Chiropractic care carries a vast host of benefits. So whether you’re dealing with a recent sports injury, a chronic health condition, are noticing stiffness or pain that’s not going away, or want to incorporate chiropractic therapy into your everyday routine, you’ll want to make sure you’re receiving care from the right chiropractor. That’s why we’ll answer some questions regarding choosing the right chiropractor for your spine and back health.
How Do You Get Referrals?
Choosing the right chiropractor often begins with using referrals from trusted sources. When possible, obtain referrals from your primary care doctor or any specialist you work with. Other referrals sources might include:
- Colleagues (such as co-workers)
How Do You Research A Potential Chiropractor’s Credentials?
Ensuring your chiropractor is licensed to practice chiropractic care in your area is always your first step. But, of course, just because a chiropractor is licensed doesn’t automatically mean they’re a good fit as a chiropractor. However, being licensed will indicate they have the skills and experience to perform the tasks. You’ll also want to ensure they don’t have a history of medical malpractice.
How Do You Take Your Chiropractor’s Experience Into Account?
Chiropractic care isn’t a “one size fits all” type of care. Instead, patients receive chiropractic care for a wide list of reasons. For example, while a potential chiropractor might have years of experience helping patients with sports injuries, they might not have much experience assisting patients with specific medical conditions. Therefore, hire a chiropractor with specific experience dealing with injuries or medical conditions similar to yours when possible.
Do They Have Telehealth Options?
We live in a digital age, and more healthcare providers are incorporating telehealth options into their medical treatments. While sometimes it’s essential to see your care provider in person, virtual calls can do the trick, meaning fewer visits to the office. For example, for chiropractic care, a telehealth visit means your care provider can help you manage minor symptoms or for asking questions or complaints.
How Should You Evaluate Patient Reviews?
While patient reviews aren’t a substitute for referrals from trusted sources, they can help you gain insight into whether or not a chiropractor is right for you. Don’t assume a couple of one-star reviews mean subpar service. Likewise, a few five-star reviews don’t mean the best service. Instead, prioritize detailed written reviews that comprehensively cover a chiropractor’s service. Many reviews focus on factors like wait times, the office’s environment, scheduling appointments, etc. For example, a person who had to wait ten extra minutes might give an unfavorable review that doesn’t even mention how service from their chiropractor was.
How Well Do You Work With Your Chiropractor?
Being comfortable around your chiropractor is very important. You should feel relaxed every time you visit and have no problem communicating. The right chiropractor should show interest in getting to know you right from the start and will respect your treatment preferences and any decisions you make.
BY: Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab
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