Typically chiropractors treat patients who are suffering from spinal, neck or limb pain or injuries. Chiropractors can have different specialties, but most of their patients come to them after suffering a car accident or sports injury. Chiropractors have become so popular that more than 4 million Canadians see a chiropractor each year. Choosing the right chiropractor for your condition can seem a bit daunting, especially if you have never been treated by a chiropractor before. Here are four tips to help you choose the right one.
Make Sure the Services Fit Your Needs
When you first consider a chiropractor make sure that they offer the service that suits your condition or injury. Here’s an example if you are a long distance runner with a sprained ankle, then a chiropractor who works with athletes is more suited to you than one who works with whiplash patients. Here is a video explaining the different chiropractic specialties.
Most Calgary chiropractors share clinic space and work with other health practitioners, such as acupuncture or massage therapists. Often these can complement chiropractic care offering you a comprehensive solution for dealing with your injury, so look for a clinic that offers these services as well.
Does Insurance Cover the Treatment
Chiropractic care is not covered under the Alberta Healthcare Insurance Plan, so going to a chiropractor can become expensive. If you need to see the chiropractor weekly or even multiple times per week depending on the injury the costs can quickly add up. There is good news though, chiropractic care is often covered under your employers health benefits or if you have been in an automobile accident that insurance can cover treatment. Double check with your insurance company to find out exactly what is covered, and check with the chiropractic office to see if they provide direct insurance billing.
Meet with the Chiropractor Beforehand
Each injury and treatment plan are unique and even if you have gotten a referral from a friend, that doesn’t mean that chiropractor is the right one for you. Meet the chiropractor before treatment and discuss their specialties. Most Calgary chiropractors will offer free consultation for just that reason. Make sure that you are comfortable with the treatment options offered and that you like the doctor as well.
Stay Fully Informed
A good chiropractor will go over with you the entire process, what happens during an examination and get some background on your injury and overall health. You need to have a complete outline of your treatment plan, along with duration and expected costs. Don’t sign up for any long term plans without understanding how it will work for you.
Finding a good chiropractor in Calgary doesn’t have to be hard. Knowing what you need and what to expect is half the battle, keep these tips in mind and you should have no problems.