Toronto is a big city, with many chiropractors.
How to find the one best suited to treat your unique case?
Part 1 (see health blog) in this series looked at recommendations from family
and friends, online recommendations such as at "RateMD", and the importance
of a thorough initial examination.
What other factors can help you decide on your best chiropractor?
- Does the chiropractor explain his/her findings from the initial examination?
It isn't only important that a thorough initial exam takes place. It is equally important
that you as the patient receive feedback about the results. The chiropractor should inform you of the
diagnosis he/she has reached, including whether there may be more than one possible
diagnosis and how those other possibilities could be excluded.
- When informing you of examination findings, does the chiropractor do so in a
way you can follow?
Most patients do not have advanced knowledge of anatomy nor are familiar with
specific medical terms. The chiropractor should explain your situation in language you
can follow, and check whether you feel you have understood.
- Does the chiropractor provide an estimated time frame for length
of treatment for your particular symptoms?
How patients respond to treatment is never a entirely predictable, however
an experienced chiropractor should be able to provide an educated guess of how
many treatments it may take for the patient to begin to see a change. In some conditions,
patients may begin to feel relief from the first treatment. For others, it may be a more
gradual process. Either way, you should receive some indication about time frame
Posted by Dr. Babak Missaghi