Selecting the right chiropractor can be difficult because professionals use a wide variety of techniques and applications. Below are some of the top recommendations on how to find the right chiropractor for your individual situation.
#1) Talk to your doctor- An effective way to get a good recommendation for a chiropractor is to talk to your doctor. Your doctor is someone who knows you and your medical situation. They might be able to direct you to someone who specializes in your specific problem. If you don’t want to go to the doctor or ask for a recommendation, you should ask your family members and friends. Family members and friends are great to ask because you can trust them.
#2) Get a telephone interview or talk to the chiropractor in person- Before you even sign up for an appointment, you should conduct a telephone interview with the chiropractor. You need to know information about the clinic, the chiropractor, and the clinic that they are practicing at. You might want to also ask the chiropractor’s certification and how long they have been practicing. There may or may not be a charge for an initial consultation. If there is a charge, it should be around the same price point as other chiropractors in the area.
#3) Provide your health insurance information- In addition to finding an experienced chiropractor, you probably have to worry about your health insurance. You want to find someone who accepts your health insurance provider. Doing so will make sure that you only have to cover the copay. If you are unable to find a clinic that takes your health insurance provider, you should ask about insurance-denied services. It is common for chiropractors to offer steep discounts to people who don’t have the right type of health insurance to receive treatment.
#4) Set up a date and time for an apointment- After you have provided your insurance information, it is time to set up the appointment. It is common for a patient to fill out a form on their first visit. You’ll have to include personal information such as your name, telephone number, and home address.
#5) Do your research and look for reviews- It is easy to do some basic research on chiropractors in your area. The state that you live in provides a Chiropractic Regulation & Licensing Board. This includes any disciplinary actions that have been taken against the chiropractor. Another way to research the chiropractor is to look for reviews online.
#6) Stick to your appointment- After you have set up the appointment, it is important to make it into the office. A chiropractor is busy and they might not be able to see you if you are running 15-20 minutes late. As previously mentioned, you might have to fill out some paper work on your first visit. Therefore, you need to make sure that you arrive early with your personal information on hand.
#7) Determine whether you like the chiropractor or not- After a couple of weeks, you can determine whether or not you want to stay with the chiropractor. On average, it should take two to four weeks before you start to see an improvement. Don’t forget that you are always allowed to change your provider. It is not unusual for the patient to experience some slight discomfort within the 24 hour period of treatment.
#8) Choose a cool environment- Many chiropractor’s office are hot. I like to find one that either has a good heating and cooling system or misting fans that can keep you cool.
#9) Check the area- I always check out the neighborhood before I commit to going to an office. I like to find cool, relaxing environments. One time I found one online that looked great, but happened to be located right next to a horse farm. I should have left immediately when I saw bug traps and smelled animal manure when I walked to the front door.