How to Find A Qualified Chiropractor

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Does your back pain have you on the hunt for a good chiropractor? Chiropractors, similar to doctors, must be licensed by the Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.) which involves completion of college level science courses and a rigorous national exam. When searching for the right chiropractor, it is important to ask about their
qualifications and professional background. In addition, you should feel comfortable talking with and trusting your chiropractor on a personal level. Having a chiropractor who you feel is competent and trustworthy will make the physical treatment process more comfortable and rewarding.

Where To Start?

If you are experiencing neck, back, or joint pain, your first step should be consulting with your doctor. Your physician will be able to assess your pain and recommend a chiropractic specialist that is best suited for treating your specific condition. There are a variety of different techniques and joint manipulation styles utilized in chiropractic practice. Your doctor likely has chiropractors they have worked with in the past and trust to aid your specific condition.

While getting a physician’s referral may be helpful, it is not necessary in order to see a chiropractor. Oftentimes, friends and family can also provide helpful recommendations based on their past experiences with a good chiropractor.

Here are some additional resources you can use to find a qualified chiropractor:

The American Chiropractic Association keeps record of all board certified chiropractors. Click on the search function and input your specific location for a list of all licensed chiropractors in your area.

Give your state Chiropractic Society a call. If looking for a St. Petersburg Chiropractor, call 850-245-4111

Do Your Research

Doing a quick google search of “Chiropractor St. Petersburg” will provide you with a list of nearby therapy clinics, their website, hours, the services they offer, etc. It is important
to look through this info to decipher some basic information. For instance, do they work alone or in a group practice? Is this something that matters to you? Are they close enough to you to easily attend all your sessions? Do they have good reviews and returning patients? Take a minute to think over some of the traits you want in a chiropractor and then compare the information you’ve collected to find your best fit. It can also be helpful to give the chiropractor’s office a call. Here are some questions to ask when calling a chiropractor’s office:

  • Will I always be seen by the same chiropractor or are there multiple? How long does a typical appointment last?
  • Are lab tests & x-rays done on-site or will I have to go elsewhere?
  • Are you available on weekends or evenings?
  • Is my insurance accepted?
  • Are emergency visits accepted?
  • Does It Feel Right?

Chiropractic care is a very physical, hands-on type of treatment. Qualifications aside, it is essential that you feel comfortable with your chiropractor and are able to trust them to satisfy your wants and needs. On your first face-to-face visit, make sure you are vocal with your chiropractor about your expectations. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be meticulous, it is your body after all. Here are some questions you may want to ask your chiropractor on the first visit:

  • Are you confident you will be able to treat my problem?
  • Do you have experience treating this type of injury?
  • What are the treatments/methods you plan to use?
  • How many sessions do you expect this to take?
  • What are the tell-tale signs that this is working?
  • Do They Have A Plan Of Action?

Chiropractic care is an ongoing process that can typically take a few weeks to a few months. Ask your chiropractor on your first visit if they have an estimated time frame for your treatment. Some chiropractors will be able to provide an estimation based on their experience treating your type of condition. Though, it is not uncommon for chiropractic treatment to be completely dependent on how your body, specifically, responds to the stimulation. If a solid time-frame isn’t possible, your chiropractor should still be able to lay out the goals they have for your treatment and a possible time-frame for achieving these goals. If having a definite schedule is important to you, ask your chiropractor to create a treatment plan after your first visit that contains the details of how many visits they expect you to need and how much it will cost. If you don’t find a schedule necessary, your chiropractor might prefer to arrange 1-2 sessions at a time and see how your body responds from there.

After Your First Visit

Once you’ve sat down with a chiropractor and gone over all the basics, ask yourself: Do I feel comfortable with this? It is important that you feel 100% safe and able to trust the therapist providing your care so you can return to optimal health and wellness as quickly as possible. Did the chiropractor answer all your questions respectfully and accurately? If you leave your first visit feeling confident in your recovery process, you’ve likely found the right chiropractor for you.

The Total Vitality Medical Group chiropractic team includes professionals who are knowledgeable, caring, and dedicated to providing patients with the high-quality care they deserve. Each chiropractor has the goal of helping you return to the regular activities you love, so you can start enjoying life again. Contact a St. Petersburg Chiropractor today by calling us at (727)-726-1460 or visiting our website here.

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