What to Ask a Potential Chiropractor

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After conducting research and deciding that chiropractic care is the route you would like to take for your health, look into different chiropractic providers in your area. When consulting with them, keep this list of questions in mind as you narrow down your choices and find the right doctor for you.

  1. Which services do you practice? You’ll want to know all of the options available to you as you seek natural ways to relieve your pain.
  2. Do you take x-rays? Most chiropractors will want to take an x-ray to ensure there’s not a fracture or serious injury present. X-rays also help them determine the current condition of your joints and discs while helping them create an estimate of your recovery period. Knowing this, the doctor will be able to determine which techniques will work for you. Do not select a chiropractor that doesn’t take an x-ray before recommending treatment.
  3. Can I receive written recommendations? This will help you weigh your choices once you leave the appointment in addition to providing information on the benefits this type of treatment will provide, what it consists of, how much it will cost, etc.
  4. Can I have a list of references? Ask for no more and no less than five people – three who are current patients and two who are other chiropractors – with whom you can speak to about their interactions with this particular medical professional. Patients can give you their experiences in receiving care and chiropractors can attest to that doctor’s character and ability to perform as a chiropractic care provider.
  5. What are my options for payments? Be informed about their payment plans so you know what will work for you should you choose to receive care from that practice.
  6. Is satisfaction guaranteed? Technically, doctors cannot guarantee desired results to patients. But, they should be able to guarantee your satisfaction and have a way of providing an alternative should you find yourself unsatisfied with your experience.
  7. Is there a no waiting policy? A majority of patients strongly dislike having to wait extended periods of time for their appointment to start, especially if they’re waiting in pain. Find out the typical waiting period ahead of time so you know what to expect during your visit.
  8. Can you determine how many visits I will need? Ask if they keep up with examinations over time to see how much you’re improving and how quickly your body is repairing itself. Each record should show how far you’ve come in your treatment plan.
  9. Will I learn about preventative care? Of course, it’s important to know how to prevent the injury you have from occurring again. Your chiropractor should be able to provide a list of ways to maintain great health with little chances of injury reoccurring.
  10. Are your consultations free? You wouldn’t want to pay a high fee simply for visiting a place you weren’t sure you would end up choosing to begin with, so make sure all consultations are free to prevent wasting money.