Dr. Weatherall treats people of all ages, from children to the elderly, for many different problems. Chiropractic deals with the whole person and treats the causes of problems as well as their symptoms. If you have specific concerns about a problem you may have, contact Dr. Weatherall.
In general, Dr. Weatherall treats
The Canadian Chiropractic Association states: "Few (if any) other health care interventions have been assessed as extensively as chiropractic spinal manipulation, both in terms of safety and effectiveness. Furthermore, few other health care professions have been as thoroughly researched as chiropractic."
The issue of stroke and neck manipulation has received media attention. For more information about this issue, read the Chiropractic Association's release on neck manipulation and the article Spinal manipulation and stroke.
Dr. Weatherall perform the appropriate investigations to determine if you are a good candidate for therapy in terms of patient safety and likelihood of success. As well, he will provide the best treatment according to your individual condition.
If you are not a good candidate for chiropractic care, Dr. Weatherall will refer you to the appropriate health care provider.
Dr. Weatherall endeavors to make every treatment as comfortable as possible by applying the appropriate therapies according to your condition and comfort level. Usually, treatment is comfortable and you can feel positive results right away, especially in terms of decreased pain and increased mobility.
Keep in mind that the soft tissues surrounding your joints—the joint capsule, ligaments, tendons, muscles—can become contracted, fibrous, or tender when irritated. During or after joint manipulation, or any other form of manual therapy, these tissues may occasionally feel tender. This tenderness usually passes quickly.
During joint manipulation you can often hear "cracking" or "popping" sounds. These sounds are generated when gases are released from your joint fluid during rapid distraction of the joint surfaces. The effect is similar to the bubbling and "hissing" you hear when you open a pop bottle or can and in no way harms your joints. For more information on manipulative therapies, see the article Joint manipulative therapies.
Time for recovery and return to full function depends on many factors such as your particular condition and its severity and your level of involvement in the healing process.
It is important to keep in mind that pain is usually the last symptom to appear and the first to go away. While your symptoms may decrease dramatically within your first few chiropractic treatments, the underlying cause of the pain is not usually fully resolved. Therefore, it is important to follow your personally tailored treatment plan.
No. Once your agreed upon treatment plan is complete and you have reached maximum therapeutic benefit (MTB), you will be discharged from care. At this point you may elect to see Dr. Weatherall periodically for additional care as required and desired.
OHIP does not cover the cost of chiropractic treatment; however, private insurance plans often provide substantial assistance. Contact your insurance provider for more information. Generally, you pay Dr. Weatherall directly and then you seek reimbursement from your insurance company.
The following circumstances usually allow for treatment with no out-of-pocket costs:
You don't need a referral to see Dr. Weatherall. While most patients initiate contact directly, some are referred by other health care providers.
As Dr. Weatherall's patient, you are required to take responsibility for your own health. The first and most important step to recovery is seeking help, the next big step is to follow the home care guidance recommended by Dr. Weatherall. Depending on your condition, he will be assign you specific stretches, strengthening exercises, dietary changes, and lifestyle changes. These activities are designed to reduce your dependence on passive therapy and improve your quality of life.