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Three Important Questions to Ask When Seeking Chiropractic Care
Asking the right questions can help you find a chiropractic care provider that specializes in treating your condition and that practices a healthcare philosophy that aligns with your unique, personal treatment needs.
All chiropractors generally offer similar services, but some have more experience working with certain populations than others, while some develop personalized treatments as opposed to one-size-fits-all plans.
When looking for a chiropractor, it’s important that you take these and other factors into consideration to ensure you find a provider that can effectively treat your condition and help you feel positive about your prognosis and confident in your progress.
Here are the top three questions to ask when seeking chiropractic care.
1. What Types of Patients Do You Typically Treat?
Though a chiropractor may treat a variety of conditions and patients from all walks of life, it helps to know which demographics and populations they treat most frequently. Some questions to keep in mind while researching practitioners in your area are:
- Does the chiropractor primarily treat athletes, or are most of their patients older adults with chronic pain?
- Do they treat children?
- Do they treat women who are pregnant?
Try to find a chiropractor that works with your specific demographic, and who has extensive experience in treating your condition and symptoms. If their website doesn't dive into details, you can always call or send a contact form for more information.
2. What Is Your Treatment Approach and Philosophy?
Ask prospective chiropractors about their treatment approach, and about their philosophy and mission when it comes to patient care. Some chiropractors adopt a one-size-fits-all approach that may not fully address your needs, or that includes components of care that may not benefit your condition or situation. For example, if you need short-term treatment for a minor injury, steer clear of chiropractors that suggest costly, long-term treatment plans that go on for several months.
Look for chiropractors willing to develop an individualized treatment plan for you based on your condition, personal preferences, and unique recovery needs, as these providers are likely to be more invested in your satisfaction and health outcome.
3. Which Chiropractic Techniques and Tools Do You Use?
Ask the chiropractor about the techniques and tools they typically use to diagnose and treat patients, then do your own research to find out what those techniques entail. For instance, many traditional chiropractors use and rely on X-ray results, while others may perform a Selective Functional Movement Assessment to identify and diagnose certain musculoskeletal dysfunction among those experiencing chronic pain. Use what you learn to determine your preferred chiropractor based on the techniques they use to diagnose and treat patients.
At Team Elite Chiropractic, we specialize in sports injury rehabilitation and develop individualized treatment plans for all our patients. We invite you to ask all the questions you need to feel comfortable and confident about the chiropractic care we deliver. Feel free to contact us anytime!