Q&A

How do I make an appointment?
Please call Kiley Chiropractic to schedule your appointment at (231) 775-1357. Dr. Kiley also accepts walk-in patients, though scheduled appointments are preferred.

Kiley Chiropractic is located at 9116 E. 13th St., Cadillac, MI.


What can I expect on the first visit?
• When you come to the office, please bring a photo I.D. and insurance card, if you have one.
• The office staff will ask you to fill out a case-history form to document any medical conditions and areas of discomfort.
• Dr. Kiley then determines which diagnostic studies may be necessary to meet the patient’s needs (ex: diagnostic exams or X-Rays).
• After all evaluations are completed, Dr. Kiley will go over X-Rays with the patients who needed them.
• All patients will receive a chiropractic adjustment during the first visit, if your insurance allows.
Dr. Kiley may also recommend that the patient uses the office’s intersegmental traction table (a massage-like table), which is a therapy to help with comfort.


How long will I have to wait?
Please plan for your first visit to take about one hour. Follow-up visits typically take about 15 minutes.

Kiley Chiropractic is located at 9116 E. 13th St., Cadillac, MI.


What insurances does Kiley Chiropractic accept?
Dr. Kiley is a participating physician with the following major insurance types:
• Aetna
• BCN Advantage
• Blue Care Network
• Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Cigna
• Cofinity
• Priority Health
• McLaren
• Medicaid, Molina, Meridian, and Priority Medicaid
• Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Priority Medicare
• Meridian
• Molina
• More! (Please call the office to ensure that your insurance is accepted: (231) 775-1357.


Do I have to come back?
Dr. Kiley will likely recommend a custom care program for you. He may recommend that you come back in; he may recommend that you come back in as you feel is necessary.

As with any health care treatment protocol, the rehabilitation of your body’s anatomic areas depends on many factors — some of which may be your age, activity level, any significant prior traumas, etc. A patient’s response to treatments will depend on how active they are with performing the doctor’s recommendations, such as exercises, proper posture, etc


Do I have to be a patient to purchase products?
All products at Kiley Chiropractic are available to both patients and non-patients.


What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.


What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.s) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions.  Chiropractors are especially known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches, particularly with their highly skilled  manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints.  These conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury.  The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. D.C.s also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.


Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an M.D.?
A referral usually is not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic; 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 any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a chiropractor. While scheduled appointments are preferred, Kiley Chiropractic also takes walk-in appointments.


Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal pains. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record and the risks associated with chiropractic are small and rare, but please note that no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Most minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through a neck adjustment, which is also known as precise cervical manipulation. This adjustment works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation is remarkably safe.

If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.

It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain: prescription and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). These drugs may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.


Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, babies and children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Regular chiropractic treatment may also help improve the child’s immune system. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly-skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle. Dr. Kiley has treated countless children and infants in his 30+ years of practice.


Are chiropractors allowed to practice in hospitals or use medical outpatient facilities?
Chiropractors are being recognized to admit and treat patients in hospitals and to use outpatient clinical facilities (such as labs, x-rays, etc.) for their non-hospitalized patients.  Hospital privileges were first granted in 1983.


Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?
Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at 36 major veterans medical facilities. Kiley Chiropractic accepts most insurances.


What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Doctors of chiropracticare educated as primary-contact health care 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 health care 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. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.

Because chiropractic care includes highly-skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.

In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly-refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands — or a specialized 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. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly-controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.


Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Dr. Kiley will look at his patients’ individual X-Rays and discomforts and recommend each treatment course on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Kiley may also give the patient some therapies or exercises to do at home to help the patient achieve maximum comfort.


Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.


Is chiropractic care safe for pregnant women?
Chiropractic manipulation is safe for the pregnant woman and her baby. It can be especially attractive to those who are trying to avoid medications in treating their back pain. Many pregnant women have found that chiropractic adjustments provide relief from the increased low-back pain brought on by pregnancy. Doctors of chiropractic can also offer nutrition, ergonomic, and exercise advice to help a woman enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

Chiropractic care can also help after childbirth. In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy from improper lifting or reaching should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state-to prevent muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems.