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Frequently asked questions

Getting started with sports chiropractic treatment

When should I see a sports chiropractor?
You should seek sports chiropractic treatment as soon as pain, discomfort, or stiffness begins to disrupt your life or your athletics. When pain first appears, many people feel that they can manage their pain or ignore it. However, waiting to seek a professional opinion can sometimes make the problem worse.

Seeking care when back, shoulder, leg or other bodily pain first arises usually makes sports chiropractic treatment less time-intensive and enables continued participation in sports while treating the condition. The highly ethical physicians at Premier Sports & Spine will get to the root cause of the issue and release you from care with the tools to prevent the pain from returning.
What is a sports chiropractic visit like?
At Premier Sports & Spine, each patient receives a custom sports chiropractic treatment plan. Our highly trained sports chiropractors first conduct a thorough history and examination to identify the root cause of every patient’s pain and injury.

Once identified, Premier will create a multipoint treatment plan, which incorporates a variety of evidence-based therapies to treat your injury. Most treatment plans consist of 30-45 minutes of manual therapy, much of which will be soft tissue therapy for the muscles, tendons, and ligaments involved in your injury. Your treatment may also include chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, dry needling or any of the other many sports chiropractic treatments we offer.

At Premier, your experienced sports chiropractic physician conducts all your care. You will never be rushed in and out of the clinic. Our unique approach gets people out of pain and back to their activity faster and more permanently. Twin Cities physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and even other chiropractors to refer their patients to Premier.

Does going to a sports chiropractor hurt?
Chiropractic manipulation is usually not painful but can occasionally result in some minor discomfort. Some soft tissue therapies can be mildly painful, similar to a deep tissue massage.

If a treatment may be painful, the experienced physicians at Premier Sports & Spine will inform you ahead of time and work within your pain tolerance. During therapy, your doctor will ask you about pressure and how the treatment is feeling. Patients are encouraged to let their doctor know if they would like them to use less pressure or if they are uncomfortable.

At Premier, the patient is always in charge of their treatment, not everyone is adjusted and the doctors are able to use different methods to achieve the same goals if patients are too uncomfortable with a particular procedure. 

How often should I see a chiropractor?
Frequency of chiropractic care varies depending on the patient’s condition and individual treatment goals.

At the time of your first visit at Premier Sports & Spine, your chiropractic sports physician will perform a thorough exam to determine the cause of your pain. At this point they will discuss a treatment plan with you. At Premier you will never be pressured into a long-term treatment plan, and the length of your treatment plan will be determined by the diagnosis and pathophysiology of the condition.

As your symptoms begin to subside, your treatment frequency will decrease and you will be given a more in-depth home program to help prevent the symptoms from returning. Once your symptoms are no longer present you will be released from care.

Occasionally, patients choose to visit the clinic for maintenance care if they have a more chronic or permanent condition. This is entirely up to the patient, and you will not be pressured to visit more often than you feel comfortable with.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a technique that increases the range of motion in a joint and decreases pain. The chiropractors at Premier Sports & Spine use different kinds of adjustments when appropriate. Not all patients are adjusted at Premier.

Our sports chiropractic physicians have multiple different techniques that can be used to achieve the same goal to improve range of motion and decrease pain. Patients are always asked permission before undergoing a chiropractic adjustment. 

What is joint manipulation?
“Joint manipulation” is another term for a chiropractic adjustment. At Premier Sports & Spine our sports chiropractors use joint manipulation and joint mobilization techniques ranging in intensity from the traditional chiropractic adjustment to gentle joint mobilizations more commonly used by physical therapists.

Your visit to Premier Sports & Spine

Are you accepting new patients?
Yes! Contact us, and we will match you with a sports chiropractic physician based on availability or your referral.
Does Premier Sports & Spine Center take insurance?
Premier proudly accepts all of the major insurances in Minnesota and surrounding states, including, but not limited to: Medica, HealthPartners, Cigna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Aetna, Preferred One, United Healthcare, Workerʼs Compensation, and personal injury insurance.

During your first visit, Premier will check your benefits and describe your coverage. Our team will also explain any out-of-pocket expenses. Premier will handle the insurance billing for you and make the process as easy as possible. 

Please remember that insurance coverage varies based on your health or injury insurance plan. Patients are encouraged to contact their insurance company to understand their covered and out-of-pocket expenses.

Do you take patients who are not athletes?
Premier works with all individuals who are experiencing muscle, joint or other bodily pain, whether or not they are involved in athletics. Our philosophy is that if you move your body, you are an athlete. The chiropractic and physical therapies we use are effective for patients who get most of their activity gardening or even have pain from sitting at a desk all day.
What types of injuries does Premier treat?
The sports chiropractic physicians at Premier Sports & Spine treat many injuries, including neck, back and shoulder pain; tendinitis/tendinosis; sprain/strain; and plantar fasciitis.

Visit our conditions page for more information about the most common conditions we treat. If you have any questions about your pain, contact us for a more in-depth answer.

Why should I visit Premier Sports & Spine instead of some other chiropractor?
Highly acclaimed with an exceptional reputation throughout the Twin Cities, the Premier Sports & Spine physicians have been chosen as Best Chiropractors, Top Doctors, and Patient Satisfaction award-winners for many years running. Our doctors are among the only 200 Americans board certified by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.

Our focus on athletics means that we understand sports injuries and rehabilitation more holistically and comprehensively than most other chiropractors. We’ve worked with top athletes, including Team USA and the Minnesota Vikings. We’re also trusted advisors to high school sports teams, youth athletic clubs, and many other local organizations.

Finally, every sports chiropractic physician at Premier is highly trained. Each of us have taken post-doctoral training in sports medicine, soft tissue manual therapies, rehabilitation, and diagnostics—so no matter which doctor you see, you know you’re getting the highest quality care.

More info about our sports chiropractic specialty

What are the advantages of seeing a sports chiropractor?
Sports chiropractors undergo a unique combination of training. They have significantly more training in diagnosis and athletic rehabilitation treatment techniques than traditional chiropractors do. Sports chiropractors use manual therapies to treat the soft tissues much more often than their physical therapist counterparts.
How can I find a sports chiropractor?
When trying to find a sports chiropractor, patients should look for providers that have additional certifications such as “Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.” Patients should also look for providers who focus on physical rehabilitation and have experience working with athletes of all levels. Look for therapies such as Active Release Technique (ART), Graston, FAKTR, dry needling therapy/acupuncture, corrective exercise and cross friction massage.

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