Many people have heard about chiropractors for years and may have even wondered if they can help with some of the pain that they’ve been in, but until now, something has been holding them back from scheduling an appointment. This is often the case for many first-time patients. Understanding some of the things that you should look for when “shopping” for a new medical provider can help relieve some of your apprehension. Here are a few components to help you choose the right chiropractor for you before scheduling the first appointment.
Check the Reviews
This doesn’t mean that you should simply do an online search and trust everything that you’ve read. Ask some of your friends, family, or neighbors to see if they have any suggestions or cautionary tales about chiropractors in your area. These suggestions are invaluable because they want you to receive the best care possible and won’t hold back when letting you know if there are any issues.
You should also check online reviews. While these aren’t always accurate, and often overrepresent negative aspects, they can be helpful to see if similar issues occur and how responsive that office is to their patients’ needs.
Check with Your Insurance
Chiropractic care is often a covered practice, but that doesn’t mean that all providers are covered by all insurances. You can ask the chiropractic office if they accept your insurance, but it’s also important to verify that information with your insurance carrier. Many insurance companies will identify all the covered providers in your area, which can help you narrow your search.
Research your Condition
While you shouldn't depend entirely on your internet search to understand your condition, it can be helpful to gain some insight. If you think that you can identify what issue you might be having, it can be helpful to investigate the potential treatments and causes. As you continue your research, be sure to write down some questions for your chiropractic office. This can help to ensure that you receive the care that you want and that the office has experience with your specific concerns.
Call the Office
Now that you’ve gathered your background information, it’s time to make some phone calls. When you call the office, you should ask some of your questions in order to get a general feel for the professionalism of the staff. Are they attentive to your needs? Do you feel like they took the time to adequately address your questions? Were they competent? Does the chiropractor have experience dealing with your specific issues?
If you feel like the office is a good fit, you should then see about scheduling. While many offices are busy, you’ll want to make sure that you can be seen in an acceptable amount of time.
Analyze Your Appointment
After your first appointment, you should evaluate your care to make sure that you’re receiving everything that you need. Just because you visit a chiropractor doesn’t mean that you are locked into that provider if they don't seem like a good fit. Here are a few questions that you can ask yourself to make sure that your chiropractor remains an adequate choice for you:
Was the office environment suitable?
Did your chiropractor spend the time to answer your questions and explain your treatment?
Are the treatments helping your condition?
Is the treatment comfortable?
Does your chiropractor seem invested in your health?
If you answer yes to these questions, you should be confident that you are receiving excellent care. However, if you have any concerns, you should discuss them with your chiropractor so they can correct any issues.
If you’ve been holding off on seeking chiropractic care, now is the time to book your first appointment. Many people don’t get the help that they need and continue to live in pain. And those who do seek help, often talk about their hesitations to call, and that they wish they had made an appointment sooner.