If you are one of the many people who suffer from back pain chances are the thought of going to a chiropractor has crossed your mind. That being said, finding the right chiropractor may be easier said than done. If you are going to trust someone to adjust your spine then you want to be sure that they are proficient in their field, and attentive to your needs. With a little leg work you will be able to find a chiropractor that can help you get the better quality of life that you are looking for.
Recommendations from family, friends, and co-workers can be one of the best ways to learn of a great chiropractor. Personal recommendations say a lot about a health care professional. If you can’t get references to a chiropractor, try calling your insurance company. They may be able to recommend someone from their database of providers. Otherwise, you might also try checking with your primary care doctor.
It’s very important to choose a chiropractor who will be able to meet your needs. Step one in determining the competence of a chiropractor is to look at their education and experience. Find out what kind of training they completed and what kind of experience they have gained in the field. Knowing that they are properly trained can set your mind at ease.
Any good chiropractor will also be fully accredited. Take care to ensure that your potential chiropractor is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education. You will also want to check their professional record with the Chiropractic Board of Examiners. Be sure to check that they have never received any disciplinary reprimands.
You’ll also want to understand that kind of chiropractic maneuvering techniques are used by your potential chiropractor. Many chiropractors use gentle force, but others are far less subtle in their manipulations. Some chiropractors use instrumental manipulation instead of manual techniques. Make sure to ask your potential doctor about the techniques they use most often and what to expect at a typical chiropractic visit.
X-rays are often used in chiropractic offices, and you will want to find out if your chiropractor utilizes them. X-rays can be really helpful in tying your pain to a specific diagnosis, and knowing that you will have that documentation with your chiropractor should give you some peace of mind.
How easy is it to work with this chiropractors office? The truth is that if it is not easy, chances are you will not keep up with your appointments. Make sure that you are able to make appointments that will work with your particular schedule. Additionally, the location of their office is important. If you are constantly driving across town it will become less and less practical to keep up with your appointments. Perhaps the most important factor to take into account is if your insurance will cover your chiropractic visits to this doctor.
Finally, remember that none of this is important if you don’t get along with the doctor. Finding someone with a good personality fit is just as important as the other considerations. Do they pay attention to what you have to say? Do you feel comfortable around them? While this is a purely subjective judgment, it’s one you should pay attention to.
About the Author: Dr. Scott Stiffey has been the Palmyra area chiropractor for 8 years. Give his office a call to see if they are a good fit for you! 573-769-2400