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Chiropractic medicine can have its benefits, but just like any other profession, there are some chiropractors who are dishonest, or “bad.” As a patient, you may not be sure how to tell whether you’re seeing an honest chiropractor who sincerely wants to help you.
Below are certain things that you should watch out for when visiting a chiropractor.
The simple fact is most chiropractors have relationships with lawyers and they send cases back and forth. If you ask how much you are being charged and they say “don’t worry about it, the insurance company is paying” then you should worry. That means they are inflating the bill and it all has to be paid out of YOUR SETTLEMENT. Ask to pay cash as you go.
The average time for a chiropractic visit to last is between 20 and 30 minutes – sometimes longer if your case is complex. If your treatment time at your chiropractor takes less than 15 minutes, your chiropractor may not be taking the proper time and care that you require.
A subluxation is a term used to describe a spinal bone that is partially dislocated or out of alignment in relation to the spinal bone below or above it. In cases where this condition is present, a chiropractor may be able to assist you in relieving your pain.
However, if you’re not experiencing any pain, there isn’t any scientific reason why you should be subjected to subluxations or maintenance therapy.
Most chiropractors will give you a diagnosis that outlines your individual problems and present a treatment plan. In addition, a good chiropractor will show you the x-rays they’ve taken and discuss the results.
If your chiropractor doesn’t provide you with a diagnosis, and/or refuses to show you and discuss your x-ray results, this could be a warning sign that your chiropractor is dishonest.
Many good chiropractors will not only manipulate and mobilize your joints, but they will also do soft tissue worth, regardless of whether they are doing a manipulation or not. In some cases, a chiropractor will have a massage therapist do the soft tissue work for them.
A chiropractor who doesn’t perform soft tissue work, or refer you to a massage therapist for this type of therapy, may be trying to streamline your treatment in order to make more money, or practicing some outdated chiropractic philosophy.
A good and honest chiropractor generally will give you exercises you can do at home to help improve your condition. Current evidence has shown that chiropractic treatment in conjunction with home exercises or rehab can help you obtain the best results.
If your chiropractor isn’t providing you with exercises or a rehabilitation plan you can do at home, you may want to ask them why they haven’t prescribed this line of treatment. Pay careful attention to their answer, because by not providing you with a home treatment plan, they may be just wanting to prolong your in-office treatment.
The Atlanta, Georgia law office of Christopher Simon encourages you to be informed about your chiropractor and your line of treatment. Chiropractic medicine has its benefits, but sometimes things go wrong, and you could be injured.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a bad or dishonest chiropractor, there may be legal options available to you that allow you to obtain monetary compensation for your injuries.