While many patients discover the value of chiropractic care after suffering pain or injury, it’s actually an excellent form of preventative medicine. That means that your relationship with your chiropractor should ideally be ongoing and for an extended period of time.
When choosing a back care provider, it’s important to find someone that you trust who has the tools to meet your unique needs. Here are a few things I recommend to my friends and family to help find the right chiropractor.
Look for a Variety of Care Options. When shopping for a new chiropractor, look for offices that offer multiple services all under one roof. For example, Oakland Spine offers chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, laser therapy, and acupuncture. While you might not need to utilize every single service an office provides, it’s good to have alternative solutions to address an issue that might arise.
In addition, offices that provide a variety of care options have a larger team of experts. This means built-in second opinions and overall better results. If one type of care isn’t working for you, the entire team can collaborate to find a solution that will.
Find a Provider that is Patient-Centric. With so many choices for chiropractic care, there’s absolutely no reason for you to see a chiropractor that does not prioritize their patients first. I’ve seen far too many doctor’s offices that clearly put the needs and wants of the doctor over those of their patients.
Here are a few red flags that a care provider might not be patient-centric:
- It’s difficult to make an appointment. Either it’s hard to get anyone on the phone or there are no appointments for weeks or even months. This is an indicator that the doctor’s needs come first.
- Office hours are not convenient or staff can’t work with you to find an appointment time that fits your needs.
- You’re left waiting for an unreasonable amount of time before being seen by the doctor.
- Payment options are not flexible, and/or they don’t work with many insurance companies.
Patient-centric care providers will:
- Do whatever it takes to get you the care that you need as soon as possible.
- Make you feel heard and respected at every point of contact, whether it be in the office or over the phone. This means respecting your time, answering any and all questions you might have, and educating you about your condition and treatment.
- Work with you to ensure that your treatment costs and your existing budget can coexist.
Check Out the Office. You can be one of the most skilled back care providers out there, but if your office is outdated or unkempt, patients aren’t going to get the best experience possible. Look for an office space that is clean and caters to patient comfort. If a doctor cares about their patients’ experiences, the condition of the office will reflect that.
As I stated before, your relationship with your chiropractor should ideally be an ongoing one. Don’t settle for a care provider that you don’t love. Don’t know where to start? Call Oakland Spine today to see if we would be a good fit for you.