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When searching for the “Best Chiropractor Near Me,” choose the chiropractors at Chiro-Med S.C.

What does a patient expect when seeing a chiropractor? 

What do patients expect when they see a chiropractor?  An article titled – Expectations of chiropractic treatment: what are the expectations of new patients consulting a chiropractor, and do chiropractors and patients have similar expectations? – published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics sought to answer this question.  A survey was conducted with 30 chiropractors and 336 patients from 17 private practices.  The results found that “chiropractors and patients expected the chiropractor to find the problem and explain it to the patients, and they also expected patients to feel better and become free of symptoms.”  Essentially, being able to diagnose and treat the problem, as well as effectively communicate with patients were important expectations.

How important is patient communication at Chiro-Med S.C.?

“As a chiropractor for the past 36 years and the owner of Chiro-Med S.C., I know good patient communication is essential for the best clinical outcomes and patient experience,” said Dr. James Ropicky.  “Every chiropractor at Chiro-Med takes a proper medical history, performs a physical examination, and uses proper diagnostics to arrive at an accurate diagnosis for the problem or condition.  This diagnosis is then used to determine only the necessary treatment.  All patients receive a written and oral report of findings, as well as an explanation of their insurance benefits or payment options.  We want every patient to be well informed and to ask questions because we strive to
develop a professional, trusting patient relationship.”

“We want every patient to be well informed and to ask questions because we want to develop a professional, trusting patient relationship.”   ~ Dr. James Ropicky

What can I expect as a new patient at Chiro-Med S.C.?

When you choose a chiropractor at Chiro-Med S.C. you will find 5-Star Quality patient care protocols are followed to ensure effective communication occurs by following six steps.

Step 1:  Provide information about condition and yourself
The chiropractor needs general information about your condition and you.  The brief patient forms are easy to complete, yet very important as the first step in the process.

Step 2:  Meet with the chiropractor & communicate
Communication between the chiropractor and the patient are absolutely essential at this step.  The chiropractor will review your patient information and learn why you are seeking chiropractic care.  Your medical, social, and family history will be discussed.  Most importantly, you will be able to ask questions throughout this evaluation process.

Step 3:  Diagnose condition
To diagnose the problem you are experiencing, the chiropractor will conduct a brief physical and orthopedic examination, followed by a series of X-rays concerning the area of complaint. The X-rays are necessary (unless the X-rays are provided to Chiro-Med prior to your appointment) to diagnose your condition.

Step 4:  Begin treatment
After the examination and diagnostic tests are completed, you will begin your chiropractic treatment based on the chiropractor’s recommendations. This treatment may include physical therapy modalities and chiropractic adjustments.

Step 5:  Engage in more communication about at-home instructions
Prior to leaving, the chiropractor will provide recommendations about at-home instructions, if needed. These instructions may include ice and/or heat applications, exercises, or avoidance of certain activities and positions.

Step 6:  Explain treatment approach for your specific condition
The chiropractor will formulate and explain your individualized treatment plan based on your specific condition. The Front Desk Staff Member will then schedule your next visit to follow up with the doctor for best results, if an additional appointment is needed.

Why should I choose a chiropractor at Chiro-Med S.C.?

Chiro-Med S.C. has been serving Waukesha County since 1991.  Our commitment is to provide patients with 5 Star Quality chiropractic care Monday through Friday.  We also welcome patients who walk in during our patient hours.  No appointment is needed during patient hours.

Our chiropractors have the highest education with post-graduate degrees, including  specialties in Rehabilitation. All of the chiropractors at Chiro-Med S.C. practice by following patient care protocols, which produce excellent clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction ratings of 99%.  The clinic is fully equipped, modern, clean and conveniently located.  Licensed staff members assist the chiropractors with all professional patient services.

How can I become a patient at Chiro-Med S.C.?

If you would like to become a patient at Chiro-Med S.C., you can select Contact Us on our website and complete the form for us to contact you, or you can call us at 262-542-4700.  We accept patients of all ages.  When you are searching for the best chiropractor near me or for the best chiropractor in Waukesha, choose Chiro-Med S.C.  We are confident you will have a great experience that focuses on patient communication, an accurate diagnosis, and an effective treatment approach that includes a chiropractic adjustment and/or physical therapy modalities.



Chiropractic Care treats Shoulder Pain

Chiropractic care aims to identify the root cause of pain and avoid masking it with medication alone. Chiropractic care works with the musculoskeletal system to help patients get out of pain and return to their daily activities. The shoulder is an integral joint of the body and must be able to function in collaboration with the whole spine. However, the shoulder can be a common site of injury, pain, and other issues for patients. Some of the most common shoulder problems include tendinitis, bursitis, strain or sprain, dislocation, rotator cuff injury, and frozen shoulder.

Many people believe that they have to adjust to living with their shoulder pain, or that surgery is the only treatment option available. Fortunately, patients have the option to seek chiropractic care for treatment of their shoulder pain. A proper examination done by an experienced, licensed chiropractor can help determine the root cause of shoulder pain to guide a non-surgical treatment plan.

Frozen Shoulder – What is it and how can chiropractic care help?

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a very painful shoulder condition that can make it difficult for patients to complete their everyday tasks. The condition is most common in people between age 40 and age 60 and is more prevalent among women. While the exact cause of frozen shoulder is unclear, it is understood that the connective tissue in the shoulder joint becomes abnormally thick and forms adhesions. Without proper treatment, frozen shoulder can prevent patients from using the effected shoulder for months and sometimes even years.

Chiropractic care can help treat frozen shoulder by reducing pain and improving the joint’s range of motion, while reducing or eliminating the need for pain medications, injections, and/or surgery. Some treatments a chiropractor may use for frozen shoulder include ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, and superficial dry needling, which have shown to be effective treatment for patients with this condition. Additionally, chiropractic adjustments to the neck and mid-back help to increase functionality, as other parts of the spine may compensate for a frozen shoulder.

Shoulder Bursitis – What is it and how can chiropractic care help?

Bursitis refers to inflammation of the bursa, which is a fluid filled sac that helps joints have a full range of motion and withstand compressive forces. Shoulder bursitis involves painful inflammation of the shoulder joint bursa, and it can take weeks or months to heal without proper treatment. Chiropractic care can be an effective way to treat shoulder bursitis and reduce its symptoms in patients.

One research study found that patients who received chiropractic care, including ultrasound therapy, reported no pain and fully returned to their normal activities by the end of treatment (2). Ultrasound therapy given before a chiropractic adjustment is highly effective in treating bursitis, because ultrasound helps reduce inflammation, pain, and adhesions. The reduction in inflammation is important to “loosen” the joint and provide a much better outcome for a chiropractic manipulation to the joint. Finally, treatment with chiropractic adjustments helps alleviate pressure and friction over the affected bursa area to prevent further inflammation and pain.

Rotator Cuff Injury – What is it and how can chiropractic care help?

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and allow movements of the arm and shoulder. According to a study published in the Journal of Orthopedics, a rotator cuff tear is the most common shoulder problem and becomes more common with increasing age (1). Unfortunately, a rotator cuff injury does not always produce symptoms that allow the patient to realize the injury. Rotator cuff tears without any symptoms are two times more common than tears that cause symptoms, which can lead to longer injury periods without any treatment. Patients who are having difficulty raising their arm over their head and/or having shoulder pain when sleeping on their side may have a rotator cuff injury that needs to be treated. Additionally, most patients with rotator cuff injuries develop trigger points and tight muscles near the front of the affected shoulder.

Patients who suspect they may have a rotator cuff injury should seek an assessment and treatment from a trained chiropractor. The chiropractors at Chiro-Med are very experienced in successfully treating rotator cuff tears and other injuries. Chiro-Med S.C. frequently uses laser therapy to speed up the healing process of rotator cuff tears. Rehabilitation exercises are also used to help strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder and prevent future injury once the pain and inflammation are reduced.

If you would like to become a patient at Chiro-Med S.C., you can select Contact Us on our website and complete the form for us to contact you, or you can call us at 262-542-4700.  We accept patients of all ages.  We are confident you will have a great experience that focuses on patient communication, an accurate diagnosis, and an effective treatment approach that includes a chiropractic adjustment and/or physical therapy modalities.


  1. Minagawa, Hiroshi & Yamamoto, Nobuyuki & Abe, Hidekazu & Fukuda, Masashi & Seki, Nobutoshi & Kikuchi, Kazuma & Kijima, Hiroaki & Itoi, Eiji. (2013). Prevalence of symptomatic and asymptomatic rotator cuff tears in the general population: From mass-screening in one village. Journal of Orthopaedics. 10. 8–12. 10.1016/j.jor.2013.01.008.


  1. Pribicevic, M., Pollard, H. A multi-modal treatment approach for the shoulder: A 4 patient case series. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 13, 20 (2005).