Frequently Asked Questions

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Do Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt?

Chiropractic adjustments should not be painful. You may, however, feel pressure or mild discomfort during or immediately after the adjustment. Some people have reported headache, fatigue or pain in the parts of the body that were treated.

Do Chiropractors Treat Children?

Yes! The chiropractor at Potomac Valley Chiropractic can safely treat children of all ages. Teens often suffer from sports related injuries that may be helped with chiropractic care. Follow the link to read more: about children and chiropractic care.

Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Services?

Yes, most insurance plans do cover chiropractic services. Some insurance plans even waive the deductible for chiropractic treatment. Almost all plans have a co-payment required at the time of service. Co-pays and even deductibles can be paid with most Flexible Spending Accounts (F.S.A) or Heath Savings Accounts (H.S.A.).

Each insurance plan is different. Some plans have a specific number of visits allowed, others have a maximum dollar amount allowed, some have neither.

Potomac Valley Chiropractic will be happy to verify your benefits before your first visit when you provide us with the needed information. Our office often can verify your insurance benefits during your first visit as well.

Does Chiropractic Treatment Require a Referral?

If your health plan is a traditional HMO, a referral is usually required from your primary care physician (PCP). If your insurance plan is an “Open Access”, POS or PPO plan, a referral is not normally required.

How is a Chiropractic Adjustment Performed?

The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain.

How Many Adjustments Will I Need?

Everyone is different. Dr. Theodore will discuss his plan of care for you at your first or second visit. The number of adjustments needed can vary based on your overall health, history of problem, medical history, occupation and many other factors. In addition to the chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Theodore may recommend adjunct therapies, such as physical therapy, heat or ice, massage, etc. to help your problem.

Dr. Theodore will leave ample time to thoroughly discuss your care and answer any questions. He then re-evaluates your care as you go.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. While neck and low back pain and strain from pregnancy are common, chiropractors use techniques to remove unneeded pressure on the abdomen. Dr. Theodore uses conservative care for women suffering from these issues during pregnancy.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint.

What Should I Expect at My First Appointment?

At your initial visit, Dr. Theodore will ask questions about your health history and complete an examination. This examination may include; range of motion testing, neurological testing, an orthopedic exam and x-rays if needed and deemed safe. These tests are needed so the doctor can accurately diagnose your problem and then recommend treatment. We allow special times in our schedule for new patients that permit the doctor to have additional time to thoroughly perform the tests and speak to the patient about his/her concerns.

What Training Do Chiropractors Have?

In the state of Maryland, a person must receive a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college before entering a chiropractic college. Then a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree must be earned from a CCE approved college (an additional four years). Then a chiropractor must pass four out of four parts of NBCE (National Board of Chiropractors Examination) and the NBCE Physiotherapy Exam. Chiropractors then must pass the Maryland Jurisprudence exam. Only then can they apply for a Maryland license from the Maryland Chiropractic Board. The Chiropractic Board is part of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Every two years, chiropractors must renew their license by completing 48 hours of continuing education classes and maintaining CPR certification. The Maryland Board of Chiropractors performs criminal background checks on its applicants and oversees the conduct of chiropractors.

Will My Flexible Spending Account Cover Chiropractic Care?

Generally speaking, yes! Potomac Valley Chiropractic is a recognized medical facility and deductibles and co-pays are an allowable expense for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Health Saving Accounts (HSA) or HealthFunds paid by your employer. We encourage all our patients to call their account administrators to confirm this and to obtain any information necessary to process payments.


9:00am - 12:30pm
3:30pm - 6:30pm

3:30pm - 6:30pm

9:00am - 12:30pm
3:30pm - 6:30pm


9:00am - 12:00pm
3:30pm - 6:30pm


*New patient appointment times may vary

Potomac Valley Chiropractic
12105 Darnestown Road #8
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 869-0006