How to Choose a Chiropractor
When it comes to choosing a chiropractor to help with whatever condition you are suffering with, somehow the eenie meenie miny mo just doesn’t seem to cut it! There must be a more methodical way of selecting the individual that will become your partner on your journey to better health. Consider these points when finding your chiropractor:
They genuinely care about your health. Are they there for a paycheck or are they there to be your partner on your quest for better health? It won’t take you very long to determine the answer to this. Chiropractors want you to get better soon so be skeptical if a chiropractor wants you to sign for a 6 month or 1 year plan before they see how your respond to their chiropractic care. The focus here is on you, not the money!
They take X-Rays on site. Chiropractors are trained to take a thorough initial history and perform a thorough exam to aid them in forming a diagnosis. Your chiropractor might have further qualifications such as these cpd courses for chiropractors. Feel free to ask them about their qualifications so you can rest assured they know what they’re doing! Sometimes x-rays may be required to ensure safety with certain treatments, rule out sinister diagnoses such as fractures, and determine the degree of damage. Be wary if your doctor wants to take x-rays regularly, such as a weekly or monthly basis. X-rays are a great tool in the office, but should not be used without purpose. By having x-rays on site this saves you travel time to go to a x-ray clinic and can save you money also.
They don’t adjust you the same day. Although in emergency situations same day treatment may be rendered, many practitioners need time to fully assess your situation and determine a treatment plan that is catered to your needs. Rushing to do an assessment, consent and treatment in the same day is not always ideal. If a chiropractor doesn’t talk to you about your health history and your current condition, doesn’t give you an initial physical examination (reflexes, posture assessment, range of motion, etc.), doesn’t give you a thorough diagnosis, and won’t explain all aspects of your treatment plan, then find another chiropractor.
They discuss their examination and x-ray findings with you. It is important that you understand your diagnosis, your treatment plan and your prognosis. A good chiropractor will take the time to go through this all with you and answer any questions you may have.
They should be able to explain your condition to you. Your doctor should be able to state an expected time for recovery based on their clinical knowledge and the current research. You should not be left in the dark regarding how long appointments should take, what should occur in the visit and why, the frequency of the appointments or even the cost of appointments.
They adjust. Chiropractors have a lot of tools to help to ensure you get better. But our training is focused on adjustments and these have been proven to provide great results with patients. Just because we can doesn’t mean we have to adjust. If you are uncomfortable with an adjustment, other skills, such as mobilizations can be used with a similar positive effect.
They treat the cause, not just the symptoms. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sometimes you have to look beyond the site of pain to determine areas that are creating the problem. By doing this you can prevent the pain from spreading and also help with possible related sites of pain.
They Adapt. A good chiropractor will monitor your progress by having you do questionairres and discussions about your treatment plan. If you aren’t getting better they should change your plan to ensure that you are maximizing your results. It’s like Einstein’s quote, “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” Sometimes you just need to go back to drawing board to allow for optimal results. A good chiropractor will also refer out if they realize that your case is beyond their scope or if co-management with another practitioner or specialist would be in your best interest.
Results are Rendered. It’s great if your chiropractor has all of the above skills, but if you don’t get better then why are you seeing them? Realize that it might take a few treatments to get results and sometimes results are seen immediately after treatment. Every patient is unique and therefore your chiropractor has to have a unique approach for you.
They are someone you could see yourself trusting. You only get one body so you want to make sure that you trust the person that is going to help you keep it maintained. Have a look at the doctor’s blog and website and see if their values are similar to yours. Talk to other patients or read patient testimonials to learn more about what a doctor-patient relationship could entail.
As you can see, there are lots of things to think about when choosing a chiropractor. You deserve the best care possible so make sure to shop around before you commit to just any chiropractor. Happy searching!
Carly Butterworth B.Sc., D.C. is a chiropractor at Backfix in Bathurst/Eglinton area. She is dedicated to optimizing your health without the use of drugs or surgery.