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Dr. Carbonell at Carbonell Chiropractic Health Center of Red Bluff, CA is highly qualified and experienced. He has been helping individuals to heal since 1995. Please read the frequently asked questions about chiropractic care below, and contact us for more information.

Dr. Carbonell is actively involved with the community. He volunteers for Kiwanis and the Police Activity League to help as much as he can.

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) provide treatments for patients of all ages using highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They do this for a variety of health conditions like back pain, neck pain, and headaches.


You can also approach Dr. Carbonell for treating a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system that involves the muscles, ligaments, and joints. These injuries or disorders often affect the nervous system and can sometimes cause pain and dysfunction in a part of your body that’s not injured.


Since your body structure directly affects your overall function, you can turn to chiropractic care for general health issues as well. Dr. Carbonell will also counsel you on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational as well as lifestyle modification.


How do I select a Doctor of Chiropractic?

The best way to find a DC near you is by using Find a Doctor. You can also ask your friends, family members, colleagues, or another healthcare provider for a referral.


Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is widely accepted as one of the safest, drug-free, and non-invasive treatments available for neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. But it can sometimes have adverse effects.


However, the risks are very minimal. Usually, you’ll feel immediate relief after the chiropractic treatment, but depending on your condition, you may experience mild soreness, stiffness, or aching. There is research that shows that the minor discomfort or soreness you’ll feel after spinal manipulation typically diminishes within 24 hours.


Dr. Carbonell also uses cervical manipulation to treat neck pain and certain types of headaches. Also called a neck adjustment, cervical manipulation improves the joint mobility of the neck by restoring the range of motion and reducing muscle spasm. This eases the pressure and tension on your neck. Neck manipulation, when Dr Carbonell performs it, is an extremely safe procedure.


There are some concerns, fuelled by some reports, of high-velocity upper neck manipulation resulting in a rare type of stroke or vertebral artery dissection. But evidence suggests that this type of injury happens unexpectedly for people who already have a pre-existing arterial disease.


For such people, the dissection can sometimes occur during everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon. They usually experience neck pain or headaches and seek treatment with chiropractors.


Studies indicate that artery injuries due to high-velocity upper neck manipulation are extremely rare, of about one to three cases in 100,000 patients who get treated with chiropractic care.


When you visit your doctor or our chiropractors for upper-neck pain or a headache, you’ll need to be very specific about your symptoms. These details will help your doctor to give you the safest and the most effective treatment, even if it means Dr. Carbonell has to refer you to another healthcare provider.


If you’re trying to weigh the risks and the efficacy of any healthcare procedure, you need to compare it to other forms of treatment available for the same condition. In this aspect, the risk of serious complications for spinal manipulation for neck pain, headache, and other similar conditions are much lower than even the most conservative healthcare option.


For example, the risks of taking over-the-counter medication, prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), or prescription painkillers are much higher than those of chiropractic manipulation.


According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people taking NSAIDS are three times more likely to develop serious adverse gastrointestinal problems such as hemorrhage (bleeding) and perforation than people who don’t. This number climbs to more than five times among people who are 60 years and older.


To top it off, prescriptions for strong drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone have tripled in the past 12 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that the abuse of these commonly prescribed painkillers is among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Opioid overdose kills nearly 15,000 people every year. That’s more than the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined.


Getting chiropractic care from Dr. Carbonell is safe. He is a well-trained professional who’ll give you effective treatment for a variety of common conditions. He also has an extensive education that helps him identify if you have special risk factors or not. If you do, he will put your safety and care first, even if it means referring you to another medical specialist.


Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

Usually, you’ll not need a referral to see Dr. Carbonell. However, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You can either contact your employer’s human resources department or the insurance provider directly to find out.


Most health plans make the provision for you to schedule an appointment directly with a DC.


Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care too. They are very active physically due to their daily activities as well as participation in sports.


Rough-and-tumble activities can result in back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness, or discomfort in them. Chiropractic care is always adapted to needs of the individual patient. It is a specialized treatment, and for children, it is very gentle.


Are chiropractors allowed to practice in hospitals or use outpatient medical facilities?

Hospital privileges were given to chiropractors in 1983. They are now being recognized to admit and treat patients in hospitals, and to use outpatient clinical facilities (such as labs, x-rays, etc.) for their non-hospitalized patients.


Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others.


Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at 36 major veterans’ medical facilities.


What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

The education that chiropractors receive equips them to be primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine, and extremities), and the nerves that supply them. The educational requirements to become a chiropractor are among the most stringent of any healthcare professions.


An applicant for a chiropractic college needs to have already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology, and related lab work. Once the acceptance to an accredited chiropractic college is complete, the requirements become even more demanding. Four to five academic years of professional study are the standard.


Chiropractors are also educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, and clinical diagnosis, including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation, and more. Since chiropractic care involves skilled manipulation and adjustment techniques, the students spend a substantial amount of time in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.


To sum it up, a chiropractic college curriculum involves a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education.

The chiropractor usually uses his or her hands, or an instrument, to manipulate the joints of your body, particularly the spine, to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps in subsiding joint inflammation and reduces your pain.


Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. Dr. Carbonell will adapt the procedure to meet your specific needs. Positive changes in the symptoms are usually noted immediately after the treatment.


Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?

Since chiropractic treatments are essentially hands-on, you’ll have to visit us a few times. Depending on your needs, Dr. Carbonell may provide acute, chronic, and preventive care, which leads to a certain number of visits to our center. He will tell you the extent and duration of the recommended treatment.


Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Sometimes, gas bubbles form between joints. This bubble is released when he adjusts your joints. The same thing happens 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 a minimal discomfort involved.

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