Finding the right Chiropractor can be challenging because you are a unique individual with unique circumstances.
Finding the right Chiropractor is like finding the right pair of shoes. It may take going to several before you find the right one for you. Although there are some excellent Chiropractors that do a terrific job not all Chiropractors are good. Here are some things to consider: One of the most important things about finding the right Chiropractor is that even though you may have already been to one before and did not have a good experience or outcome, don’t shut yourself out from finding the right Chiropractor.
Chiropractic is the largest natural healthcare system in the world! There are many more Chiropractors today than there were 10 years ago. I have seen many patients that had been seen by other Chiropractors. People change for a variety of reasons. Probably the most common reasons I hear are, “It is too far from where I live or work”, “I was not getting results” and “I didn’t feel I was getting personalized care”.
If you feel the need to change because of one of the above reasons or something else, have you tried discussing it with your Chiropractor? Doctors of Chiropractic are human too. They suffer from burnout, insurance nightmares, employee problems and the list goes on. That is not an excuse but if you are in a situation where you don’t feel like you are being listened too or feel like you’re just another number and you have brought it up maybe it’s time you start looking for a new Chiropractor.
Some Chiropractors have excellent people and communication skills and some don’t. Some excel in treating certain health problems like disc herniations and others excel in nutritional counseling. Some are excellent at spinal adjusting, some are too rough and some are afraid to hurt you so they are too gentle and do not get good results. In fact they are so gentle that many times the results are poor. Some Chiropractors are really good at focusing on the money. Some are excellent at what they do and don’t charge close to what each visit is worth.
There are a variety of sub-specialties that Chiropractors can get certified in. Radiology, Neurology, Pediatrics, Sports Injuries, Spinal Trauma and Orthopedics are some. Some Chiropractors never stop learning and attending Conferences.
It is difficult finding one that excels in many areas. Sometimes the best way to find a good Chiropractor is to ask family and friends whom they go see.If they don’t have a Chiropractor then you need to do some homework. You may need to visit several Chiropractors and ask specific questions before you find one that you are compatible with. You need to search for one who has success treating your kind of problem. Would you want to go to a surgeon for a back surgery if he only has done one ?
Try not to let your insurance restrict whom you see because they are not “in network.” Sometimes it is better to go with the Chiropractor that several people have recommended, even if he/she is not in your network and you have to pay cash out of pocket. It is much better to go to someone where you get results even if it means you have to pay more or drive farther. What is it worth to get rid of pain, sleep well, get rid of those nagging headaches and start living a normal life again and doing the things you used to love to do! What is your health worth? Too many people miss the boat because of this problem and then they actually end up paying more out of pocket because of the co-pay and deductibles.
It would, of course, be ideal to find a Chiropractor who is “in network” that has excellent skills. That’s why you are paying for health insurance in the first place. Unfortunately, dealing with insurance companies can be frustrating. I have heard plenty of situations where insurance companies limit the amount of chiropractic visits or simply deny coverage. I see a trend where people are paying cash because insurance deductibles are getting ridiculously high and co-payments are also going up to $40-50 for specialists which Chiropractors are.
Hollywood producer Michael Moore’s movie SICKO documents many similar stories. There are also many books about our failing healthcare system and insurance companies if you are not a fan of Michael Moore. Denzel Washington starred in the movie John Q precisely about how his insurance company was denying his son a heart transplant. Patients have shared many real life similar stories with me over the years.
On a more positive note, Chiropractic continues to grow and gain popularity despite the trend of limited insurance coverage. People are also sick and tired of going to their medical doctors and just keep getting more pills. I have treated hundreds of patients after they had many trials of prescription drugs, injections and surgery only to have the pain return or told they needed surgery when I was able to correct their disc herniation and prevent those surgeries. I have made Chiropractic care AFFORDABLE and provide PERSONALIZED CARE. My practice continues to GROW because of this.
Most people will respond wonderfully to good Chiropractic care. In my practice I use many different physical therapy modalities. I use therapeutic magnets, inversion therapy (hanging upside down), stretching, different types of massages and massage tools, affordable orthotics for your feet without having to refer patients to the podiatrist and much more. I also teach my patients on what they should be doing at home, specific exercises and therapy and things they should avoid. Self-care is a vital part of getting you well, getting pain free and rehabilitating injuries. Read my article The Best Doctor For You Is You here http://drcarlosmgonzalez.com/?p=694
In looking for a Chiropractor, you could also ask questions like, “Do you have an area that you specialize in?” Or “What types of patients do you like to treat most?” Another good question to ask is, “Have you taken any post graduate training?”
In interviewing a new Chiropractor, be sure to listen to your gut feeling. It is usually right.
But as the saying goes, you really can’t judge a book by its cover. The doctor might have many diplomas and certificates proudly displayed but is a terrible communicator, people person or too rough/too gentle when it comes to adjusting and treating the spine.
Another Chiropractor may not have many certificates or awards but be excellent at treating patients. You really need to ask family, friends and co-workers and ask them a lot of questions. Ask the details like what to expect. Does he or she explain things well or are they in a hurry? Was he/she gentle or too rough? Did he/she use an instrument to adjust your spine? Did he/she ask what you were looking to get out of the visit? Did he/she try to sell you a lengthy treatment plan? Not that lengthy treatment plans are all bad but is that what you are looking for when you are in pain and want pain relief as fast as possible instead of signing up for a long and lengthy plan?
These are some of the more important things to look for when looking for the right Chiropractor for YOU! The important thing is to have an excellent Chiropractor as part of your healthcare team. As I have been saying for many years “You don’t know what you are missing until you know what you’ve been missing.” Find the right Chiropractor for YOU and start living a Healthier, Happier and more Productive Life!!