You go to your chiropractor for a long-standing problem and they recommend injection therapy and an electrical stimulation unit. Or maybe you’re not even there about any specific ailment; it’s just “wellness care” – whatever that means. The point is, you’re desperate to find relief from the pain and pressure in your spine, or else you wouldn’t have made an appointment.
But after your first visit, you walk away feeling worse than when you arrived. You have a throbbing headache, you feel more tense and sore than ever, and worst of all, your problem seems to have gotten worse. What do you do now?
First, it’s important to remember that not every chiropractor is right for every person. Some techniques may work well for one individual but not so well for another. If you feel like your chiropractor isn’t a good fit for you, it’s perfectly acceptable to find someone else who can help.
Assess the Situation
But if you’re not sure whether or not to switch chiropractors, here are some questions you can ask yourself to assess the situation:
1. If your chiropractor took x-rays or performed other diagnostic procedures, did they explain what the results showed? What specific adjustment or treatment plan were they planning to use based on those findings?
2. How many different ways do they try to treat your condition? Do they use a variety of techniques, or just one?
3. Did they take the time to answer all of your questions fully? Or did they brush you off and seem like they were in a hurry?
4. How do you feel after your visits? Better, worse, or unchanged?
5. Has your condition improved since you started treatment?
6. Would you recommend this clinic to your family and friends, or are you hesitant to do so because of the way they handled things?
7. Do you feel like your time is respected when you’re in their office, or do they make you feel rushed?
8. If someone recommended this chiropractor to you, would you feel comfortable trying them out?
If you answered “no” to more than a couple of these questions, it might be time to find a new chiropractor. Keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all answer; what works for one person may not work for another. But if you’re feeling uncomfortable or uncertain with your care, it’s best to trust those feelings and start looking for a new doctor.
If your chiropractor has really messed up, then it would be a good idea to reach out to come clinical experts, to see what they can do about getting you the relief you need, physically and financially.
There are plenty of chiropractors out there who can offer quality treatment, so don’t settle for anything less than the best! If you have any questions or would like help finding a chiropractor in your area, feel free to give me a call. I’m happy to help./