Would you love the benefits and rehabilitative capabilities of this type of this alternative health care? With the growing population in America turning to Chiropractors for their Natural Health services you may be wondering how to pick the best Chiropractic office to “fit” you! For future Chiropractic patients, it is so vital to understand the proper guidelines for choosing the right Lansdale Chiropractic Doctor.
I want to share with you the top 5 things you as a future Chiropractic patient should be looking for.
1. The Chiropractor should RESPECT THE PATIENTS TIME!
Have you ever had the experience of showing up on time for a previously scheduled appointment only to find yourself waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the doctor? We both know how frustrating this can be! In my own opinion this is unacceptable. Of course, things can go wrong in an office, and at times life can jump out at you and throw out unexpected ups and downs. This is the time however to inform the patient that you are running late. In this type of case, I always inform my patients that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule.
The main point here of course is to prevent it from happening in the first place! No person loves waiting! Right? So when you choose a Lansdale Chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with a doctor who respects the patient’s time as much as his own. In our busy lives, we are all so pressed for time, it is here when it is a comfort knowing that your Chiropractor values and respects your time too!
2. Your Chiropractor should respect your WELL BEING!
When you have something in your health that is clearly wrong and needs to be corrected, it is so important that you are dealing with a Lansdale Chiropractic Clinic who will tell it to you straight. This is the time that you need a straight shooter. I once went to a dentist who was very nice, but he found some things wrong with me teeth and just seemed too timid to tell me the real extent of the problem. I would much rather a doctor tells me so I can determine and understand all my possible options.
When a patient sees me in my clinic, I promise to respect their well being. This means first and foremost a detailed exam for the patient so we can fully understand the extent of your problem. After that detailed exam, you can trust that I will give it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Don’t just walk away from a practitioner who will not give you the full report, run. You need to know your options in plain English. If you did not fully catch what was going on, he should be more than happy to help you understand your problem better. When it comes to your pain, to your health, you need solutions and straight conversation. That is one of the first secrets to getting better fast.
3. Try to find Recommendations and Referrals!
In the perfect world, someone telling you of a trusted Chiropractor is the place to start your search for a good Chiropractor. This is not always possible I realize. There are many other ways to find reviews however.
The second best option as mentioned above is to ask your doctor for reviews or letters of recommendation. Often times these types of things will be posted on his or her website. There are multiple other online review sources, such as Google places. If you are looking to find this, just Lansdale Chiropractic or Lansdale Chiropractor and you will see the Google places top ten list. Just click on a clinic and you can find some amazing reviews on the Chiropractor you are thinking of seeing.
4. The Warning Signs!
You need to know a couple of more things before walking into a Chiropractic office!
These are some of the “danger signs”, if your Lansdale Chiropractor exhibits them, you may want to avoid this doctor:
*Avoid a Chiropractor who merely touches your back or neck to determine if you should have an adjustment. There are many analytical ways to measure this with instrumentation and diagnostic means. If he is simply working on you every time you visit his office, you may be questioning how does he know when I am in place or out of place? Well if he is simply using his hands to determine this, he is probably missing a great deal of information as to how your nervous system is functioning. Find a Lansdale Chiropractor that has a analytical way to determine this, if it is a good way it should make sense to you and he should be able to show you the checks before and you should be able to see for yourself how they change after!
*Avoid a Chiropractor that forces you to sign a long-term treatment contract. This is a great way to save money, if YOU choose. Do not be forced into doing anything that you are not comfortable with. Chiropractic is very safe, but you have no reason to be tied to a particular chiropractor for any long-term period of time unless your condition requires it. In my office we have many care options that will suit the patient’s needs first and foremost!
- Avoid a Chiropractor that attempts to discourage you from preventative treatments and health benefits outside of Chiropractic Care, such as adequate nutrition and exercise. A Chiropractor that is looking out for you, he should at least be open to the possible means of caring for your health condition.
- Avoid a Chiropractor that is making outrageous claims that you realize are not feasible or who attempts to scare you into a treatment plan. We believe the patient should be given the respect of the proper information on their case, not amplifying the case and trying to scare them into doing what is not best for their health needs.
These are a few tell-tale signs that your Chiropractor is more concerned of his pocket book, then the patient’s welfare.
5. Look for a Good Speed Of Service!
When I first got into practice, I used to spend way to long with my new patients. It seemed to me that good service meant lengthy service.
My patients have taught me that I was very wrong! One patient said, “If you wouldn’t mind speeding things up a bit, I will be able to come into the office when I need to.” That was an eye opener! This was the moment I realized why banks and place like Starbucks really move quick to help their clients. I now see that people also wish to get in and out of their doctors visits in a timely fashion.
From that day forth, when it is possible, I strive to not hold my chiropractic patients in the office a second longer then they need for proper and complete care. Since then I have been told many times how much my patients appreciate my efforts to making their visits as smooth with as little waiting as possible.
Lansdale Chiropractors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
If you've ever been in an auto accident in [post_name] you've experienced the deluge of solicitations from [post_name] chiropractors and attorneys who are dying to help you (and get your business). It is a real turn off for most people and doesn't reflect well on either of these two professions.
As of August 1, 2008 [post_name] statute prohibits a chiropractor (or any one else) from directly contacting someone who has been in an auto accident. (See [post_name] Statute 609.612 Employment of Runners).
The law does not prohibit mailings, but does prohibit telephoning or emailing. In [post_name] many chiropractors are solicited by marketing services that go down to the Department of Motor Vehicles and gather information on who has been in an auto accident recently from the accident reports (which are public domain). For a monthly fee the marketing service will gather the names of whomever has been in an auto accident in your ZIP code area and send them a letter on your behalf.
Aside from the relatively few [post_name] chiropractors who engage in such marketing ploys, the real question is 'Is it worth it for you to consider seeing a [post_name] chiropractor if you've been in an auto accident?'
Should you see a [post_name] chiropractor if you've been injured in an auto accident?
Many [post_name] chiropractors treat patients who have suffered injuries in auto accidents. That it is reasonable for chiropractors to treat such injuries has been supported by research into the benefits of chiropractic for such injuries. All sorts of injuries arise in auto accidents. When you think of a serious accident what comes to mind is the most devastating types of injuries. Broken bones, lacerations, concussions, head trauma and so forth are all common in the most severe auto injuries.
Fortunately, severe auto accidents and the severe injuries that arise as a result are not common. Not common that is, as a percentage of the total number of auto accidents that occur each day in [post_name].
Most auto accidents are the fender-bender variety.
You're driving along when suddenly the car ahead of you comes to a sudden stop. You hit the brakes, but don't stop in time and wham, you hit their rear end. When you come to your senses, you feel jarred and a bit shaken up, but are able to get out of the car and apologize. You exchange information and get back into your car. Later in the day you notice that your neck and upper back are feeling stiff. That night your neck starts to ache and you begin to get a headache. You think to your self 'Well, it's just the stress of the accident-it'll be better in the morning'.
Next morning you wake up with neck and upper back pain that is worse than the day before. You take a couple pain killers which relieve it, but later in the day it's back again.
You are experiencing a whiplash injury.
Your whiplash is not an Emergency Room matter. There is nothing to sew up, no stitches to be had. But you are injured. When you hit the car ahead, or in the case of being hit from behind, your head and neck are thrown about. The event lasts only a fraction of a second. Researchers measure it at about 0.30 seconds. It happens so fast that you don't really remember it. And so, not remembering what happened it doesn't seem that you were injured-you think that you have no reason to believe that you were injured.
Except that your neck and upper back are now aching and stiff, and you're getting these headaches.
What happens in a whiplash injury?
In low end collisions the head and neck of the car occupant are whipped back and forth. Remember that your body (if you're wearing seatbelts) is strapped in. Only your head and neck are moveable. The jarring of the collision slams into your body which is strapped into the seat. But your head moves, stretching and also compressing the structures in your neck. It's not enough force to break a bone-to fracture one of the vertebrae in your neck. But it is often enough force to tear the soft tissues.
These injuries are called 'whiplash' injuries because of the whipping action of your head and neck on top of your shoulders. Your torso becomes the handle of the whip while your head is the tip of the whip. Your neck-the whip, is what gets whipped around and stretched.
Soft Tissue Injuries and Whiplash
Tearing of the soft tissues of the neck in a whiplash injury is what is called a sprain and strain. A strain refers to tearing injury of muscles. A sprain refers to a tearing injury of tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, intervertebral discs, etc. Whiplash injuries can also tear and bruise nerves and other soft tissues in the neck.
Whiplash Injury: Neck Pain, Headaches and More...
When the soft tissues in the neck are torn in the faster-than-you-can-remember motion of whiplash, they become inflamed. Once inflamed they stimulate pain nerve endings and you start to hurt. The most common symptoms of whiplash injury are neck pain and stiffness, headaches, upper back pain, and upper extremity complaints like radiating pain, numbness and tingling.
A non-whiplash injury, a neck strain from sitting in front of the computer too long, sleeping on your neck wrong, or running into a door are quite different from whiplash injuries. A non-whiplash, simple sprain strain resolves itself quickly unless there are complicating issues. Complicating issues might be pre-existing osteoarthritis of the neck. With underlying arthritis a simple sprain strain might take a while to heal. But generally speaking simple sprains and strains get better in weeks to a couple months.
Whiplash injuries to the neck and back are different. These injuries are more serious, with more damage to more soft tissues. It is not uncommon for pain from these injuries to linger for years. Researchers have found that the soft tissues continue to remodel themselves (undergo self-repair) for 2-5 years after an injury.
What's the best treatment for whiplash injury?
A whiplash doesn't require a trip to the Emergency Room, but it does require treatment. That is, if you want the best outcome-no chronic pain after the injury. And what is the best treatment for whiplash injury? A study published in the medical journal, the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine researched the issue. 93 patients who suffered whiplash injury and were treated by chiropractors were evaluated. 69 of them reported and showed improvement following chiropractic care.
The authors of the study went on to say that 'conventional [medical] treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing.'
Chiropractic treatment options.
Chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities to promote healing of whiplash injuries. Some of the most common treatments used by chiropractors are chiropractic adjustments, physio-therapies (electrical muscle stimulation, hot packs, cold packs, traction). Some [post_name] chiropractors also utilize acupuncture, cold lasers and nutritional supplements (natural anti-inflammatory herbs) to promote healing naturally without drugs.
Chiropractor - Neck Pain and Those Poor Body Aches
There are very few things that beat coming out of your chiropractor's office feeling great and well balanced. It relieves aches and pains, reduces stress, and can even boost your immune system. As with any doctor or medical practice, there are people who lack proper training or do not hold a valid license to practice their craft. By using one of these unqualified and unskilled 'doctors', you are putting your health and possibly your life at risk.
So, what should you look for when choosing a chiropractor? There are several questions you should ask before he/she treats you.
The very first step is to get a referral from your primary physician and/or several positive referrals from friends and/or family about a specific chiropractor. If multiple people you know recommend a specific doctor, then you are more likely to seek out his/her services. Also, your primary physician has ties to the medical community. Your doctor is able to recommend a specific chiropractor that will meet your specific medical needs. Even with these recommendations from people you trust, you still need to do some research on your own and ask him/her any questions you might have before receiving any treatment.
If you do not know anyone who has used a chiropractor or your primary physician can not recommend one, go to the American Chiropractic Association website (or search for the Chiropractic Association in your country). There you will find valuable information along with a database you can search to find a qualified and licensed chiropractor that is right for you.Once you have found one, here are some questions that you should ask either before on at your initial visit:
1. Ask about their education, experience, and what (if any) they specialize in.
2. Ask about any and all services they provide
3. Ask if they accept your insurance and what forms of payment are available.
4. Ask if they are willing to refer you to a specialist if necessary.
5. Ask if they will work in concert with your primary care physician.
6. Ask about their treatment goals.
7. Finally, ask any other questions you might have. It is good to make a list before meeting with him/her.
It is very important to know what the 'red flags' are when finding a qualified chiropractor. Here are a few things you should look out for:
1. Avoid doctors that ask for a lump sum payment for extended, long-term, or lifetime care.
2. Avoid signing any long-term treatment contracts. You should be able to either continue or terminate your care with any doctor.
3. Avoid doctors that highly recommend or require multiple weekly treatment sessions for an extended period of time. Unless your primary care physician or your specialist recommends this kind of treatment, it is not necessary to have several sessions on a weekly and long term basis.
4. Avoid chiropractors who encourage you to get preventive treatments/adjustments. There is absolutely no need for preventive adjustments. You only need treatment if your primary care physician or specialist recommends it along with a schedule of how many sessions you should need.
5. Avoid chiropractors that highly discourage you from seeking preventive treatments outside of their practice (immunization, herbal treatments, etc.). Your health and treatment/recovery from your disease or condition should be paramount, and any or all treatment options should be encouraged even if the treatment plan is outside of their chiropractic clinic.
6. Avoid any chiropractic clinic that prescribes any form of supplemental drugs, including any herbal/homeopathic supplements, to use in conjunction with the standard treatments they give you. They are not qualified to do so. If they feel you need medication, they should be working with your primary care physician/specialist and they can recommend a medicinal treatment plan with your doctor. Only a physician or dietitian can prescribe supplements and/or medications to you.
7. Avoid any Chiropractor that gives you any information, 'special secret' that no one else knows about, or claim/cure for your condition that seems too good to be true. We all know the saying 'if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is'.
8. Last but not least, avoid all chiropractors who use scare tactics just to get your business. This is a huge indicator that he/she is only interested in your money and not your health. If your condition is serious enough, your physician will either educate you and present treatment plans that are available to you or refer you to a specialist.
When you are making a decision about your health and well being, there is no harm or shame in walking away from a potentially dangerous medical practice (no matter if it is a general physician or chiropractor). You only have one body and one shot at life. There is no need to take unnecessary risks. Have your physician working closely with your chiropractor. This will ensure that you are getting the most effective treatment possible.