EXPERIENCE: There is no substitute for an experienced practitioner of chiropractic. Experience means that, over the years, your doctor has encountered many different situations and treated many kinds of conditions. Experience teaches the practitioner how to evaluate, diagnose and treat each condition, but also how to work with patients to achieve the optimum outcomes.
KNOWLEDGE: The chiropractor should be firmly grounded in the principles and practice of his chosen profession. He should be able to talk with authority and treat with competence. He should be willing to listen to you and to answer your questions to your satisfaction. Don't waste your time with doctors who aren't willing to spend personal one-on-one time with you on each and every visit to measure your progress and counsel you on how to reach your goals.
EFFECTIVENESS: The chiropractor must be able to demonstrate progress and improvement in your condition. He should never make you commit to an expensive and long-term program at the outset, before you even know if chiropractic is the right treatment for you. The true mark of effectiveness is whether your doctor meets your needs and helps you to accomplish your goals of better health and function. A competent practice should be based on RESULTS.
PRIVACY: Your doctor should respect your privacy. Consultations and treatments should be done in a closed and private area or room where your personal information and conversations with the doctor are held confidential. Chiropractic adjustments that are delivered in an open environment where others can observe your treatments not only violates federal HIPAA regulations on privacy, but show that the doctor doesn't respect you as an individual.
TLC: Your doctor of chiropractic should be concerned about your problem and want to help to resolve it. He should listen attentively to you when you speak and try his best to understand how your condition is affecting your life. He should do a good examination of the problem areas and come up with a treatment plan tailored to you. He should be able to explain his findings and diagnosis so that you fully understand what the treatments will do. He should involve you in decision-making about your health. The bottom line is, you need to be happy with your doctor and your treatments should produce results.