Every car accident doctor is very different in their approach to treating your spine and body. This is a good thing because not every body was created the exact same and they all differ in how they respond to care. The following are things that I tell my family to look for when looking for a car accident doctor out of state and what you should be looking for in a doctor of chiropractic.
1. Do they have a technique (how they treat you) that is best for your body? Again, remember what I stated above. Not all chiropractors do things the same way and not all ways will work for your individual body. So how do you know? First off if you are queasy AT ALL about the "snap, crackle, pop" that comes from a hands on treatment, then that is not right for you, and you need a more like the Proadjuster or the activator. Next, if you have ever received a "deep tissue" massage and been worse afterwards then a heavier chiropractic treatment is not for you. If you are looking for a call Bellevue Whiplash Center at Back in Action Chiropractic today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your health concerns.
2. Do they have a way of analyzing your ENTIRE body? Yes, from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. It is important to assess you as a whole, because we are one big connected chain. Something in your feet could potentially cause back pain. Something in your shoulders could give you head aches. So, ask if they have a way to assess your feet such as digital scans of the foot, do they have ways to look at your arms and shoulders? Now it may not be necessary to do all of these tests on every person, but it is important that they have the ability to.
3. Does the chiropractor continue his education above and beyond the "required" hours to renew their license? The health care field is changing on a daily basis. New research is coming out all the time, and if every chiropractor does not stay up to date on what is new then they are not giving their patients the best care available. Every chiropractor in the United States has to have a certain number of continuing education each year. What I have found is that this amount is far less than what is necessary to keep up to date.
4. Do they do rehabilitation or prescribe exercises? This is a vital component to getting better. I tell my patients all the time "I can put you back together all day long, but until your muscles can hold you there you are going to have ongoing problems". This does not have to be complex, but it does have to be a part of getting you better.
Each of these things are vital when looking for someone to trust your health and well being with following a car accident. If you live in Washington state, give us a call today and we would be glad to see if we can help you with your injuries. If you live out of state, give us a call and we can help you find someone close by who might be able to assist you in getting better.
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Dr. Michael Weir is the clinic director at Bellevue Whiplash Center at Back in Action Chiropractic. We will also be hosting a variety of relevant guest bloggers to help you understand your injuries better.