How To Find The Right Chiropractor
Chiropractors help patients with many different kinds of pain. This may be back pain, neck pain, a sports injury, pain from an accident, or even headaches, among other things. Chiropractors use various techniques to help improve a patient’s musculoskeletal mechanics to alleviate discomfort. Here are some key tips to help ensure that you find a reputable chiropractor who’s right for you.
Check with a primary care physician, physical therapist, or spine specialist for their trusted recommendations. You may ask them “if someone in your family needed chiropractic care, who would you suggest?” Multiple recommendations are a good sign.
A Thorough Consultation
A good chiropractor will always take a thorough history at the first visit. They should ask a lot of questions about your history and any pain you have experienced. They should take a postural screen (analysis of your posture) upon the first visit. The more information they have, the better they can determine whether chiropractic care is a good fit for you. They should not recommend chiropractic care if you have contraindications (medical conditions cannot benefit from it or need to be treated differently).
Ask Your Own Questions
How many years have they been in practice? Do they have experience treating problems similar to yours? What specific techniques are they trained in? The best chiropractors are skilled in several techniques and able to select the ones suited to the condition of the patient.
They Should Put You at Ease
Because this type of care is a hands-on physical treatment, you’ll need to be comfortable with your chiropractor. Some people are nervous about the spinal adjustments involved. Your chiropractor should be patient, caring, and able to help you relax so that you can receive the treatments without fear or misgivings.
Beware of any outrageous sounding claims. If the chiropractor claims to have a special new technique that no one else is using, or the ability to cure certain conditions, such as asthma, heartburn, infections, and other chronic conditions, steer clear. If they require a substantial payment up front, or a long-term treatment plan of ongoing care, they may be in it just for the money. There should be an endpoint when goals are expected to be reached for your care.
Chiropractic care can be an excellent way to manage many different types of pain. A good chiropractor will always have the goal of restoring normal healthy spinal function in their patients. They will recognize if their treatment isn’t working as well as hoped for and refer you to an orthopedist, physical therapist, or other health professional if needed.