Chiropractic Care – Looking Out for Yourself

Just as there are excellent doctors and malpractice-in-the-making doctors, there are excellent chiropractors and those who simply shouldn’t be part of the healthcare system – ever!

Your primary care giver may recommend treatment from one of the chiropractor Victoria BC as additional help for an existing condition.  You may be anxious about this recommendation – there is much information on the internet about favourable (and unfavourable) chiropractic experiences.

Establishing credibility

Chiropractors, like those of the Achieve Health Clinic group, are healthcare professionals.  They must pass a demanding course of study and exams conducted by the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board.  Every chiropractic doctor wishing to practice in British Columbia must be a registered member of the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia (CCBC).

Checking credentials

If your doctor hasn’t recommended a specific chiropractor to you, you may have to search for one yourself:

  • Ask for referrals from friends and family members.
  • Ask your doctor – just because a referral wasn’t offered doesn’t mean your doctor can’t/won’t make a recommendation.
  • Ask your insurance representative – agents frequently hear about the good and not-so-good healthcare experiences of their clients.
  • Use the CCBC website to search for a CCBC member:  are there any complaints or disciplinary actions on file for that chiropractor?
  • Check reviews on the Internet:  people are increasingly inclined to post positive or negative service reviews online.

Look out for…

The Internet is rife with horror stories on almost any subject, including chiropractic care.  While it is best to view these reports with caution, there are some warning signs to be aware before and as you meet with a chiropractor:

  • Contacts you – be wary of the chiropractor who contacts you, first, with a “Heard you’ve been injured…”line.  This unexpected caller may be an ambulance chaser scrounging for a new patient.
  • Automatically wants to take full-spine or repeated x-rays.
  • Doesn’t complete a comprehensive history and clinical exam before recommending treatment.
  • Promises that treatment will improve, cure, or prevent disease with regular check-ups and manipulations.
  • Expects you to sign a long-term care contract.

Additional clues may include:

  • A poorly run, dirty-looking office and examining/treatment rooms.
  • Failure of the doctor and/or staff to listen respectfully to you and answer your questions.
  • Failure to completely explain the course of treatment before beginning treatment.
  • You do not experience significant improvement within 6 – 8visits.

You have the right to expect ethical treatment from chiropractors Victoria BC.  If you feel you have in any way experienced careless or unethical treatment, you may file a complaint with the CCBC.

Chiropractic treatment can be a very beneficial part of your healthcare program.  Your healthcare provider and chiropractic specialists, like the team at Achieve Health Chiropractors, can work together to help you through a time of pain and difficulty.