Dr. Richard Ezgur

Dr. Richard Ezgur, DC

Services

Services and products

Describe your services:
I offer truly comprehensive, individualized natural healthcare. Depending on your specific needs, I will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan utilizing one or a combination of the following treatments: chiropractic treatment (spinal and/or extremity adjustments/joint manipulation including manual or instrument adjusting), homeopathy, acupuncture, sports & spinal rehabilitation (physical therapy), massage, myofascial release techniques, nutritional counseling including vitamins & herbs, stress management, physiotherapy modalities including cold laser therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, & ultrasound.

How does your healing modality work?
All of the healing modalities I use involve improving the body’s ability to heal. When this occurs, optimal health is achieved, and most acute and chronic diseases are cured.
Chiropractic involves detection of joint restrictions or “subluxations”, and restoring normal motion & neurologic functioning through manipulation or “the adjustment”. This is a procedure in which a specific force is applied at a precise location to a restricted joint. The purpose is to restore normal joint motion, which leads to decreased tension & decreased spinal nerve irritation. Decreased nerve irritation leads to decreased pain & decreased muscle spasm. As the function of your joints improve, so does the function of your central nervous system. This often leads to improved health.
Homeopathy works based on the application of the law of similars, which states that the same substance that can cause disease in a healthy person can be used to treat someone suffering from that same or similar disease. The homeopathic remedy is a natural substance, which is highly diluted. When taken orally, it triggers a healing reaction of the body which ultimately leads to cure. Much more information about how homeopathy works is available on our website: www.progressivechiropractic.com
Acupuncture works by stimulating the release of endorphins to decrease pain, and speed healing. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the theory of energy, or “qi”, pronounced “chee”, to explain how acupuncture works. Qi flows through the body via channels called meridians. If the qi flow is altered, the resulting deficiency, excess, or stagnation of qi causes bodily malfunction, illness, and inability to properly heal. Acupuncture, in which needles are inserted into specific points along these meridians, restores the proper qi flow, thereby returning the body to a state of improved health and decreased pain.

How do you see your services evolving over the next three years?
After fifteen years in practice, I still continue to master new techniques, and participate in continuing education programs, so that I can continue to remaining on the cutting edge of the art & science of practice. Continuing to search for techniques that will improve patient outcomes is my ultimate goal.

Issues / Benefits

Presenting issues and problems or types of clients

Why do people come to see you?
People often see me because of the comprehensive nature of the care and services we offer. Persistent health problems often require a combination of several different therapies, which not many practitioners provide. Whether you are looking for pain relief, or if you are interested in a natural way to resolve, improve, or better manage some other health problem like allergies, sinusitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, infertility, women’s health issues, etc., we will work together to formulate a combination of therapies best suited to solve your problem.

Who is an ideal client?
Anyone who is interested in using a natural form of healing to correct the cause of their health problem(s), and in working together to resolve or better manage it. Ideally, the patient is interested in taking some responsibility for their own health and health care, and is therefore motivated to implement the appropriate self-care. I treat patients of all ages, including infants, children, adults, and pregnant women.

Benefits and results people see

When true natural healing occurs, most patients report that aside from their chief complaints resolving , they also experience a global improvement in their overall health. So, not only is the pain or primary symptom gone, but patients describe decreased levels of stress, greater energy, more restful sleep, improved athletic/physical performance, and enhanced concentration. Depressed patients feel as if “a dark cloud has been lifted away” or as if “a weight has been lifted off my chest and I can breathe again.” Other patients report that they “feel like my old self again.”

Unique

Healing philosophy or mission

It sounds cliché, but under the optimal conditions the body does have a truly awesome ability to heal itself. When the body is out of balance, out of alignment, or overwhelmed by stress, it can no longer maintain a state of optimal health, and symptoms and disease develop. My job is to listen to the patient, and to do the necessary “detective work” to determine the most significant causes of their health imbalances, and work to restore that balance once again. Using a holistic approach, all areas of the patient’s health and life is explored to solve the problem. Once the main causes are identified, we can work together in order to create the optimal conditions so that true healing can take place.

Uniqueness and what makes you good

Describe your style or approach:
I take a very “patient-focused” approach, meaning that each patient gets treatment recommendations very specific to their condition, their lifestyle, and to them as an individual. My mission is to facilitate healing in a caring and friendly environment. I utilize a common-sense approach in arriving at your diagnosis, educating you about your condition, and providing you with practical advice and customized care. I emphasize exercise, diet, and self-treatment recommendations to speed recovery and prevent relapse.

What makes you different/good at what you do?
Over 15 years of clinical experience has taught me how to blend the art & science of healing to successfully address my patients’ health concerns. I have also logged over 1,500 hours of postgraduate education, including a three-year board-certification program in sports & spinal rehabilitation & manual medicine, and a 500-hour post-graduate homeopathy program leading to the FCAH status (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy). I am also actively involved in teaching, which keeps me current in my field and allows me to communicate more effectively with my patients. Because of these experiences, I have acquired a unique and extensive set of skills to solve a wide range of health problems. My success comes from being able to combine this unique skill set along with compassion for my patients, a passion for healing, an ability to listen intently to what patients have to say, and effective communication skills.

Why do you do what you do?
I had suffered from chronic low back pain and headaches in the past, and was very frustrated with the medical care I was receiving. Along my own road to recovery, I explored many various forms of natural healing. It is very rewarding to me to be able to share these very effective treatments with my patients. To be able to help others recover from pain and heal from chronic disease is a gift that I treasure above all else.

Education

Education and training

DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) and Acupuncture certification: National University of Health Sciences (formerly known as National College of Chiropractic), 1996 Lombard, Illinois.
300-hour Board Certification program in Chiropractic Rehabilitation, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
500-hour post-graduate homeopathy program leading to the FCAH status (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy)
I have continued to attend and teach national and international manual medicine, rehabilitation, and homeopathy seminars at the doctoral and post-doctorate levels.

Contributions/Publications:
I have also been an active member of the community. I served as the manager of the Chiropractic Crew for the Twin Cities?Chicago AIDS Ride from 1996-1999, and participated as a rider in 2000. I have also donated my services to numerous athletic and charity events including: Leukemia Society of America’s “Team in Training” Advisory Council for the Chicago Marathon, AIDS Walk Chicago “CARETEAM”, Chicago Smelts “Swim Your Heart Out”, Mrs. T’s Triathlon, Chicago Frontrunners’ “Proud to Run”, WCAA’s Men’s Basketball League, and MSA’s Fall Classic Men’s Volleyball Tournament. I also served as the Co-chair of the Board of Directors of Team Chicago Athletics, Inc. I am currently the secretary of the board of directors of the Illinois Homeopathic Medical Association, and have been selected by Dr. Andre Saine of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy to be 1 of 15 international team leaders of the International Niendorf-Montreal Materia Medica Project. I am also the company chiropractor for the Luna Negra Dance Company.

Logistics

Appointment length and fee range

How long is a typical session?
The length of a session can vary greatly, depending upon the specifics of the condition including severity, stage of injury, and phase of care. A maintenance or wellness visit consisting of spinal manipulation only, may last about 10 minutes. Other modalities take additional time, so a session could last 45 minutes to an hour, or more. Homeopathic visits usually last 20-30 minutes for simple follow-up visits, or 40-60 minutes in the case of a new or acute condition.

Fee Range
An office visit, including an adjustment, costs around $50.00. Other modalities can add to the price of a visit, depending upon the specifics of your condition.

Typical session and how to prepare:

Describe a typical session:
Since treatment depends on the specifics of your condition, there is really is no such thing as a “typical” session. On your first visit or prior to that (over the phone), we will discuss your health problem and determine the most appropriate types of treatment. If we decide to utilize chiropractic and physical medicine, then I will spend approximately one full hour with you in order to determine the precise cause of your problem. If we decide to do homeopathic treatment, then your initial visit will last 2-3 hours or longer, until I have enough information to prescribe an appropriate homeopathic remedy. During the consultation, a detailed history of your problem will be obtained, and you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Next, a thorough examination will be performed including orthopedic and neurologic evaluation. Specialized functional testing such as postural analysis, gait analysis, joint & muscle testing, as well as X-ray studies, may also be utilized to formulate an accurate diagnosis and individual treatment plan. You will then be advised of your prognosis, including the answers to the following questions: what’s wrong, how can we fix it, how long will it take, and how much will it cost. If your condition would be more appropriately managed by another health care provider, a prompt referral would be made.
Treatment on the first visit will depend upon the specifics of your condition. Most often treatment will include various procedures to help make you feel more comfortable, and/or spinal manipulation/adjustment, or a homeopathic remedy would be prescribed. I will also make self-care recommendations including exercises, nutritional supplements, and the application of ice or heat.

How should someone prepare for a session?
Usually, no special preparation is necessary. However, this will vary, depending on the specifics of your condition, and is explained when calling for your first appointment. With the exception of massage therapy, most patients can be seen in some version of “street clothes”.

Insurance, cancellation policy, office hours and other logistics

Take Insurance?
Yes. Almost all plans include some coverage for our services. We will file your insurance claims for you electronically, and await payment from your insurance company. Before charging you directly, we will be happy to call your insurance company to obtain a detailed verification of your benefits. You will only be charged initially what we would expect your share or percentage to be. Our offices participate in many PPO plans including, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Core Source, Fortis, General American, Great West, Medicare, PHCS (Private Health Care Systems), PBA – Professional Benefit Administrators, One Health Plans, Rush Prudential, and others.
We realize that dealing with insurance companies can be time-consuming, confusing, and at times stressful. We make every attempt to make this process as easy as possible for you, so that you can focus on getting well again. If your policy does not cover chiropractic, call us to find out how we can make chiropractic care affordable for you.

Cancellation Policy?
Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to appointment.

Office hours/days of the week:
I see patients by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8am until 6:30pm. On Tuesdays, we’re open in the afternoon until 7pm, and we are also open on Saturday mornings. I do not see patients on Thursdays or Sundays. Massage is scheduled separately, and is available every day except Sunday.

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Pain ManagementMany conventional methods are ineffective in treating chronic pain. One method for pain relief is to go into the pain; feel it fully, ask for it’s “gift”, what there is to learn. Then get a sense of what the pain looks like, how big- is it the size of a beachball or a baseball? Use your imagination to change it’s size. See it as a walnut, then a basketball, then a period at the end of a sentence, then see it erase or vanish, notice what happens to your pain! Research has shown energy balancing Healing Touch techniques to be quite effective in pain reduction as well as the accompaning anxiety and depression. My treatment involves clearing pain thru touch and teaching you (or family) self care techniques.
MusculoskeletalUsually due to some combination of repetitive strain, poor posture and/or ergonomics, muscle imbalance (tightness & weakness), stress, and old injuries not properly treated. Identify the key contributing factors, and correct the causes. This may include modifying a work environment, one’s exercise routine, and treatment including therapeutic exercise, manipulation, massage, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound.