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Can a chiropractor replace my regular physician?
No. Chiropractors specifically treat spinal alignment and related neuromusculoskeletal problems, and they work in combination with your primary care doctor and medical specialists. You still need a primary care doctor for check-ups and referrals to specialists as needed.
A referral is not needed to see a chiropractor.However, a doctor can make referrals for you to see a chiropractor. Many people also use chiropractic care as a form of preventative care.
Who Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care?
Everyone! Some people that are more prone to musculoskeletal stress and/or injuries can especially benefit from receiving regular care. These include:
- Infants and toddlers
- Elderly adults
What Should I Look For In a Chiropractic Practitioner?
Like any healthcare professional, it’s important to know what to look for in a good chiropractor. Here are a few key considerations.
- Credentials: All chiropractors must earn a bachelor’s degree that includes courses in the natural and/or health sciences. Additionally, chiropractors must attend an accredited, 4-year chiropractic college and pass all 4 exams of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. If the state has any additional licensing requirements, additional board exams must be taken. You can check college accreditation with the Council of Chiropractic Education. You can also inquire about licensing with the national and state licensing boards.
- Reviews and Referrals: The best way to screen chiropractors is to go on their websites and check the referrals left by patients.There are also plenty of other online resources that are reputable, such as Google Plus and Yelp, where patients provide reviews of chiropractic offices. In addition, you can seek referrals from friends and family.
- Holistic Practices: In addition to spinal adjustments, a good chiropractor should be knowledgeable about other holistic treatment methods such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and rehabilitative exercise,. Chiropractors also consider elements of a patient’s lifestyle, such as diet, nutrition, and exercise. Many chiropractors also carry certifications in specialty areas such as radiology, sports medicine, and acupuncture.
- Staffing: What is the office experience like? Is the staff friendly and knowledgeable? Your experience as a patient begins from the moment you interact with the chiropractor’s office. If the practice seems disorganized, understaffed, or has a poor culture of patient care and customer service, you should look for another practice.