When going through the process of selecting your Chiropractor, you need to consider a number of factors. Besides having an understanding of an individual Chiropractor’s philosophies and techniques, you also need to consider what fees they charge, if they provide payment plans and how the overall business is set up.
There are a number of questions recommended by Spine-Health.com that you can ask a prospective clinic. Since some chiropractic clinics offer cash discounts for services not covered by your insurance and others may or may not provide a written assessment of your diagnosis, it’s good to know what questions to ask ahead of time.
Some questions include:
- Is the chiropractor in the patient’s insurance provider network?
- What is the policy at the chiropractic clinic for payment of services that are denied by the insurer?
- Is there a charge for the initial consultation?
- What are the chiropractor’s fees for the initial examination?
- What are the fees for the adjustment treatments?
- What kind of discounts does the chiropractor offer?
- How long is the average wait time in the waiting room?
- Does the chiropractor provide the recommended treatment plan in writing?
- Does the chiropractor offer a list of professional references?
Many chiropractors will be able to provide a list of the other healthcare professionals in your area that they work alongside with. These professions usually include:
- Physical Therapists
- Medical Doctors
- Acupuncturists (we have services at Reaves Chiropractic)
- Massage Therapists (we have services at Reaves Chiropractic)
- Naturopathic Doctor
- Pain Management Specialists
Potential Red Flags about Chiropractic Treatment Programs
It is important to be aware of chiropractic clinics that depend on specific marketing approaches to find new patients. Also, be wary of clinics who work to encourage you to sign-up for long-term treatments. Things to look out for include: Watch out for long-term contract offers based on a brief exam. They may also offer a free spinal exam. Often these offers come via a coupon vendor or health fair kiosk. This approach is
OK to get your attention if you are being encouraged to sign a long-term contract, especially before you’ve undergone a thorough exam, it’s time to walk away. Most treatments should only last 4-6 weeks before a re-evaluation exam to check in on the progress. Other treatments may take even less time yet some may take more time. Your Chiropractic should keep you updated throughout your treatments.
Essentially, when looking for a provider, know that you must be evaluated before a diagnosis can be made. No promises or treatments should be pronounced without a complete examination.
Considering Chiropractic Care? Please, give us a call. We’d love to talk with you and help you start you path towards a pain free, enjoyable life.
Interested in learning more about chiropractic techniques? read in greater detail here.