A New Approach
Do you have an idea of what chiropractic is all about? Do you think it requires weekly visits for the rest of your life? Does the doctor just pay attention to your spine? Just as there are many types of dentists, Dr. Pedersen and his team will introduce you to a new approach in chiropractic.
Chiropractic health care was discovered in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. As with conventional orthodox medicine, chiropractic educational standards have continued to improve throughout the 20th century. Today, most chiropractors have completed a four-year pre-medical degree before entering chiropractic college. Once in chiropractic college, they complete a rigorous four-year program of study to become a primary health care provider. This education includes bioscience classes such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, and nutrition, as well as clinical sciences including physical diagnosis, neurology, lab, and x-ray analysis. The last year-and-a-half of chiropractic college also includes a clinical internship.
In chiropractic school we are taught to address all aspects of health, not just the spine. Some chiropractors focus solely on the spine in their practices. While this works for some patients, Dr. Pedersen and his team strive to be their patients' complete health resource. This means that they pay careful attention to all aspects of your health, including your health history, all the muscles and bones of your body (not just your spine), your diet, and environmental conditions, as well as specific lab and imaging studies as needed. Chiropractors receive extensive training and are often times the most qualified doctors to provide care to muscle and joint problems throughout the body. If you sprain your ankle, your chiropractor should be the first place you go. The same goes for a recurrent shoulder problem or that knee that keeps "going out."
We all want quantity and quality in our life. We want to live as long as possible and we also want our quality of life to be maintained throughout the years. Your options to achieve these goals are numerous. From surgeons and prescription drugs to spiritual healers and water fasts, the array of choices for the healthcare consumer can be overwhelming. In today's information age it is hard to keep up to date on all your health concerns.
What people need is a health coach. A doctor that will take the time and have the knowledge to direct you to the best option for your health. A doctor that will inform you about the risks and rewards of your treatment options and allow you to decide. Dr. Pedersen and his team are trained and have geared their practice around being those people for their patients. A routine office visit includes about twenty minutes of face-to-face time with the doctor. An initial exam with Dr. Pedersen takes from 45 minutes to an hour as they search out the cause, not just the symptoms, of your condition. Dr. Pedersen and his team are happy to refer their patients to the appropriate specialists when needed. Whether that is an MD or a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Pedersen and his team will make sure that if they cannot help you directly they will find you a doctor who can. Dr. Pedersen and his team will be your advocates, your mentors, and your coaches.