In a world of options what is the best way to find a chiropractor? Public perception, according to a 2006 Gallup Poll, still views chiropractors as the least favorable of medical professionals when it comes to honesty and ethical standards.
Yet, another poll’s responses shows that 83% of the people surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of chiropractic care received. With such opposing views how can you be assured you’re making the right choice when seeking out a chiropractor?
The steps to find a chiropractor Find a Chiropractor below can assist you in being prepared to make an informed decision.
Ask your friends, family members, and associates if they are currently seeing a chiropractor or have seen one in the past. Ask them, if they don’t mind sharing, what was the reason they went to a chiropractor, and how was their experience.
Search online for a local chiropractor using one of the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or MSN. The quickest way to pull up reliable information is to type in your location and chiropractor.
Open up your phone book and look through the yellow pages.
Make list of chiropractors using steps 1 through 3 above and then move on to step
Visit the websites of those on your list. If they don’t have a website move them to the bottom of your list. Spend some time at their site reading through the available information: services provided, credentials, testimonies, location, hours of service, etc.
During your research make note of any chiropractor that offers a free consultation. These are the ones you want to call first.
Set up an initial appointment with at least 3 different clinics. Ask them if they accept insurance and what do you need to bring to your appointment.
During your visit to each clinic make note of the following: – What’s the professional image of the clinic? Neat, Clean, Dirty, Cluttered? – How courteous is the staff? What’s the waiting area like? Comfortable chairs, TV’s, etc. – Are there informative brochures available to take home with you?
During your consultation with the chiropractor ask the following questions: – Where did they go to school? – Are they licensed? Certified? Bonded?
Chiropractors must endure a rigorous education program that leads to their licensing and awarding of their Doctor. Mandated minimum requirements are ninety hours of undergraduate education just as a prerequisite to enter chiropractic school and then a full-time schedule resulting in at least 4200 instructional hours. There are other requirements (national, state, and/or local) that must be met based on where the Chiropractor wants to work. The Council on Chiropractic Education accredits schools in the U.S. Currently there are eighteen accredited Doctor of Chiropractic programs in the United States.
Take note of any claims the chiropractor may make about how they can treat you and what they can do with regards to your health. If they make any outrageous claims like how their treatments can cure cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. politely excuse yourself and scratch that one off your list.
These steps are by no means exhaustive in their approach and I’m sure there are more you or others can think of to take. However, they’re a start and if followed can assist you in making an educated decision when trying to find a chiropractor.
Put the steps above into action and find a chiropractor in the local Lincoln Way area of New Lenox, Mokena, & Frankfort Illinois.
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