Proper preparation for your first visit to a chiropractor is essential. An important part of the preparation process is having the right questions in mind. They make it possible to stay in charge of your health and determine whether your chiropractor is your best option. Dr. James Sheehan suggests that you keep the following questions in mind before working with a chiropractor:
1. What Techniques Do You Use?
Different chiropractors may use different techniques. Some of them may be proficient in specific techniques. However, some conditions may require the use of multiple techniques. The best chiropractors should be able to use various techniques for different problems.
2. Can You Offer Any Recommendations?
Your chiropractors should be willing to give you recommendations in writing. When you have a few recommendations in mind, you can think about them and make a decision. They should give you an up-front explanation of the care you need, how long it will last, what it can do for you, and how much it will cost.
3. Do You Have Payment Plans?
Find out the types of payment plans that your chiropractor may offer. With the right plans, you can get the care you need without major financial stress. Most quality practices are happy to offer payment plans even when you have no insurance.
4. Can You Give Me Prevention Tips?
Treating you is not enough. Your chiropractor should be able to give you tips to prevent similar problems from happening in the future. Preventing pain from reoccurring can be easier than you think.
5. Do You Have Scientific Evidence for Your Recommendations?
All recommendations that your chiropractor gives should have a scientific explanation. If they are making a recommendation with nothing to support it, you may need to keep exploring your options. Even though recommendations may be based on experience, it is always important to have scientific evidence. All patients and conditions are different so it is not always possible to give a prediction based on other patients’ experiences.
6. Can You Guarantee Satisfaction?
Doctors cannot always guarantee good results. However, your chiropractor should give you a guarantee of unconditional satisfaction. They should assure you of quality services and customer service. Every office visit should be satisfactory. The members of staff should speak with you respectfully and your chiropractor should allow you to ask questions when you need to.
7. Can You Provide a List of References?
Ask your chiropractor for at least five references. At least three of them should be their current patients. Ideally, you should get both professional and patient references. If your chiropractor has satisfied patients, you are likely to be satisfied as well. If their patients are unsatisfied, it is a reflection of their service. Your chiropractor should be able to produce at least two professionals that can attest to their work. Once you have your list of references, contact them, and ask about their experiences.
Asking the right questions can help you determine whether a chiropractor is suitable for you. Even though there are many chiropractors, finding the best one for your needs can be a challenge.