We design a customized treatment plan for each individual.
Your Chiropractic Care Assessment
Dr. James will begin your chiropractic care visit by compassionately listening to your concerns, needs, and fears. He has experienced significant pain, numbness, and tingling in his life after a trampoline accident in high school. This experience has made him an extremely caring doctor.
Besides listening to you, he will also assess your:
- Range of motion in affected areas
- Spine and back for tightness, discomfort, or inflammation
- Bones and joints
- Muscle strength and weakness
- Reflexes and other nerve tests
Your Chiropractic Care Plan
After completing your assessment, Dr. James will discuss a recommended treatment plan with you, and you will almost always receive treatment on your first visit.
At N.E.W. Chiropractic, PC in Palatine, IL, Dr. James offers a variety of ancient and modern treatments to restore alignment, increase range of motion, and relieve pain.
Chiropractic Care: Adjustments
Traditional chiropractic care is a pain, recovery, and wellness treatment based on the interactions of the spine and nerves. One established method of treatment that Dr. James uses is called a chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic adjustments are often appropriate for people with:
Adjustments are procedures in which licensed and trained doctors (chiropractors) apply a controlled, sudden force to specific segments of the spinal column. Depending on your diagnosis, symptoms, and preferences, Dr. James may choose to make an adjustment with his hands. This is called a manual adjustment. Other times, he will use a small instrument called an activator.
After Chiropractic Care Adjustments
Many people feel wonderful after a chiropractic adjustment. They may be able to move better as blood flow is restored and muscles relax. Others may be a little tender after an adjustment, but it is not painful. In fact, chiropractic adjustments are known to relieve pain, better align your spine, and increase range of motion. They also can increase blood flow to the area, bringing more nutrients and oxygen.
After Your Chiropractic Adjustment
Follow Dr. James’ instructions on what to do after your chiropractic adjustment. He will likely advise you to do the following:
- Drink water.
- Use ice or heat as directed.
- Avoid poor posture or sitting for long periods of time.
- Follow his advice regarding your level and types of work and activities.
- Do physical therapy exercises/stretches he may recommend at home.
- Get adequate sleep.
If you have any questions, be sure to ask Dr. James.
Mon, Wed, Fri —4:00pm – 9:00pm
Tue, Thu — by Appointment
Saturday — 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday — Closed
Text Dr. James:
“When one area of the spine is in ‘Dis-Ease,’ other areas compensate for its lack of function. That’s why it’s important for us to treat the full spine.”
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.
Is Dr. James Stegner licensed?
Yes, Dr. James is trained and licensed as a chiropractor in the state of Illinois. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Bradley University and received his doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) degree from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). He is certified in acupuncture and physical therapy.
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.
Why is there a clicking or popping sound during a chiropractic adjustment?
The clicking or popping sound you hear during an adjustment is the release of gasses in synovial (joint) fluid, which reduces joint pressure. The sound may provide a psychological benefit that improves the outcome of the adjustment. However, Dr. James points out that the purpose of the adjustment is not to make an audible noise; the purpose is to increase range of motion and decrease pain.
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.