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How to Choose a Chiropractor

When suffering from pain on the lower right side of your back, choosing a chiropractor to assist in your recovery can be an important step. When choosing a chiropractor ask the following questions discussed in this article. These questions can be asked over the phone before an appointment is scheduled.

Is a neurological exam included in the initial exam?

Although your lower right back pain could be the result of something physical – any good chiropractor will include a neurological exam. This simple exam can determine whether or not there is something more serious going on with you. If the problem is not just physical, other treatment options should be considered. You don’t want to assume that your pain or discomfort is only physical. This may lead to incorrect treatment – which will waste your time and your money. Make sure that your chiropractor offers a neurological exam during your initial visit.

Do they have traction tables?

The presence of traction tables shows that the doctor is staying current with industry standards. Whether or not these tables are used during your treatment is irrelevant. The point of asking this question is simply to see how current the doctor is with the latest advances in their field. Choosing a chiropractor can mean choosing a person that is in your life for a long period of time. You want this person to not get content with one way of treating patients. You want your chiropractor to constantly improve his/her methods. Inversion tables are a nice way to relief back pain from home. These differ from a chiropractic traction table, however.

Do they offer active care?

There are two general types of care that can be implemented when treating your right lower back pain; passive care and active care. Passive care refers to treatment that primarily targets the discomfort for short-term relief. Some examples of passive care include chiropractor treatment or general massages. Active care tends to be more aggressive and takes place over a longer period of time. Active care is a longer term solution. Examples of active care include deep muscle massages, strengthening, and physical therapy.

A chiropractor that does not offer active care could be a sign that your health is not their number one priority. Chiropractors make their money by having you continually visit them. You want to make sure that your chiropractor offers active care or at the very least, is in favor of active care. This ensures that you are dealing with a doctor who wants your recovery to be the primary goal.

Also Consider…

It is not always safe to be adjusted.

Any chiropractor that tells you otherwise should be avoided. Here are some conditions where adjusting may not be a safe form of treatment.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Motor weakness from nerve root compromise
  • Large disc herniation
  • Fracture of spine
  • Bone infection
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Syringomyelia

Be aware of long-term care plans

If your chiropractor suggest a treatment plan that lasts over five weeks, this could be a sign that your doctor is trying to get more money out of you. Of course, some treatment plans can last months – but they usually include treatment outside of a chiropractor’s office. A three to four week treatment plan with your chiropractor is acceptable in most cases.

Chiropractic Manipulation Does Not Cure Everything

Often times a chiropractic adjustment, or manipulation, does not cure your ailment. For example, spine pain can often resolve itself on its own. In addition, stretching isn’t always the best treatment for a herniated disc. It is important to consult your doctor on what stretches and treatment may be best for your individual condition.

There are certain risks for manipulation:

  • Soreness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Aggravated disc herniation (if you already have one)
  • Strokes

More information on manipulation and related issues can be found www.pubmed.com.

Final Note

Don’t assume a chiropractor is your only option. There are lots of symptoms that can be treated by a general practitioner or require the skill of a specialized doctor. More importantly, you may experience symptoms like back pane which are caused by bladder control issues, which will require an immediate trip to the ER. When in doubt, consult your medical professional and never hesitate to go to the Emergency Room or hospital for immediate treatment. For a more detailed list of common causes of lower right back pain visit our home page.