Warwick Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions

As you can imagine, we are asked questions all the time so we thought it’s time to create a FAQs page for our site to house the most common questions we get asked.

We’ve conveniently segregated them into different categories to make it easier for you to find the question you might be asking yourself. Of course, if your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to contact us 360-951-4504 anytime and we would be delighted to help you.

Condition Questions

Can back pain be helped by chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is about the best conservative treatment you can have for back pain. It’s great because there are little to no side effects as with medications, and it gets to the source of the problem and treats it.

Can you help sciatica?

Absolutely, yes. Chiropractic treatment is a great option for helping to reduce sciatica. We have many patients who are able to sit and walk without pain again, after getting help for their sciatica!

What can chiropractic do for neck pain?

As with back pain, we adjust the neck and decompress joints increasing range of motion and reducing inflammation that causes pain.

Is chiropractic care good for shoulder pain?

Yes, our chiropractic care is great for shoulder pain. Some chiropractors don’t adjust extremities, but Dr. Warwick is well versed and experienced in doing so. In fact, his wife, who fell off a horse and injured her shoulder, says her shoulder injury healed faster due to chiropractic, massage therapy, and cold laser treatments!

Does chiropractic care help headaches?

Absolutely yes it can. Especially those headaches caused by cervical issues. Many, many of our patients report that their headaches and migraines have greatly reduced or been eliminated after chiropractic care with Dr. Warwick.

Insurance & Logistical Questions

Do I need a referral to your office?

No, if you have back pain, neck pain, whiplash injury, auto accident, work injury, wrist pain, sciatica, shoulder pain or more, just come in and we will examine you and help you.

Is your chiropractic care covered by insurance?

Yes it is. You can call us to find out your exact coverage based on your insurance, call us 360-951-4504.

Are you a chiropractor near me that accepts walk ins?

Being walk in friendly is one of our mantras. We do accept appointments as well if you need to be seen at a specific time, but we are always walk in friendly. We are open 9 am – 6 pm, Monday – Thursday.

What are your hours?

You can see our hours on our site or our Google listing. We are currently open Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 6pm.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, credit cards are accepted for payment.

Are you the best chiropractor near me?

If you are in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, or anywhere in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, or Pierce County, then we certainly aim to be that best chiropractor near me. Our chiropractic and massage office aims to help our patients get out of pain and back to doing what they want quickly and effectively.

Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, Personal Injury Protection, workers’ compensation, and some Medicare plans. Call us 360-951-4504 to see what your insurance will cover.

Are you walk in friendly?

Yes, we are walk in friendly. If you need chiropractic care, simply walk in and we will take care of you. We are open Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 6 pm.

Do you accept Medicare?

Yes, we accept Medicare assignment when Medicare is your primary insurance. We are not preferred providers for some Medicare replacement plans, so please call our helpful staff at 360-951-4504 to find out if your particular Medicare plan covers.

Do you take insurance?

Yes, we are in network with many major insurance companies, although every plan is different. Please call our helpful staff at 360-951-4504 to find out your particular coverage. You can see a list of our in network insurance companies and helpful insurance information here:

Do you guys except tricare?

TriCare does NOT cover chiropractic care. TriWest DOES. For more details please contact the office at 360-951-4504 for further details.


Accident Questions

Do you accept accident cases? What about personal injury cases? Or accident injuries?

Absolutely, it’s a key service and we have helped many patients with their auto accident issues. Helping accident injury victims is one of our key services. We help with injuries like whiplash and other impact based injuries caused by car accidents including back and neck pain.

We accept PIP (Personal Injury Protection) claims, as well as Third Party (waiting for settlement) claims. We also work with top personal injury attorneys in Thurston, Pierce, and King Counties, who are also able to help you navigate the legal aspect of your auto accident case.

Chiropractic and massage are both covered by personal injury cases.

Do you accept workers comp?

Yes we see a lot of patients with workers comp. No problem! Dr. Warwick may be your attending physician on the case, and we accept Washington Dept of Labor & Industries claims, as well as self insured work comp claims. Chiropractic and massage are both covered by work comp claims.

I wasn’t the at fault party in the accident; who pays for my visits?

Washington is a no-fault state which means YOUR automobile insurance pays for your injuries initially through a PIP (Personal Injury Protection) claim, or if you do not have PIP coverage, your bill is held until final settlement is made by the at fault party’s insurance.

Do you accept Personal Injury cases?

Yes, we accept ALL personal injury cases. Don’t have an attorney, we’ll assist you with finding one. We work with the best across five counties, as well as out of state attorneys.

Treatment Questions

How many times do I need to come in for treatment?

Basically, as many times as you need to be better. We don’t offer long term treatment plans, so we aim to get you out of pain as quickly as possible. You can come in as often or not as you like. Your choice.

How long does it normally take?

After paperwork is filled out, the first visit at our chiropractic office typically takes around 30 minutes for us to examine you, discuss your issue, and complete your treatment.

Do you treat children or just adults?

We treat people of all ages, children included. Chiropractic care is for anyone, any age. Dr. Warwick has adjusted newborns as young as 20 minutes old, and spry seniors at age 97, and everything in between!

Do I have to get my neck cracked?

No, we have several methods of achieving the same result if you don’t want a manual adjustment. We can use trigger point therapy and instruments to achieve the same result.

Can pregnant women benefit from Chiropractic care?

Yes. Chiropractic is very important during pregnancy. Low back, mid and upper back pain often accompany pregnancy and drugs are to be avoided which chiropractic care does.

Once I start chiropractic treatment, do I have to go forever?

No. First we will determine if chiropractic care can help you by taking a history and performing a physical examination. If we determine that chiropractic can be of benefit, then we will suggest an estimated, finite treatment period. If chiropractic care is not indicated, we will suggest other sources of help or refer you to another doctor. Every case is different and each person’s response varies.

Does Chiropractic treatment hurt?

Chiropractic treatment rarely hurts and usually feels good. Some patients experience soreness at the beginning of care which usually quickly resolves.

Cold Laser Questions

Is cold laser covered by insurance?

Some. Cold laser is sometimes an out of pocket expense, depending on your insurance, and other times certain insurances will cover it. We do accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards, including Care Credit, for out of pocket expenses and work with our patients to make it as affordable as possible.

Can cold laser help with my back pain?

Yes, we have successfully used cold laser therapy for many conditions including back pain.

How many cold laser appointments will I need for my condition?

The number of cold laser therapy appointments will be determined at the initial exam visit.

General Chiropractic Questions

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. Just like when you crack your knuckles.

What is the purpose of an adjustment?

The adjustment helps to restore joint motion which reduces/inhibits pain, reduces/inhibits muscle spasm/tightness, reduces/inhibits joint inflammation and improves muscle balance.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

An adjustment is the primary method of treatment utilized by doctors of chiropractic. Chiropractic adjustments are performed on spinal and extremity joints that have been diagnosed as being hypomobile/fixated/dysfunctional. There are various adjustment techniques, but typically adjustments are applied by hand with a low force, controlled velocity contact on a specific joint or spinal segment.

What causes spinal or extremity joint fixation/dysfunction?

Loss of spinal or extremity joint mobility(joint dysfunction/fixation) can occur due to: 1. Macrotrauma such as a sport injury, work related injury or auto accident. 2. Microtrauma due to repetitive use, postural stress or poor ergonomics (work environment). An example of this would be carpal tunnel syndrome. 3. Emotional stress or mental abuse. 4. Chemical stress due to poor nutrition and diet.

What is the most common cause of low back and neck pain?

The most common cause of low back or neck pain is a combination of having some areas too tight and stiff, while other areas are too weak. For example, your hips and pelvis may be too tight while your core abdominal muscles are too weak.

How much education is required to become a doctor of Chiropractic?

Four years of chiropractic university is required to get your doctorate of chiropractic degree, after completing a bachelor’s degree with specific science-based undergraduate requirements. The chiropractic university classes are very similar to medical school, however, the chiropractic student will spend more time on anatomy, nutrition and chiropractic technique where as the medical student will spend more time on pathology and pharmacology.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic care is safe, effective, and generally free of side effects. In fact, recent studies have shown that patients with back pain have a higher chance of more serious side effects (including gastrointestinal bleeding) when taking over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen.

What other services do you offer?

We also offer licensed massage therapy in our office. Our licensed massage therapists are experienced in treatment massage, as well as relaxation massage. See more information here: