Before you start chiropractic treatment, you want to ensure that the chiropractor is a good fit and that you can trust them to help you feel better. It can be challenging to know whether or not you should see a chiropractor, especially in this day and age where people can post fake reviews and testimonials that sound amazing. Fortunately, we’re here to help with a list of questions to ask your chiropractor.
Armed with these, you should be able to find a reputable chiropractor to treat you. So, without further ado, here are 4 essential questions to ask your chiropractor.
#1. Are You Licensed?
A chiropractor without a license is in no position to provide treatment to anyone. Chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic. In order to be a chiropractor, you need to get your bachelor’s degree, then your chiropractic degree. Typically, this is an additional 3 years of schooling on top of your undergraduate degree. Then, after earning the degree, your chiropractor needs to be certified by passing the NCBE (National Board of Chiropractic Examiners) exam.
Once obtaining their license, chiropractors need to ensure that they renew it as needed. Depending on the state, this can vary. Generally speaking, chiropractors need to renew their licenses every 1-3 years.
A chiropractor without a license does not have the right to practice. As such, this is one of the most important questions to ask your chiropractor. A reputable, honest chiropractor will have no problem telling you this.
#2. Can I Speak To Your References?
As previously mentioned, it’s easy for anyone to put a slider with glowing testimonials on their site. It’s also incredibly easy for people to buy fake reviews to boost their overall rating. As such, it can be difficult to know whether or not testimonials and reviews are trustworthy and truthful.
An established chiropractor should be able to provide you with references from both satisfied clients and other chiropractors. You can also check third-party review sites like TrustPilot, which are independent, meaning the reviews there are from real people who have really gone to this place. All of these questions to ask your chiropractor can give you a feel for whether or not they are trustworthy.
#3. Will Chiropractic Care Help Me?
This is one of those questions to ask your chiropractor that helps you test the waters and get a feel for how you can expect to be treated by them. Some chiropractors claim that chiropractic care can help pretty much anything and anyone. These are typically also the chiropractors that try to put you on a “maintenance plan” even after the issue you saw them for has been healed.
A chiropractor should be honest and upfront about whether or not chiropractic care is even a good treatment option for you. They should be willing to work with other medical professionals and provide you with references to others who can provide you with the treatment they can’t. They should also be willing to work with your existing medical team.
Depending on the case and what you’re seeking treatment for, your chiropractor may advise you to give a couple of chiropractic sessions a try. However, if you don’t notice a difference, or you do notice a difference in a bad way, you should be able to trust your chiropractor to refer you to someone else better suited to help your specific condition.
#4. How Long Will I Be In Treatment?
This is another one of the questions to ask your chiropractor that gives you a feel for whether or not you can trust them. Your chiropractor won’t be able to tell you exactly how many sessions it will take to improve your condition, as this can vary based on a wide variety of factors. However, they should be able to give you a ballpark estimate.
They should also be carefully monitoring your progress and let you know whether you will need fewer or more treatments than was previously stated. The end goal of your chiropractor should be to help you. If your chiropractor can’t give you a ballpark estimate and isn’t monitoring your progress, they may be in it more for the money than to actually help you.
A good chiropractor should have no problem telling you about their treatment plan and roughly how long you can expect to be in treatment.
There is a caveat to this, though. That is whether or not the chiropractor gives you their estimate in person, after a consultation, or just over the phone as you were talking to them. If they give it to you over the phone without having evaluated your condition, this is a red flag.
However, if they give you an estimate after having seen you and discussed your concerns with you, this is more of a green light.
Curious About More Questions To Ask Your Chiropractor?
These are but four of the essential questions to ask your chiropractor. If you’re looking for chiropractic care, Elite Chiropractic is here to help! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to improve your life through quality chiropractic care that addresses your needs. If you’re not sure what questions to ask your chiropractor aside from these, we can help through attentive listening to understand.