If you’re struggling to find a good chiropractor – or want to find a different one – try asking them these essential questions to find out if they’re the right one for you.
Check Your Chiropractor is Registered Before Seeing Them
Chiropractors must keep their professional qualifications and association membership up-to-date to practice. Some, such as those that lecture and don’t work with patients, may let these registrations lapse.
If your chiropractor isn’t registered, they are not fit to practice. You risk injuring yourself further, not receiving the best treatment, and even not being covered by your health insurance.
Things to Ask Your New Chiropractor Before You Book a Consultation
1. How Long Will Treatment Last?
If a chiropractor tells you over the phone how long your treatment will last – find another physician.
Without an in-depth analysis of your body mechanics and issues in the first consultation, a good practitioner won’t be able to offer a guideline about the length of your treatment.
2. What Techniques Do You Offer?
Some chiropractors specialize in only one technique while others offer several. These techniques may suit different patients.
You may also want to ask if they specialize in types of injury or cause of injury, too. For example, an accident practitioner will be experienced in spinal injuries resulting from automobile collisions. Others may work predominantly with sports injury clients.
3. Will You Take X-Rays?
Make sure your chiropractor is willing to take x-rays of your troublesome areas before treating you. This will show up any stress fractures or medical problems that could be aggravated by chiropractic treatment.
X-rays also give your practitioner a clear view of your body alignment so that a comprehensive and – most importantly – accurate treatment plan can be developed.
4. Can I Speak to Your References?
Anyone can write fake testimonials on their company website. What you want are real references willing to speak to you about their experience with the clinic you’d like to join.
Any practitioner that only shows you written testimonials in a book or on their website should be avoided. You can’t trust that they are genuine reviews from real customers.
You can also use third-party review sites like TrustPilot or TripAdvisor to find reviews of local chiropractic centers. These review sites are independent – which means you can rely on the reviews as those of real customers.
5. Will You Provide Preventative Advice to Support My Recovery?
The aim of a good chiropractic clinic is to get you back to your best health possible. To do this, they’ll need to provide you with advice about preventing the recurrence of your problems.
They may want to show you some stretches or exercises to maintain good alignment or suggest lifestyle changes to prevent back strain.
If a clinician isn’t forthcoming with this advice then walk away. They may be trying to continue your treatment to gain more money from you rather than achieve great health.
6. Do You Offer Payment Plans?
Payment plans mean chiropractic treatment is available for anyone in need – and not just those with deep pockets.
A clinic that doesn’t offer payment plans is a big red flag. It indicates that the financial elements of running a healthcare business are more important to them than patient care.
If your chiropractic clinic offers payment plans, find out what the terms are and how long you will have to settle the final amount due. Compare this against other clinics to make sure they’re offering a fair payment option.
7. Do You Have A No-Wait Policy?
Turning up on time for your appointment is always essential – some clinics even charge a late fee or cancellation fee if you turn up late. So when a physician ends up leaving you in the waiting room for a long time after your scheduled appointment, that’s frustrating.
A great practice will offer a no-wait policy. This means you’re seen at the appointment time booked and won’t have to wait for more than a few minutes. It shows that the clinic respects your time as well as your custom – which means they’re likely to care about your treatment and health, too.
8. How Soon Can I Start Treatment?
Nobody likes waiting for appointments – but if a clinic can fit you in right away, that suggests they don’t have many clients. Unless it’s a brand-new clinic, that’s a red flag.
On the other hand, a clinic that wants to make you wait months to start your treatment has books that are too full. This is an indicator that they take on a lot of clients to prioritize the financial benefit rather than the care of their patients.
A good clinic will offer you an appointment within a few weeks from your initial contact. This demonstrates their commitment to starting your journey to full health as soon as possible – but that there is enough demand from other clients to keep their immediate appointment book full.