Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. They are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches using their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. DCs also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions may involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. In addition, chiropractors offer advice to patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

Does taking supplements replace the need for a varied and balanced diet?

As the name suggests, food supplements are only intended to ‘supplement’ people’s diets and not replace healthy foods.  Indeed, the regulation of food supplements makes clear that food supplements are not intended to replace a varied and balanced diet and food supplements packaging is required to carry a statement to this effect.

Is it possible to take too much of a certain vitamin or mineral?

Provided that supplements are taken in the amounts recommended on the pack by the manufacturer or retailer, and the Safe Upper Levels (SUL) are not exceeded by combining too many different supplements, then it is highly unlikely that supplements will cause any harm.

‍Am I doomed by genetics to battle my weight?

While your genes may make you more susceptible to weight gain, you can overcome your genetic vulnerabilities by eating right and exercising regularly. You can still enjoy the food and lifestyle of San Antonio without worrying about gaining weight.

Does chiropractic work?

In short, yes. Chiropractic care for pain can be a non-invasive treatment option. There have been numerous studies that indicate that chiropractic care is a great way to approach many different pain conditions.

Neck pain and back pain are the two pain conditions best served by chiropractic care, especially when combined with other treatments.

One study found rapid improvement of neck pain over physical therapy, medications, and surgery alone. This study is notable for its size and the scientific validity of its approach. Another study looked at successful treatments over a year and found that chiropractic care worked better than physiotherapy and general practitioner care.

For lower back pain, the most common pain condition addressed with chiropractic care, there are many different studies that indicate that it works. One study that focused on military veterans found that chiropractic care decreased pain and improved function better than traditional treatments of lower back pain alone.

Another study found that those patients who used chiropractic care for pain had a 90% reduction in pain over four weeks, much higher than traditional medical care (56%).

Are there chiropractic adjustment side effects?

Traditional, more interventional, treatments like surgery can have serious side effects that are long-term. With chiropractic care, the side effects, if any, may be a bit of soreness that is usually gone within a day. Typically, side effects may include minor soreness at the area of treatment. Mayo Clinic also reports that some patients may experience headache or fatigue following the procedure.

Conservative care as a whole–a theory that is at the foundation of chiropractic care–strives to offer treatments such as chiropractic care and other exercises or treatments that have few or no side effects for patients. Then the healthcare team can gauge their effectiveness to manage the pain condition. If little progress is seen, then and only then will a doctor who practices conservative care begin to tap into more traditional treatments.

What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractors believe the body's musculoskeletal structure must be aligned correctly to prevent health issues. Chiropractic care draws upon this belief, which is why chiropractors often focus on the condition of your spine. Each patient receives care tailored toward their unique symptoms. When you visit a chiropractor, services may include manual manipulation, spinal decompression, laser therapy, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, or cryotherapy. Chiropractic treatments are non-surgical and non-invasive.

Is Chiropractic Care a New Concept?

Many patients are cautious about new treatments, and understandably so. However, chiropractic care has been around for more than a century. Daniel David Palmer launched the profession in 1895 after allegedly restoring the hearing of a deaf janitor. Palmer performed a spinal manipulation on the janitor, helping him eliminate his hearing loss.

Standards for chiropractors were somewhat lax in the 1960s, which inspired some criticism regarding the profession. Requirements are much more stringent now, and chiropractors are licensed doctors with extensive training.

Can You Receive Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?

Chiropractic care is generally safe during pregnancy, but it's a good idea to double check with your OB/GYN before scheduling an appointment. Many patients find that chiropractic treatments help alleviate the aches commonly associated with pregnancy.

What’s the best way to keep the weight off once I lose it?

Continue eating a sensible diet and exercising regularly. Chiropractic care by Dr. Ashley Prince's Prince Health and Wellness can help too, as our professionals provide the nutritional and exercise guidance you need to prevent weight from coming back.

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a chiropractor.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Doctors of chiropractic care educated as primary-contact healthcare 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. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the healthcare professions. The typical applicant for chiropractic college has 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.

Can My Body Become Addicted to Chiropractic Adjustments?

Many people fear that spinal manipulation is a habit-forming treatment. However, evidence does not indicate that our bodies become addicted to spinal manipulation. If you discontinue chiropractic care, your spine may return to its original state. This is not the result of treatment dependency, though. Your spine typically becomes misaligned again if you do not change your lifestyle after you discontinue chiropractic care.

What symptoms can chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors treat a wide range of symptoms that impact your physical and emotional well-being. Our team helps patients effectively manage the following symptoms:
• Pain
• Cramping
• Tingling
• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Headache
• Shortness of breath
• Inflammation
• Limited range of mobility
• Exhaustion

What conditions can benefit from chiropractic care?

Patients visit us for a variety of conditions, ranging from minor ailments to severe conditions that haven’t benefited from conventional medicine. Here are some conditions that we treat at Prince Health and Wellness:
• Neck, back, shoulder, leg, and foot pain
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Tendonitis
• Tennis elbow
• Headaches and Migraines
• Sciatica
• Asthma
• Neuralgia
• Herniated discs
• Fibromyalgia

What should you do if the loss of taste and smell lingers on? Is help available?

In most cases, smell dysfunction recovers quickly. However, it can take months. In a minority of cases, recovery can be incomplete with lasting impairment. While no proven treatment is available, olfactory training is recommended. Topical corticosteroid sprays also are often used in short-term treatment, but they are unlikely to help outside of the acute illness period. Clearly, the best treatment is prevention, such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

Does the loss of taste and smell mean you had a mild, moderate or severe case of COVID-19?

The severity of symptoms is not predicted by the loss of smell. However, it is common for anosmia to be the first and only symptom.

How can a virus cause smell and taste loss?

One possibility is that people with upper respiratory infections often have congestion, drainage and other nasal symptoms that can block odor’s ability to reach the smell nerve, which sits at the top of the nasal cavity. But, we believe the primary cause, particularly for people with extended or permanent loss of smell function, is that the virus causes an inflammatory reaction inside the nose that can lead to a loss of the olfactory, or smell, neurons.

In some cases, this is permanent, but in other cases, the neurons can regenerate. That’s likely what determines which patients recover. In COVID-19, we believe smell loss is so prevalent because the receptors for COVID-19 that are expressed in human tissue are most commonly expressed in the nasal cavity and in the supporting cells of the olfactory tissue. These supporting cells surround the smell neurons and allow them to survive.

Should people with smell and taste loss in the absence of other symptoms be concerned about COVID-19?

While smell and taste loss can be caused by other conditions, it warrants a conversation with your physician to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19. We know smell loss is one of the first — and sometimes only — symptoms in up to 25% of people diagnosed with COVID-19. It could be unrelated, but it’s important to seek care, especially if these symptoms are prolonged.

What is known about the COVID-19 cases where these symptoms occur?

A recent study based on retrospective data showed that patients who had normal smell function in COVID-19 appeared to have a worse disease course and were more likely to be hospitalized and placed on a ventilator. This suggests patients who experience smell dysfunction may have a milder infection or disease. The data we have so far also suggest that in a substantial percentage of the COVID-19-infected population, smell loss can be one of the first — or only — signs of disease. It may precede symptoms that are more commonly associated with COVID-19, such as cough and fever. It has even been proposed that smell and taste loss could be a screening tool since these symptoms appear so early.

Are there non-medication therapies for headaches?

There are many aspects to treating headaches, and while medications can be very useful, they are just one aspect of headache care. Lifestyle changes such as a regular sleep schedule, regular mealtimes, and exercise are significant as is the recognition of triggers and other medical issues such as sleep apnea, jaw clenching, etc. There is a variety of "non-traditional" therapies that are used in headache treatment, including biofeedback, yoga, and acupuncture. In addition, there are non-medicine, and traditional modalities such as physical therapy and nutritional analysis and counseling. Developing a treatment plan is a very individualized process and requires close, ongoing collaboration between the patient and healthcare providers.

What's the difference between preventative and acute migraine or headache therapy?

Preventative migraine therapy is taken regularly to help reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of headaches. Acute therapy is taken to relieve symptoms after a migraine or headache starts.

What Causes a Loss of Taste?

Recently, if you've heard about people losing their sense of taste, it's most likely related to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed loss of taste and smell as a symptom of COVID-19. If you're experiencing a sudden loss of taste alongside other COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

That said, many other factors can cause a loss of taste, like cigarette smoking and increased age. Did you know that most people have about 10,000 taste buds? According to MedlinePlus, this number decreases as you age, and each taste bud that remains also begins to shrink. Sensitivity to the five tastes (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami) typically declines after age 60. You might also experience dry mouth because your mouth produces less saliva as you age. A dry mouth can also affect your sense of taste.

Most people develop taste disorders after illness or injury, although some people are born with them.

Can Treatments or Medications Affect Taste or Smell?

Certain medical treatments and medications can affect your ability to taste and smell. These include:
● Cancer treatment, particularly radiation to the head or neck
● Surgeries to the ears, nose, or throat
● Antibiotics
● Antihistamines

Treating Loss of Taste and Smell

If you lose your sense of taste or smell, you should talk to a healthcare professional. They will work to identify the cause of your loss. That will determine what treatment is used.

If your loss is due to a medical issue, addressing that can help return your sense of smell. This might mean changing medications, getting treatment for congestion, or starting an allergy medication.

In other cases, like with COVID-19 or a concussion, you’ll have to wait for your senses of taste and smell to return. Some people experience a spontaneous return of their sense of taste and smell but, in rare cases, the conditions can be permanent.

You can also adopt lifestyle changes to enhance sensations of taste and smell. Cooking with aromatic ingredients, using bold colors, or adding spices can increase your satisfaction with meals. Counseling can also help with the emotional side of losing your sense of taste and smell.

How to get your smell back after COVID?

In most cases, your sense of smell should return to normal within a few weeks after you recover from COVID-19. However, some people may experience a loss of smell (anosmia) that persists for months or longer. If your sense of smell does not improve within a few weeks, consult a loss of smell COVID doctor at Prince Health and Wellness to discuss your options for treatment.

How can smell training help COVID patients with anosmia?

Loss of smell and taste symptoms can be improved by smell training, which is a type of therapy that involves repeatedly exposing yourself to certain smells. It's important to consult a loss of taste and smell COVID doctor before starting smell training, as they can help you choose the right smells to use and provide guidance on how to properly carry out the therapy.

What is long COVID?

Long COVID is a term used to describe the subset of people who continue to experience symptoms for weeks or even months after recovering from the initial infection. While the majority of people who contract COVID-19 will recover within a few weeks, some may experience fatigue, brain fog, and other lingering symptoms like loss of smell and taste that can last for months.

Why do chiropractors order X-rays and other imaging tests?

Imaging tests help chiropractors locate the root cause of your pain, rule out other causes of your symptoms, and develop a treatment plan to address your specific condition. Imaging tests play a crucial role in guiding your chiropractic care and ensuring your safety - without them, your chiropractor would be working blind. Contact Prince Health and Wellness, the leading chiropractor specialist in The Woodlands, TX for an in-depth consultation.

How can chiropractic care help with COVID loss of taste and smell?

The atlas, the first cervical vertebrae, houses the brainstem - which is responsible for various involuntary functions like breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. When the atlas is out of alignment, it can put pressure on the brainstem and cause a variety of issues - including loss of taste and smell. Our expert chiropractor at Prince Health and Wellness can gently realign the atlas and relieve pressure on the brainstem, which may help improve your sense of smell and taste.

I lost my sense of smell and taste after covid. How long will I be able to get them back?

It is common for people to lose their sense of smell and taste after recovering from a viral infection, such as COVID-19. While these senses usually return within a few weeks, some people may experience a permanent loss of these functions. In rare cases, people may also develop a condition called anosmia, which is the inability to smell. If you have lost your sense of smell or taste, it is important to see your doctor to rule out any other potential causes. There are treatments available that can help improve your sense of smell and taste.

How to get my sense of taste back after covid?

In most cases, your sense of taste will eventually get better on its own. But, there are other things you can do to speed up the process, such as drinking plenty of fluids, eating foods with strong flavors, brushing your teeth and tongue regularly, and gargling with warm salt water. You may also consult a specialist to hasten your post-covid recovery.

Will my loss of sense of smell come back even after treatment?

It is possible that your sense of smell may return after treatment. Some experts believe that patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may still have a loss of smell and taste even after treatment. But this is not always the case. If your sense of smell does not return, there are ways to help you cope with this change. While the loss of these senses may not be permanent, it is unclear how long they may last. The good news is that a loss of taste and smell covid doctor can help speed up your recovery.

How will I know if I've found good chiropractors in the Woodlands?

There are a few things to look for when trying to find good chiropractors in the Woodlands. First, you want to make sure that they are licensed and have the proper credentials. You can check with the Better Business Bureau or your local Chamber of Commerce to see if there have been any complaints filed against the chiropractor. You should also ask for referrals from family and friends. Once you have a few names, you can research each one to see if they are reputable and have good reviews. Finally, you will want to meet with the chiropractor in person to get a feel for their bedside manner and to see if they are someone you would feel comfortable working with.

What are the treatment options I have for the loss of taste and smell due to COVID?

There are a few different treatment options available for those who have lost their sense of taste and smell. One option is to use artificial flavorings and scents to try and stimulate the senses. This can be done with things like flavored toothpaste, Candies, or essential oils. Another option is to try and retrain the senses by exposing yourself to different smells and tastes over time. This can be done by eating a variety of foods with different flavors and smells, or by using a device that emits different scents. Some people may find relief from the use of medications, such as nasal corticosteroids or antihistamines too. You may also consult a COVID loss of taste doctor to hasten your recovery.