There are few discomforts that are more irksome that chronic neck or back pain. It can make it impossible to sit, stand, or sleep comfortably and can make you irritable and unable to focus. And, if left untreated, these ailments can have long-term negative effects on your health. A qualified chiropractor can help pinpoint what is causing your pain and implement the appropriate treatment to alleviate it. Unfortunately, for every great chiropractor out there, there are plenty who are less qualified or just plain dishonest. Below are some signs that a chiropractor has your best interests in mind and is qualified to provide you superior service.
Provides Appropriate Treatment
While the length of a chiropractic visit can vary considerably depending on what your condition is, be wary of a chiropractor who is always in a hurry and is quick to move on to the next patient. In most cases, sessions will last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. You should also be concerned if a chiropractor wants you to schedule appointments several months out. The objective of chiropractic treatment is that it is a cure and, therefore, shouldn’t be necessary forever.
A good chiropractor should want you to recover with as few treatments as necessary. Oftentimes for this to occur, a patient will need to participate in some self-care at home. It isn’t abnormal (and is a good sign) if a chiropractor assigns you gentle stretches or exercises that you should be doing at home in between sessions. He or she should follow up and check your progress towards full recovery, adjusting treatments and at-home stretches as necessary.
Doesn’t Overuse X-rays
Chiropractors do occasionally use x-rays, but this isn’t a tool that should be used all of the time. X-rays should only be a last resort if treatment isn’t working or in special cases. If a chiropractor starts a first appointment by saying that you’re going to need some x-rays, you may want to rethink your selection. X-rays are not only expensive, but if used too regularly can cause health risks. In most cases, a qualified chiropractic care provider should be able to diagnose your ailment without the use of x-rays.
When it comes to working with any healthcare provider, efficient communication is key. How easy is it to get ahold of his or her office? To reschedule an appointment? Efficient and professional communication is often a sign of a well-run practice. It may seem auxiliary, but communication is important and shouldn’t be ignored.
Finding a Good Chiropractor
In search of a great chiropractor? Start by asking your primary care physician for a recommendation. You can also ask around with friends and family to see if you know anyone with a chiropractor they would recommend. When it comes to narrowing down your options of prospective candidates, ask about a chiropractor’s credentials, years of experience, and philosophy towards treatment. Just like with any healthcare provider, it pays to be in good hands, to it’s worth the time and effort it takes to find the right specialist for you.