Frequently Asked Questions

We at the Active Care Spine Center understand that you may have questions regarding your health. Below you will find a section of frequently asked questions. If you have a question that you would like answered; you can either call the office or type it in the box provided below. We will email your answer to you and post it on our website.

Hello, I wanted to ask if your office accepts Kaiser health insurance? Thanks.
Yes we are an in network provider for Kaiser.  Providing both chiropractic and acupuncture.
submitted by: Nenette Caceres on: 1/13/2012 12:00:00 AM

is there a cure for scolliosis?
The cause of scoliosis, which is defined as an abnormal curvature of the spine, has an unknown cause.  Scoliosis usually manifests in childhood or adolescence; its severity can progress as the patient ages and can result in severe spinal pain. Traditionally scoliosis falls in to two different categories: 1) structural and 2) functional.  Structural scoliosis is the result of actual boney changes in the spine which results in a curvature; while functional scoliosis is the result from muscle spasm and imbalance which can pull the spine in one direction.  Early intervention; including physical therapy, chiropractic, and bracing; has been recommended for those whose spines have not fully matured.  If the curvature is severe enough surgery can be recommended.  For adults who have scoliosis often complain of spinal pain.  And though there is no cure for scoliosis, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, core strengthening, and massage are excellent at managing the pain associated with scoliosis.
submitted by: cristal on: 4/3/2008 12:00:00 AM

What is all this I hear about core strength? What is core strength exactly?
The core is a collection of muscles that surrounds our lower spine.  It works to stabilize and protect our spine from injury, without muscular support from the core; the spine would collapse under minimal loads.  More often people injure their spine bending over to pick up a pencil then dead lifting 1,000 lb barbell.  The reason for this is a mometary lapse in core stability.  Core stability is lost for a split second and the spine is exposed to injury.  Often people confuse the core with the abdominal muscles.  The abdominals are only 1/3 of the core, and the least important part for that matter.  The core also includes the extensor muscles located along the back of the spine and the lateral stabilizers along the side of the spine.  At the Active Care Spine Center we address 360-degree core stability by performing a functional analysis and prescribing exercises that are tailored specifically to treat individual core weakness issues. A well trained core can reduce the frequency and severity of low back pain as well as improve general health and fitness. 
submitted by: Sean on: 2/15/2008 12:00:00 AM

What is the cause of sciatica?
Sciatica is a very common affliction.  It is defined as numbness and tingling or pain that travels down the buttock into the back of the thigh.  The sensation could stop at the knee or can travel all the way to the bottom of the foot.  Sciatica may be the result of a number of different problems including disc herniation, nerve irritation, or very simply, a muscle spasm.  If an individual is experiencing sciatica it is very important that they see a health care professional who can properly diagnosis their condition and provide an appropriate treatment that will relieve their symptoms.  At the Active Care Spine Center we have a wonderful track record in treating sciatica.
submitted by: Tom on: 1/2/2008 12:00:00 AM

Is it true that once you see a chiropractor you have to come forever?
Absolutely not!  Active Care Spine Center is very different than typical chiropractic offices.  Through effective diagnosis, and a tailored home exercise routine, patients usually get better in half the time it takes at other offices. 
submitted by: on: 9/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

What can I expect on my first visit to the office?
First visits usually take one hour.  The visit begins with a thorough history, in which the doctor will ask you questions about your current condition as well as other medical issues you may have.  Next, the doctor will perform a complete physical and functional examination.   After that, the doctor will give you his diagnosis and discuss with you your treatment options which may include an adjustment, ergonomic advice, exercises, physical therapeutics, or if necessary, a referral to the appropriate health care professional.  You will receive a treatment on your first visit.
submitted by: on: 9/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

I’ve seen chiropractors before, how is ACSC different?
At the Active Care Spine Center we set ourselves apart from other health care providers.  In addition to reducing your current pain, we seek to eliminate future injury and discomfort.  Through a functional approach, we treat the root of the problem and emphasize self-sufficiency through specific exercises and activity modifications geared at resolving the cause of your pain. 
submitted by: on: 9/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

My MRI says I have a disk herniation, is it safe to be treated at ACSC?
Yes, at the Active Care Spine Center we focus on techniques that are spine sparing and spine stabilizing.  These techniques are safe and minimize load to the spine protecting the disks and promoting spinal health.  Whether you have a disc herniation, arthritis, osteoporosis, or any other existing condition you will get excellent care from our knowledgeable and caring staff.
submitted by: on: 9/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

I’m afraid to be adjusted.  Is it necessary?
Of course not, though the chiropractic adjustment is extremely useful and incredibly safe in reducing pain and correcting biomechanical dysfunction, it is just one of many tools available at the Active Care Spine Center.  Though beneficial, anyone not wanting to be adjusted can certainly be helped with effective alternative options.
submitted by: on: 9/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

Do I need a prescription from my doctor to see you?
Though we work closely with your physician you do not need a prescription to be treated at the Active Care Spine Center.
submitted by: on: 9/3/2007 12:00:00 AM

Do you take my insurance?
We take all major insurances including Medicare.  If you do not have insurance we have very reasonable cash rates.
submitted by: on: 6/7/2007 12:00:00 AM

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