit and inform you of any deductible or co-payments.