What to look for when choosing a Santa Fe Chiropractor
- Check reviews. Not everyone has a five star rating and that’s OK. It’s virtually impossible to please everyone, all the time. Unfortunately, some of the negative reviews you’ll see are not even legit. Take a look at the bigger picture. If there are any negative reviews, do they seem out of context with the positive reviews? How many of the reviews consist of a rating but no review? Do the positive reviews seem to be genuine or do they consist of a few words such as: Great adjustment! Does the chiropractor have multiple reviews from various well-known and respected sources? Has the chiropractor proclaimed themselves to be “The Best” and does that coincide with what you’ve read in the reviews?
- Check if any of the recommended chiropractors are covered by your insurance plan. If you receive a strong recommendation for someone not on your provider list, you might want to consider private payment. In this case call ahead and inquire about the chiropractor’s fee schedule.
- Do a quality check for credentials by accessing your state licensing board’s website to confirm qualifications and to make sure no disciplinary action has been taken against this chiropractor.
- Visit the practice website. Is it informative in layman’s terms or is the information presented hard to decipher and/or verbose. When you’re in pain and looking for a chiropractor, wading through a bunch of information is generally not appealing.
- Try to get a referral. Through friends, neighbors, family and possibly your medical doctor. Although medical doctors are more inclined to send musculoskeletal cases to physical therapists, they are not trained to diagnose and treat subluxations and your M.D. may know of a chiropractor they feel comfortable recommending. Chiropractors are primary health care providers and therefore you don’t typically need a referral from and M.D. in order for your insurance to cover your chiropractic care.
- Finally, you may want to make a few phone calls, perhaps starting with the chiropractic office closest to you. Ask about appointment availability, treatment method and any other questions you may have. This is to see if you’re treated with patience, courtesy and respect by the doctor’s office.
At this point, you will likely have one or only a few candidates. Here are some tips to look for in your initial and subsequent encounters with the chiropractor.
- Did your chiropractor provide sufficient time for you on the first visit and have they done so on subsequent visits?
- Does he or she appear eager to help you get better as quickly as possible and answer all your questions?
- Do you feel comfortable with your new chiropractor?
- Do you feel better as a result of the treatments and not just the mere passage of time? (When effective treatment is given, most patients will see a significant improvement within the first couple weeks of care, and sometimes even sooner).
- Is treatment physically comfortable? (Occasionally there may be some minor treatment soreness or even increase in symptoms after a treatment. This should not last more than a day or so, and improvement should be obvious with further care. If this happens, be sure to let your chiropractor know.)
The following may be warning signs:
- Unnecessary repeat x-ray studies.
- No improvement or even worsening does not result in a referral elsewhere.
- Pressure to sign up for an extended treatment program that spans over the course of months.
- An in-office store where you can purchase anything from key chains to T-shirts.
Most importantly, your new chiropractor should be willing to refer you to another healthcare provider if chiropractic treatment is not producing positive results in a timely fashion and even be honest enough on the initial visit let you know whether or not you are truly a candidate for chiropractic care.