Finding the right chiropractor can be a very personal decision
Every year, 27 million Americans seek chiropractic assistance for spinal injuries and chronic disability, with 1 million spinal adjustments being done every business day in the United States.
That is a lot of back pain!
Now if you are looking for a chiropractor, you may have some important questions to ask. Going to a doctor of chiropractic, just like going to a new G.P. can be a very personal decision. You will be wanting to make sure you make the right decision and that you know as much as possible before having any chiropractic treatment.
This article out lines what we think are the best tips to help you find the best chiropractor!
What does a chiropractor cost?
The average chiropractic treatment costs $65 however; rates can range from a low of $30 all the way to, and past, $200 per chiropractic session. This makes your choice of Chiropractor a potentially expensive proposition. Therefore, it pays to shop around to find the Doctor of Chiropractic best suited to your condition.
One great thing about most Chiropractors is that the initial treatment session won’t cost you anything (this can vary by Chiropractor, so be sure to check in advance) as he/she will gather information and discuss a preliminary treatment plan with you.
What type of treatment do chiropractors offer?
You should be aware that Chiropractors offer specialized treatments such as (but not limited to):
- Heat therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation
- Massage therapy
- Nutritional counselling
- Other treatments that may lower your pain and speed your recovery.
Of course the primary treatment is chiropractic – through the ‘hands-on’ chiropractic adjustment. The chiropractor applies a precise force to a problematic area, usually your back or spine. The goal is the increase joint range of motion, reduce feelings of pain and improve flexibility.
A quick online search can help you find a Chiropractor in your area and one that specializes in the treatment of your spinal condition.
As a general rule, chiropractors looks to help you with the following:
“Chiropractic is a patient-centered, hands-on approach to health that’s focused on influencing bodily function through structural correction” – Dr. Rosemarie (Chiropractor)
Do I need a treatment plan?
Calling the Chiropractors office allows you the opportunity to understand pricing, approximately how long it will take to work through your back pain to a successful outcome, and a rough idea of the total treatment cost. Your chiropractor should provide you with a treatment plan or in the very least give you a verbal outline of a plan.
As you begin to respond to the treatments over the next few days or weeks, the Chiropractor may alter your treatment plan (for instance, if you’re making better than expected progress) or he/she may introduce additional therapies, such as using alternating heat and ice compression to reduce the pain and swelling of the original injury.
Of course, like any professional, Chiropractors cannot diagnose nor treat your condition over the phone; so all information given at that time must be considered estimates.
How long will I need to see a chiropractor for?
In addition, some people heal quicker than others, while others such as professional athletes, may decide to continue to play the sport or do the activity that caused or aggravated their back injury to begin with.
Although it must be said that very gentle exercise can improve the speed of your recovery. Your Chiropractor is the best one to provide that guidance.
Your personalised treatment plan should take into account all of these factors.
Am I covered by health insurance?
Your company health insurance plan may pick up part, or all the treatment costs, or your government healthcare plan may pay for some or all of your treatment. Feel free to discuss with the Chiropractor’s office your healthcare coverage and at which point you will be expected to cover the cost of the treatment sessions.
- A recent study says that 94% of patients reported at least a 30% reduction in pain after only four chiropractic treatments (four weeks) however, those patients who chose an accelerated treatment schedule showed even better improvement.
- The American Chiropractic Association found that patients receiving three to four treatment sessions per week (over 3 weeks) noted substantial and more immediate pain reduction.
Therefore, you will want to discuss your various treatment options with your Chiro at the initial visit.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has an incredibly useful website where you can search for a Chiro in your area and it also displays those practitioners who specialize in your condition.