Choosing a Good Chiropractor
There are various practice philosophies and techniques involved in chiropractic profession. And since chiropractic treatment is a physical procedure, things like rapport with the doctor and suitability of joint manipulation approach should be considered when picking a clinic.
If you want to see a chiropractor, begin by asking for referrals from a physical therapist, a spine specialist or your own primary care doctor. Ask them to name names of practitioners they would actually choose if they needed chiropractic treatment. Your friends, relatives or coworkers might also give you some leads. However, keep in mind that people can have different definitions of a good chiropractor. Although referrals are valuable, you should go with the doctor who meets your specific needs the most.
How to Interview Your Prospects
Before you decide to see a certain chiropractor, interview your prospects first, whether on the phone or in person. Usually, the chiropractor will even request you to come for a personal consultation so you can talk about the details.
Definitely, you want a chiropractor who is comfortable to be around, as well as a clinic that will promotes an overall positive experience for patients. Comfort may be affected by many things, like how long you have to stay in the waiting room, the location of the clinic, and the like.
When it comes to your potential rapport and experience with the practitioner and staff, ask yourself the following questions:
> Are they friendly and courteous?
> Do you feel at ease when talking to the chiropractor?
> Does the chiropractor take his time when answering your questions?
> Does the chiropractor show genuine interest in your treatment concerns?
> How experienced is the chiropractor?
> Does the chiropractor have any particular undergraduate or post-graduate specialty? This is not necessary, but there are chiropractors who actually have a specialty, such as neurology, orthopedics, nutrition or rehabilitation.
As a patient, you need to ensure that you will be safe with your selected chiropractor. That means you should do a little research on whether or not your prospect has been subject to any disciplinary actions at any time. Log on to the website of your state’s Chiropractic Regulation & Licensing Board, and find out as well if the college where the chiropractor obtained his education is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education.
Choosing a chiropractor or any kind of health are professional should be done with utmost care. Consider two or three prospects so you can make comparisons and make a wiser choice.
At the end of the day, the chiropractor can only recommend a course of care for you, and it will be your call to accept or not accept it. As a patient, you must never be forced into any kind of treatment or payment.