What If You Do Not Like Your Chiropractor?

Chiropractic has many benefits and can do more than relieve pains from aching muscles and joints. They can treat and manage allergies, arthritis, sleep difficulties, earaches, scoliosis, and many more conditions. If there is pain or stress, there is a good chance your chiropractor can help. Because of the natural approach and evidence supporting chiropractic, millions of individuals seek chiropractic treatments. But what happens if you get a chiropractor you do not like?

Your first task should be to examine your reasons for not liking them. Be sure to have a good reason as there are many chiropractic benefits, and it is often less overwhelming than traditional medical care. Still, some people find it overwhelming. Do not let your fears of seeking treatment translates into a dislike for your care provider.

A second question is about the paperwork. Legally all chiropractors and medical doctors have paperwork they have to collect. To properly document medical standards and insurance, there is added paperwork. If you do not have paperwork, there is a good chance your chiropractor isn’t following legal and medical standards. If your chiropractor has a specialization, they probably have more paperwork to learn your story and what is going on. There will be paperwork called outcome assessments, and this gets done at every re-exam. If your chiropractor is not doing outcome assessments or re-exams, you are not getting the best level of care and should consider looking elsewhere.

Your chiropractor should not blame you for your condition or your choice in visit frequency. They should state the suspected cause of your problem, what will they do to correct the problem, and your options. Then it is up to you to choose based on your finances and educated decision.

One example, maybe your child has been suffering from low back pain for years. Low back pain is often due to poor posture sitting at desks and working on the computer or carrying a backpack. At first, it was written off as general discomfort or growing pains. As it got worse or more frequent, you may have visited a local chiropractor. You may have thought you were doing good, but if your chiropractor criticizes you for waiting so long, that should not happen. In terms of chiropractic care, early is best, but better late than never. Remember our story about the straw that broke the camel’s back. Yes, it is ok to say it has been going on for a while, and it may take time to fix but focus on improving the problem.

So, what should you do if you genuinely do not like your chiropractor?

First off, at STAR Physical Therapy®, we have an open-door philosophy. If you do not like the marketing, website, or materials you come across, we want to know so they can be improved and meet your standards. If the staff does not treat you well, discuss it with the chiropractor so he can address it at the team meetings. If you have a problem with it, the treatment then tells Dr. Phelps. He is your chiropractic physician and wants to know so he can alter the treatments to accommodate your comfort level and preferences whenever possible. It would help if you voiced your concerns so the problem can be addressed and corrected. Unfortunately for some patients, this can be difficult to do. Some chiropractors run their own business, are the boss, and are not open to criticism, which makes them uncomfortable and irritated. If your chiropractor is not open to input like Dr. Phelps, you may want to look for another chiropractor.

If you do not see changes with your input or fear discussing your concerns, you may want to look for another chiropractor. If covered by insurance, your insurance provider can give you additional references. Research your options and read online reviews. Ask your friends. Unfortunately, you will have to start again and redo all the paperwork and evaluations. Remember, if they do not give you paperwork, initial exams, re-exams, and outcome forms, they are not the chiropractor for you.

There are many chiropractors, so do not stop seeking care. Of course, not all chiropractors are the same. Not all have the same philosophy or treatment modality. Not all will spend lots of time with you or remember every word. Just because you get one bad apple, do not give up on the whole field. You want a chiropractor that you like.

Do not stop showing for your appointments. For continued care, appointments are scheduled in advance so you can have the momentum to overcome your injury and get to the point of wellness. If you want to change providers, find another, and get appointments scheduled and a plan in place so you can transition adequately. 

In conclusion, not all chiropractors are the same. It is vital to have a healthy relationship with yours. A positive relationship extends to the staff and if you are dissatisfied with the treatment received, voice your concerns or find a new provider if changes do not happen.

A wealth of knowledge and passion is brought with dual degrees in Naturopathic and Chiropractic. A proud family man, he is devoted to his wife and two children.