Sunday, March 15, 2009

Picking the Right Chiropractor

By Kerri Stalton

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.

One of the best ways to find a great chiropractor is word of mouth. Try getting referrals from co-workers, friends, and neighbors. Personal references speak volumes about the quality of care provided by a medical professional. If you can't come up with personal recommendations, consider taking a few moments to call your insurance company. They may have a list of recommended chiropractors in their provider database. Failing that, you can also ask your family care doctor.

Your needs are important, and you want to be sure that your chiropractor is going to meet them. The first step is to ensuring this is to check out their resume'. Find out what type of education they have received and what their professional experience has been. This can give you the peace of mind to know that they have received the necessary training.

A good chiropractor must be fully accredited. Be sure to check the credentials of the chiropractor you are thinking of hiring to make sure they are accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education. You should also take care in choosing someone who has no disciplinary complaints on their record. You can verify this by checking with the Chiropractic Board of Examiners.

You'll also want to know what kind of chiropractic techniques the doctor uses. Chiropractors often use manual manipulation, and while some use low force, others use a more forceful technique. Some chiropractors do adjustments using instruments designed for the task. You'll want to make sure to ask the chiropractor you are considering what kind of techniques they favor, and how you should expect a typical session to go.

Many times, X-rays can be a helpful tool for associating pain with a specific diagnosis. Find out if your potential chiropractor has X-ray technology available at their office. If so, this should give you an additional measure of confidence.

Evaluate how easy you think it will be to work with this chiropractic office. If appointment times are not convenient for you, or if the office is far away from your home or work, it's not likely that you'll be able to keep all of your appointments. Also, one of the most important things to determine is whether or not your insurance company will cover the cost of your chiropractic sessions with this particular doctor.

Lastly, recognize that none of these other factors means much if you don't like the chiropractor. Is the doctor an attentive listener? Are you able to freely and comfortably talk to them? While this is based solely on a gut feeling, it's one you should rely on.

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