What you should look for in a chiropractor
What you should look for in a chiropractor depends on your healthcare needs. Chiropractors are licensed medical professionals who use manual manipulation of the spine to temporarily relieve back or neck pain without medication or surgery. However, chiropractors, like medical doctors, specialize in certain fields. Finding a chiropractor who has experience dealing with your particular disorder can be an important step toward finding lasting relief.
Check the credentials of your prospective chiropractor
When you do locate a chiropractor who specializes in your area or condition, you will want to make sure the chiropractor you select is licensed to practice by your state. You should look for the following basic credentials:
- A four-year Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from an institution accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education
- Additional study, often in the form of a two- or three-year residency, in medical fields such as orthopedics, biomechanics, neurology, physiology or rehabilitation
- Completion of a competency examination administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- Annual continuing education courses or programs administered by the American Chiropractic Association or other accredited chiropractic organizations
Other factors to consider
In addition to education and certification, you’ll want to make sure the chiropractor you choose has a good reputation and is someone whose methodology matches your expectations. Consider each of the following before making a decision:
- Safety. Have this chiropractor’s patients complained of manipulation-related complications?
- Effectiveness. Are there patient testimonials to show how well this chiropractor’s methods have worked?
- Philosophy. Does this chiropractor embrace evidence-based diagnosis methods, as well as other conservative treatments such as physical therapy?
- Competence. Have there been actions taken against this chiropractor by a regulatory board?
In a large number of cases, patients are able to find lasting relief from spine conditions by following a course of conservative treatment that often includes chiropractic care. If you do exhaust conservative treatments and are being recommended for surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute. The spine specialists at Laser Spine Institute perform minimally invasive spine surgery on an outpatient basis that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery.^
To help you find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, we are happy to provide a no-cost MRI or CT scan review.*