Questions to Consider When Choosing a Chiropractor

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The following questions may help you select the right chiropractor for you.

How much experience does your chiropractor have?

  • How long has the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) been in practice?
  • Does the doctor have a specialty that is related to your health care needs?
  • Is the DC experienced in performing procedures you are interested in?
    Female patient in consultation with medical professional.Are your concerns or questions answered completely and understandably?

What are your chiropractor's credentials?

  • Is the DC licensed to practice chiropractic in your state?
  • Has there been any adverse action against the doctor from their examining board?
  • Does the doctor have a "diplomate" (specialty certification) in a particular area (eg, neurology, orthopaedics, sports medicine, nutrition, internal disorders, pediatrics, or rehabilitation)?
  • Does the doctor have a diplomate in a specialty that meets your needs?

How comfortable are you with the chiropractic doctor?

  • Do you feel comfortable with the chiropractor?
  • Do you like his or her personality?
  • Are your concerns or questions answered completely and understandably?
  • Are you comfortable with all phases of the process, including consultation, examination, treatment, and follow-up?
  • Does the DC provide informed consent for treatments?
  • Does the chiropractor have consultative relationships with other doctors locally and/or in the area of other chiropractic and/or medical professions?
  • Does the DC follow up-to-date best practices from the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) at www.clinicalcompass.org?
  • Is the chiropractor’s goal to discharge the patient or to get them on lifetime “maintenance?”
  • Did the DC try to sign you up for pre-paid treatment plans or recommend long-term chiropractic care?
     

How comfortable are you with the chiropractic office and staff members?

  • Is the office staff pleasant and helpful if you have a question?
  • Do you feel you are being treated with respect and courtesy by the staff?
  • Are you able to reach the doctor if you have questions?
  • Are the office hours convenient for you?
  • Is the office located near your home or work?
  • Is the office clean and well kept, with adequate space for a waiting room and examination rooms?

A chiropractor can diagnose and provide non-surgical and non-drug treatment of many different neck and back pain disorders. Taking the time necessary to choose the best chiropractic doctor for your individual needs and comfort is important to your recovery.

Updated on: 08/08/18
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Stephen M. Perle, DC, MS
Professor of Clinical Sciences
University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic
Bridgeport, CT
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