How To Research A Chiropractor
The internet has made a huge impact on personal choices from products to services. The benefit is that you have the ability to research the best product or service before making a purchase. Sometimes though we are inept on something that we may not be familiar with and this blog deals specifically with how to research a chiropractor.
X-Rays Should Be Taken
Beginning X-rays and follow up x-rays should be a part of the care provided from a traditional or corrective chiropractor. They should also be of the full spine not just the area of concern. The spine is one contiguous structure. Don’t assume that your neck and low back are completely isolated from each other. They affect one another and must be evaluated as a whole for proper structural care. Think of the spine as one organ.
Just because it feels like it hurts on the left side of your body you could be shifted or rotated to the right side putting pressure on the left. There is no way to know what is going on with your spine without x-rays. For more about this CLICK HERE.
Google reviews, Yelp reviews, and other review sites can be beneficial or not entirely true. At Corrective Chiropractic we directly work with a verified third party DemandForce™ that proves our reviews are from patients that have been to our office. Reviews can be very helpful but are easily faked. Take some time and read them. Greater detail can help identify better validity but overall the most important resource you may find is the chiropractor’s website.
Website Should Be Unique
While not always the case, chiropractors that have “cookie cutter” websites with limited unique information are
often physicians that are themselves not unique. These “cookie cutter” websites are practically identical to other chiropractic websites. They can be easy to spot because they have a lot of prewritten general and non-specific chiropractic and health information on them. A chiropractor’s website should embody the personality, professionalism, and knowledge of the chiropractor. Most people do not want a general non-specific chiropractor but an advanced, modern and knowledgeable chiropractor. The website is often a good way to determine this but requires some reading. Do your research to find the best chiropractor.
If you want a chiropractor that excels in the newest and most up to date chiropractic care, it’s not likely that he/she will have a website that has very general and nonspecific information that was clearly written by someone else.
If you’re looking for a traditional chiropractor that is in network and treats based primarily on what insurance will pay for then you’ll probably want to find a chiropractor or physical therapist that is in-network. In-network providers generally have cookie cutter websites because they’re not necessarily specialists in spinal correction but pain management which doesn’t require a unique website.
Chiropractors who strive for the best quality care are required to educate patients on the importance of chiropractic. As a result, they often make an effort to do so by providing a lot more information about their practice on their website and through blogs to describe the advance treatments they offer.
Schedule A Consultation Before You Start Treatment
Make sure that you and the chiropractor you’re seeing have the same goals when it comes to your health. If a chiropractor will not take 10 – 15 minutes to address your symptoms before he sees you and confirm that it is spine related then my advice is to find someone that will speak with you.
The chiropractor also should be able to have a plan of action on where to begin with starting treatment for your symptoms. If the chiropractor has no information on what they can and cannot do then maybe a second opinion from another chiropractor or physical therapist or medical physician would be best.
Watch Out For…
*a chiropractor that has a God complex (thinks that chiropractic is the only treatment that you will ever need period for any condition) and that HE is the only one that can heal you, etc.
*a chiropractor that does not perform a thorough examination. If it seems like the time spends evaluating your problem was minimal or insignificant, you may be right.
*a chiropractor that looks like he is adjusting everyone the same and in a matter of seconds. Chiropractic adjustments don’t have to take a long time. If you feel like cattle to slaughter on an assembly line you may not be getting unique and specific care. But instead, traditional pain based chiropractic care that is general and non-specific, which will NOT change the structure and shape of your spine.
*a chiropractor that has malpractice claims
*a chiropractor that you do not get a sense of comfort with (ie. When discussing medical concerns, do you feel rushed or ignored)
*an unprofessional office or staff. Are they clean, courteous and respectful? Do they seem interested in you or your money? Don’t just make assumptions but ask questions to determine why the staff or your chiropractic does things a certain way. If you don’t understand or like something, ask. Don’t just leave but try to learn and educate yourself about what goes on in the office.