Spine and musculoskeletal injuries are common. Whether you have suffered the trauma of an accident or have muscular strain, headaches and blurred vision, a chiropractor is a good choice for care. By treating the entire body and returning the skeletal system to correct alignment, most patients recover fully and pain is virtually eliminated. If you are suffering from pain, stiffness, headaches, and other issues, you should definitely talk to a general doctor firsthand. However, don’t discard seeing a chiropractor as well. Chiropractors are specialists in the areas of the spine, nervous and also the musculoskeletal systems of the body – and these are the areas that get damaged the most when there’s a car accident, and that most often cause issues that are not easily detected.
How to choose a great Chiropractor
Similarly with any other type of doctor (but maybe even more with this kind of specialty), it is essential that you feel comfortable with your Chiropractor, as this type of medicine requires a lot of direct contact between doctor and patient. You should consider a few factors before choosing your chiropractor:
- Your doctor’s gender
You may feel more comfortable during treatments if the doctor is from a specific gender; this is something that you should pay attention to and that you can use to filter between the available doctors before you make your choice. Chiropractic treatments can require several sessions, so you need to make sure that you are comfortable enough with your doctor for long-term treatments.
- Recommendations from other doctors and patients
Ideally, you should opt for a doctor that has been recommended by other doctors that you trust, and also by your family members and friends. If your family or friends have been happy with the way a specific doctor has been treating them, you’ll likely have the same experience. And if your family or spine doctor can recommend a chiropractor to you, it’s a great first step, and if you end up choosing that doctor, at least you know that your entire medical team gets along nicely and works well as a team – and that really benefits your treatment outcome.
- The facilities
If possible, find the time to check the facility before actually booking a consultation. Try to have a chat with the staff, so you can see if they are friendly and professional. Look at the waiting room and try to see if it’s comfortable, if there are too many people waiting for their turn, and if the wait time is unusually long. When we are in physical pain, these things do matter.
- The business behind the doctor
Everyone knows that every doctor’s office is, ultimately, a business, and it’s always a good idea to make sure that the actual business that your doctor is running is in good standing. So, ideally, you should check with the Better Business Bureau if the Chiropractor carries a nice rating and if everything is legal. We also advise you to ask your doctor several questions: for example, how long have they been in business? Are they OK with your insurance company and policy? Do they have experience in dealing with victims from car accidents? Can they discuss long-term treatment plans with you? And, if so, will they be available to sort things out with you to make sure you get the treatment you need – financially, physically and intellectually? Also, be sure to ask yourself if their billing terms sound reasonable to you.
These are some of the factors that you need to consider when choosing a Chiropractor. In the Spencer County area, we have found many high-quality doctors, and we have selected our top two choices below. However, feel free to do your own research so you can find the best doctor for your specific situation.
Dr. Charles M. Cochran DC
Dr. Charles Cochran of Cochran Chiropractic is an experienced and popular doctor. He has been a leader in his field for more than 30 years. He uses the latest tools and technology and the comfort of his patients is a priority. Dr. Cochran offers free consultations.
Dr. Beth Adams Spencer
Dr. Beth Adams Spencer specializes in chiropractic medicine for the entire family. From pediatric chiropractic medicine, to care for expectant mothers, and even specialized care for senior citizens, your treatments are appropriate for your condition. Dr. Spencer is a much loved member of the community.