How to Choose a Chiropractor

| May 15, 2012

finding a local chiropractor

A chiropractor can help you with back and neck pains and even headaches. If you’re in the market for a chiropractor, gather a few names from the Dex pages and use the following tips to help you choose the right one.

Check out credentials

In order to be state-licensed, chiropractors must have a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree and pass an extensive exam given by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Contemplate costs

Chiropractors’ cost-per-visit can vary widely, so ask about the rates upfront. However, this isn’t the only fee that should concern you. Choose a couple of chiropractors whose rates seem reasonable and schedule a consultation. At the appointment, the chiropractor will make recommendations for your treatment schedule, so factor into your analysis how many visits each chiropractor asks you to make.

Consider location and hours

Because you’ll be making semi-frequent visits to your chiropractor, at least for awhile, choose a conveniently located office. Make sure your chiropractor’s hours work for you and ask whether you can make a weekend appointment if it’s difficult for you to go during the week.

Communicate with your chiropractor

You should begin to see at least minor improvements after two or three visits to your chiropractor. If you don’t, then it is up to you to let your chiropractor know. He or she will likely readjust your treatment plan at that time. Also, if any pains or injuries seem to be getting worse, tell your chiropractor right away because you may need to see a medical doctor before resuming your chiropractic treatments.

Tips & Warnings

  • Because the majority of insurance plans cover at least a portion of chiropractic care, ask whether the office accepts your insurance.
  • Chiropractic adjustments are not recommended for patients with advanced osteoporosis or nerve damage.
  • Patients may experience minor side effects such as headaches and fatigue after chiropractic treatments.
  • Some patients ask their chiropractors to forgo neck manipulations because of the rare occurrence of these manipulations resulting in strokes.

Did you know?

  • Chiropractic care got its start in the 1890s.
  • Besides spinal adjustments, many chiropractors will share recommendations for other treatments, such as massage, exercise and weight management.

To find a chiropractor near you, look in the Dex listings.

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Category: Chiropractors & Massage Therapists, Health & Fitness