In the world of healthcare, there are lots of opinions inside of any profession and even more, when you start asking different professions like chiropractors and surgeons about similar symptoms. Many people often make the false assumption that all doctors have been taught the same thing or even more unlikely that all professions have been taught the same information. Even if this was true, which it most certainly is not, each doctor is unique and have varying opinions.
Chiropractic, medicine, nutrition, etc. are not solely mathematically based professions. There are far too many variables in the human body to be able to calculate them all consciously. There is never just one simple or easy answer. Your health can be changed and improved with numerous different treatments that will affect everyone differently. Depending on the school you go to chiropractors, like medical doctors, will have varying curriculums from school to school. Some may favor certain techniques or treatments while another school has professors who excel in other areas.
The fact that chiropractors and medical doctors have been exposed to such a wide variety of information is not a bad thing. In fact, this is often the whole reason for seeking a second opinion. Another good reason for second opinions is to see if the current treatment plan you have been suggested is reasonable. FYI it’s not going to help to go to a surgeon looking for them to SUPPORT the treatment plan laid out by your chiropractor.
You’re likely to get very inconsistent responses. Surgeons cut. Chiropractors adjust. Why would they recommend treatments outside of their skill set? I’m not saying it doesn’t happen but if you really want to find a good second opinion about a specific treatment then it only makes sense to seek out the opinion of someone who knows and understands that type of treatment. Going to a surgeon to ask about chiropractic care makes as much sense as asking a nutritionist if you should get surgery.
Looking for an alternative form of treatment instead of a second opinion about the currently recommended treatment is another great reason to seek a second opinion. If you go to a chiropractor and decide that you really don’t want to make the effort to go to their office multiple times a week for treatment and are looking for a form of treatment that is easier to follow then it may make more sense to find an MD for a different option for treatment. Seeking out a second opinion from a different profession, like a pain management specialist or a surgeon may make more sense than getting a second opinion from another chiropractor that is likely to at least recommend a similar treatment plan.
Find and schedule a second opinion so that you can get the most out of it. Have in mind what you are looking for first. Don’t go to a chiropractor expecting them to validate your first opinion that recommends surgery. It’s not likely to happen. The same goes for going to a medical doctor. It makes no sense to go to an M.D. asking if it’s a good idea to get chiropractic care. They have no education in how or why chiropractic is effective, they don’t know.
Finally, take advantage of the free consultation option that most doctors offer. A quick 5-10 minute consult can tell you a lot about a chiropractor and their recommendations. Remember that this is not going to be enough to tell you exactly what your problem is or the treatment they recommend unless you have an exam done. At Corrective Chiropractic, we make time for consultations for all new patients before your exam or x-rays. We do, however, require that you fill out a thorough history and patient intake before we talk so that we can answer your questions as best as possible. Be wary of any doctor who will tell you they can fix your problems if they don’t even know what they are and have not even done an exam yet.
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