Deciding you’re going to see a chiropractor is one thing, but choosing which one to see is another! Because chiropractic care has an unusually large variety of practice philosophies and techniques, it’s crucial that you feel comfortable asking all the questions you need to understand your examinations, diagnoses and treatment plans.
Remember that while all chiropractors will inevitably claim to be good at what they do, being able to prove it is what matters to you. You are depending on your chiropractor’s knowledge and expertise to help you stay healthy or recover from a spine condition or injury. And it is your prerogative to choose the best chiropractor for you.
A good chiropractor will do attempt to relieve your symptoms as quickly as possible, with as few treatments as necessary. They will also work with you and offer practical advice on how to avoid future episodes of pain/ symptoms.
But how do you know the good chiropractors from the mediocre without undergoing treatment first? How can you make sure you don’t waste your time or money on a treatment plan that may not be the best one for you?
Our Ealing chiropractor highlights some important factors to keep in mind:
Ask your GP for a referral list of reputable chiropractors and seek recommendations from family and friends. As you start to narrow down your list, contact each of the chiropractor’s offices to check if they are accepting new patients and if they offer free consultations. If so, ask for an appointment to chat to the chiropractor on a no-obligation basis.
Experience matters a lot in chiropractic care. The more experience a chiropractor has with treating your specific condition, the better your results are likely to be. Ask any potential chiropractors how many patients with your specific condition they’ve treated and how well these patients have responded. If you require a specific procedure, ask how many of the procedures the chiropractor has carried and find out about the complication rates.
Are They Supportive?
Chiropractor treatment is often a long-term process, so it’s important that you choose a chiropractor who supports your communication needs. Choosing a chiropractor who shows an interest in getting to know you and considers your treatment preferences will go a long way in helping your recovery.
Never “settle” when it comes to choosing a healthcare professional. Your back health is worth more; it’s worth the best!