If you’re experiencing pain and prefer an approach to healing that doesn’t rely on medication or surgery, chiropractic care may be right for you.
To get the most benefit from your treatment, it’s essential to find a chiropractor that you are comfortable with, who listens to you, and that you can afford.
Here are seven tips to help you find the right chiropractor for you:
- Ask Family and Friends for Referrals
Referrals are a great way to find a good chiropractor in your area. If the person giving you the referral is someone you trust, it may save you time on research and make it easier to take that first step of scheduling a consultation.
- Check Online Reviews
If you’re like most people, you’d like to know what previous patients have experienced. You want to know whether past patients were satisfied with the care they received and whether they recommend the practice.
Healthgrades.com is an online resource that provides detailed information on many different types of doctors. While the website mainly focuses on reviewing procedures and specialists, you can also search for specific doctors to see their patients’ thoughts. This can be a good place to look for more concrete information about a doctor’s background and credentials.
Yelp also offers detailed information about local businesses, including doctors’ offices. If you see any negative reviews, look for recurring issues. Are patients talking about unnecessary treatments? Are they saying their doctor didn’t take the time to listen? Were there billing issues?
- Check Credentials
To check a chiropractor’s credentials, visit the National Directory of Chiropractic Licensing Boards’ website at www.chirobase.org.
Before you choose a chiropractor, check their credentials. Chiropractic doctors must be licensed to practice in the state where they work. Each state has its own licensing requirements. Some require years of schooling and passing a written test, while others require only that the doctor pass a physical exam and complete a small amount of supervised clinical training.
Ask your chiropractor what their credentials are. Make sure they can show you proof of licensure in your state and a copy of their medical school diploma.
- Ask About the Chiropractor’s Experience
The next step is to call the office of each doctor on your list and ask questions. When you talk to the chiropractor’s office staff, ask out how long they’ve worked for the doctor.
You may also want to ask about the doctor’s philosophy regarding treatment and payment options for your insurance.
To ensure that you’re working with a qualified and experienced chiropractor, ask the following questions:
- How long has the chiropractor been in practice?
- What educational background does the chiropractor have?
- Approximately how many patients has the doctor treated?
- Are there any other practitioners working at the same practice who can help with my treatment if needed?
- Find Out Which Techniques Are Used
Educate yourself on the different techniques used by chiropractors before making your decision. Visit the International Chiropractors Association (www.chiroweb.com) or other sites that discuss alternative medicine.
Call the office and ask to find out what kind of technique a chiropractor uses. You can also try searching online. Look for “chiropractic techniques” and the town’s name where the chiropractor practices. Most chiropractors have websites, and many offer information on their specialties and philosophy of care.
Ask yourself whether the chiropractor’s philosophy meshes with your own goals for treatment and whether you’re comfortable with how the doctor will carry out those goals.
- Schedule a Consultation
Request a consultation before undergoing any treatment. Some doctors will provide a free consultation. If a consultation fee is required, find out how much it is and whether it will be applied toward your bill at some point during your treatment plan.
Depending on the information you’ve already learned through your research, these are questions you may want to ask at your consultation:
- Do you take insurance?
- Do you accept my health insurance?
- How much do you charge per visit?
- What are your payment options?
- Are there any other fees I should be aware of?
- How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Do you provide patients with copies of reports, X-rays, or other test results?
- How many treatments would I be likely to need, and what kind of time frame should I expect to recover from my injury?
- What is your philosophy regarding treatment?
Many chiropractors use a combination of manual manipulation and non-invasive techniques such as exercise and massage therapy with patients to achieve maximum results. However, some chiropractors use more invasive methods.
Find out how your prospective doctor treats patients before making an appointment so you know what to expect during treatment.
- Determine Costs Before Beginning Treatment
Treatment fees vary significantly from state to state, as well as from chiropractor to chiropractor. The fees charged by a chiropractor in California may be double those charged by one in Alabama due to the difference in cost of living between the two states.
Ask about costs:
- Before an adjustment, ask about the cost of treatment, including any additional fees for equipment, such as heat lamps or ultrasound machines.
- Ask if your insurance company covers your treatment.
- Be sure to ask about co-payments, deductibles, and coverage limits before committing to treatment.
Patients who require care for more than one visit should be given a treatment plan including the expected cost. If a treatment plan isn’t outlined at the initial consultation, it should be provided before any procedures are performed.
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Kim Chiropractic and Rehab provides a full range of chiropractic services to alleviate your pain. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to providing you with the care you need to relieve your pain and improve your quality of life.