So, you’ve decided to give chiropractic care a shot. Perhaps you’ve recently sustained an injury or simply have chronic pain that is becoming increasingly debilitating. No matter what brought you to this decision, you’re now faced with an overwhelming number of options. How do you choose a reputable chiropractor?
First of all, word of mouth is a great way to narrow down the options. Ask around to friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. Also, contact your primary care doctor, physical therapist, or other trusted professional for recommendations. Find out who they would recommend to a family member who was experiencing pain or had been in an accident. Hopefully, after asking around, you will have a short list of good chiropractors to choose from.
The internet is also a wealth of information. Look up each chiropractic clinic on your list and search for reviews on a variety of sites. While your co-worker might have had a fabulous experience with one chiropractor, if that isn’t the consensus of most other reviewers, you may want to avoid that specific doctor. However, if the reviews are overwhelmingly positive, you can be assured that the doctor should remain on your list for the next steps.
Different people have different chiropractic needs, so you need to make sure that even a much-loved chiropractor can address your individual needs. Your next step is to call each chiropractor on your list and request a consultation, either in-person or on the phone. Ask about average wait times, typical treatment plans, the typical number of visits and frequency, and the location of the chiropractor’s office. Keep in mind that treatment plans may vary greatly between patients, so this is not a guarantee that your care will follow the exact treatment plan or length stated in your consultation. Many times your experience with the receptionist or chiropractor will positively or negatively affect your impression of the office.
Another important consideration is the methods a chiropractor uses for treatments. With over 100 different chiropractic methods, the range of care options is extensive. If a certain treatment option has been recommended or is desired, you will want to make sure the doctors you are considering specialize in that specific method. For more information on chiropractic techniques visit Chirobase.Org. Also, discuss the technique(s) you desire during your consultation to gauge the doctor’s feelings and knowledge.
If you plan on using insurance, you should check for preferred providers and do some research on whether your insurance will cover chiropractic care, how many visits will be allowed, and whether out of pocket costs will be credited to your deductible. This can narrow your list even further, especially if finances are a consideration. Knowing this will give you the information you need when discussing treatment plans with your chosen doctor.
Lastly, if you desire, you can check a chiropractor’s credentials. Ensure that your potential doctor is licensed by visiting your state’s Chiropractic Regulation and Licensing Board. You can also check for disciplinary actions against chiropractors in your area.
Once you’ve completed all of these steps, you are ready to make an appointment for your initial visit. Armed with all of this information, you will be prepared to advocate for your care and make the right decision for your health and overall well-being.