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How To Find A Good Chiropractor

Most of us don’t know how to find a good chiropractor

Generally, when we are looking for a doctor, we just open up the yellow pages and let our fingers do the walking. Sometimes, we may ask our friends, family or co-workers for a recommendation, but face it, what works for them may not work for you. Finding a good chiropractor can be a very difficult decision, because this is a profession with an unusually wide variety of techniques and philosophies. Here are some tips on how to find a competent chiropractor best suited for you as an individual.
Do a phone interview. Take time out to interview your prospective chiropractor. If the doctor is not available when you call, then arrange a time when you can speak to the doctor. Take note of the doctors communication skills, he should be comfortable to speak with and eager to answer your questions.

You may want to ask:

  • What the doctor’s feelings are about how chiropractics differ from other health professions?
  • What does the doctor see as his responsibility when performing a ompetent diagnosis?
  • How does the doctor feel about referring patients to other specialists?
  • What kind of techniques does this doctor offer?
  • What kind of experiences has he had with other patients with similar conditions to you?
  • What are the doctor’s fees or does the doctor take your insurance, or in case you have an HMO, do you need a referral?
  • What is doctor’s location and what are his hours of operation?

Avoid a chiropractor who:

  • Considers his profession as being opposed to the medical profession.
  • Denies responsibility to diagnose and refer patients in a good manner.
  • Tries to sell you on his “miracle cures” or any other technique that only he knows how to do or has learned in some “school of thought.”
  • Insists you have x-rays done as a routine or requirement, or insist on having an EMG scan or other expensive test that is often not necessary.
  • Uses scare tactics or if he sounds like he’s making a sales pitch on you.
  • Has a dirty, littered or foul smell in his office.
  • Cold calls you to announce their presence in your area and tries to make you a free appointment.
All depending on the seriousness or extremity of your condition, you may need to see the chiropractor several times before your condition can be relieved. This is a good reason to choose a chiropractor that works within a reasonable driving distance with hours that suit your schedule. It’s important to have a chiropractor that you can rely on to get into fairly quickly without having to wait a month or so to get in.
On your first visit to the office, what is your general impression? Any doctor’s office should have a clean and professional appearance. The office staff should be able to treat you with the courtesy, respect and professionalism that are expected of a medical establishment. Many offices require you to fill out forms about your general medical history and the problem that brought you to them for the doctor to review with you during a private interview. You should be able to discuss your problem in detail, followed by having vital signs taken, and a number of other neurological and orthopedic tests. You should also have an analysis of your musculoskeletal system functions and structure, to determine if your problem is within the scope of chiropractics. If the doctor insists that other laboratory tests are necessary, ask why. He should be able to provide a clear and concise explanation that makes sense and that is easy for you to understand. The doctor should be able to explain your problem, treatment options and customize a treatment plan that you are able to understand. If he is unable to do this, then he is not the right doctor for you.
The length of treatment varies with each individual. Although your condition may resemble your best friends, it does not mean you will heal as quickly as she did. Everyone’s musculoskeletal system is different and responds differently to treatment. This is why it’s important to do your own research and interviews before settling with a chiropractor. Never let anyone pressure you into seeing a particular doctor.
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