Who We Are
About Dr. James Stegner and N.E.W. Chiropractic, PC in Palatine, IL
James R. Stegner Jr., D.C. is a board certified, licensed chiropractic doctor. He has been helping patients with health problems since 2000.
Dr. James Stegner’s Journey Into Chiropractic Care Began “by Accident”
Dr. James’ journey into compassionate chiropractic care began with a serious accident at age 14. Read the chiropractic doctor’s personal story.
This battle with pain and physical restrictions allowed Dr. James the opportunity to understand how a patient wants and needs to be treated.
Through his own physical rehab, Dr. James began to learn how the body can heal itself. As a doctor, his chiropractic care combines natural forms of therapy with the newest treatments. These include physical therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustment.
Dr. James’ Formal Health Sciences and Chiropractic Training
After high school, Dr. James studied at Bradley University. There, he earned his bachelors in health sciences. Later, he graduated with his doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) degree from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS).
During his chiropractic internship, he helped patients at NUHS Clinic and Salvation Army Clinics. His most recent achievement is receiving his continuing education certificate in attunement therapy from the Learning Love Institute.
Dr. James has specializations and/or formal training in:
- Activator Technique
- Diagnostic Imaging
- McKenzie Method
- Myofascial Release (MFR)
- Physical Therapy
- Spinal Decompression/Traction Therapy
Plus, he continues to recognize the importance of combining natural healthcare into mainstream medicine.
Dr. James’ Leadership and Interests
As an avid athlete during his youth, Dr. James enjoyed soccer, wrestling, gymnastics, and cheerleading. During his time at Bradley University, he was a Division I Varsity Scholarship athlete with the school’s cheerleading squad. In his final year, he was the assistant coach. He has also been recognized for his contributions to Harper College cheerleading, Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) staff, and several other coaching positions throughout the Midwest.
Dedicating himself to cheerleading provided Dr. Stegner with a solid foundation for understanding the value of proper form and technique in preventing injury.
Dr. James’ Professional Associations
He has a network of relationships within the chiropractic medicine and MFR communities through active participation in seminars across the United States.
Our Mission & Vision
Positively change lives through natural education of wellness (N.E.W.) and compassionate chiropractic care
Health Problems We Commonly Treat
Among other health problems, we treat:
Dr. James Stegner’s Compassionate Care Approach
Dr. James combines his personal and professional knowledge with love and compassion to help patients achieve balance and optimal wellness. To do this, he begins with a thorough initial evaluation and a three-step process:
- Pain Relief
“At N.E.W. Chiropractic, we follow The Golden Rule: to treat others the way we want to be treated. As someone who has had a traumatic injury, I believe it’s also important for us to treat ourselves to the kind of care that we would want for others. Take time to treat yourself.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What happens at the first chiropractic appointment?
At your first appointment, Dr. James will take a full medical history and conduct a comprehensive exam. This helps him to make an accurate diagnosis of your current condition and to establish the best possible plan of care. You can expect Dr. James to:
- Carefully listen to your needs, concerns, and fears
- Express empathy about the severity of your pain
- Assess your range of motion to see how well the affected areas can move
- Palpate your spine—gently pressing on the spine and other areas to check for knots, tightness, discomfort or inflammation
- Do orthopedic tests—such as bending and gently pressing to see what causes discomfort or pain
- Test for muscle strength and weakness
- Check your reflexes and address any issues of numbness or tingling
- Study your posture to see how you sit and stand
After completing the assessment, Dr. James will discuss a recommended treatment plan with you. What’s more, you will receive treatment on your first visit to N.E.W. Chiropractic. Starting your path to pain relief as soon as possible is part of our commitment to compassionate chiropractic care.
Can you help stop my pain?
James Stegner, D.C. does a careful examination and evaluation of your symptoms, and more often than not, he can help relieve your pain with chiropractic care. However, your overall health issues may be more complex.
Dr. James will determine if you are a good candidate for chiropractic care treatment. If you are, he will handle your care with consideration and attention. If he believes you would be better served by other doctors, he’ll refer you to the necessary and appropriate specialists to help guide your care.
Why would I choose a chiropractor (D.C.) instead of a medical doctor (M.D.)?
The root word “chiro” means “hands.” Chiropractors, such as James Stegner, are “hands-on” doctors. Traditional chiropractic care focuses on hands on adjustments of the spine.
Today, chiropractic doctors like Dr. James Stegner in Palatine, IL are certified in techniques such as acupuncture and a variety of physical therapy treatments as well.
Dr. James does not prescribe opioids or pain killers. Instead he focuses on naturally healing the body, by making it healthier, stronger, and more flexible. In fact, the N-E-W in N.E.W. chiropractic stands for the Natural Education of Wellness and compassionate chiropractic care.
Can I get acupuncture for whiplash treatment?
Yes, definitely. It’s often a good option for whiplash. Unfortunately, your insurance may not cover the treatment. However, N.E.W. Chiropractic has very affordable rates for acupuncture treatments.
What insurance does N.E.W. Chiropractic take?
The chiropractic doctor, Dr. James Stegner, takes multiple forms of insurance. Among these are Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO.
Many new patients have had an accident or injury. For that reason, N.E.W. Chiropractic also takes auto accident insurance, workmen’s compensation, and personal injury insurance.
Coverage may depend on your policy. If you have another type of insurance, contact the office before making an appointment to see what your out-of-pocket expenses might be.
Is it going to hurt?
If you’ve never had a chiropractic adjustment, you may feel a bit anxious about it. Dr. James will walk you through it. It can be a little surprising—but should never be painful. Afterward, you may feel amazing or be a little tender.
Do you accept auto insurance or workmen’s compensation for whiplash treatment?
Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?
Yes, absolutely. We know that many people work outside the home or need to wait for another adult to care for young children. That’s why N.E.W. Chiropractic offers both evening and weekend appointments.