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Sporting Back Injury? 8 Things to Look for When Finding a Chiropractor

Posted on June 28, 2018 by Lora Young

back-injuryIf you’ve injured your back recently playing sports (or doing something else), you might need a chiropractor. While finding one isn’t necessarily difficult, there are actually a few key things you need to remember when looking for the best option for you. In this article, we’re going to look at them.

1. Do they have special experience in sports injuries?

First things first — you’ll want one who’s got specific experience treating sports-related injuries. Many chiropractors will have worked with sports teams in the past, so you might be able to find a recommendation if you ask your teammates or coaches.

2. What are their general qualifications?

Depending on your location, a chiropractor could have a wide range of different qualifications and certificates. Make sure you’ve checked them all fully before agreeing to treatment.

3. How long have they been practicing?

Are they a recently qualified chiropractor or do they have years of experience? This might be something you should consider, although even newly qualified chiropractors can still be good enough for the job.

4. Where are they located?

This is another important point. There’s no point finding a good chiropractor that’s an hour’s drive away, especially if your back problem is preventing you from sitting still for long periods of time. Make sure your chiropractor is close enough that it’s easy to get to. As well as being conveniently located, you’ll also want to check access and things like parking.

5. How much do they charge?

This is another important question — you can’t sign up for a lengthy treatment plan if you can’t afford it. Simply discuss with the practitioner how much they think it’s likely to cost. You can also discuss different payment plans to find one that works for you.

6. How long will the treatment take?

This is another thing it’s important to discuss with your chiropractor. Some might only need one visit, while others recommend a course of regular treatments — it’s important that you find this out before starting.

7. What additional services do they offer?

A good chiropractor doesn’t just offer basic treatments. They could have a wide range of additional services that you’re also interested in. Try asking what else they offer — it could be anything from massages to acupuncture, or even spa treatments.

8. Do they come recommended?

Another important thing to look for when finding a chiropractor is how well recommended they are. There are two ways to find a recommended chiropractor — one is online and one is simply by asking people you know. With the growth in popularity of online review sites, you can find a whole host of comments and ratings for different services in your area. It’s a good place to start, but you might also want to try the personal recommendation of someone you know instead.

While personal recommendations are normally best, if you’re looking in an area where you don’t know anyone, an online search might be better. For example, if you’re looking for a chiropractor in the NYC area but have recently moved to the region, you might have to look online.

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