Your McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center would like to offer you a little bit of insight to help you make the right choice when trying to find the right chiropractor.
With a bit of effort and this handy guide, choosing the right chiropractor doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck.
Q: Where do I begin?
Asking your primary care physician for a recommendation can help you to quickly narrow the list down. A quick call to the chiropractor’s office and you can get all the information you need.
You can also ask friends or family who you know are under chiropractic treatment to see if their chiropractor would be the right fit for you.
Should all else fail, the American Chiropractic Association website has a search function that provides a number of qualified chiropractors in your area.
Q: How much training do chiropractors have and what are the requirements for them to provide care?
A large percentage of chiropractors complete at least 4,200 hours of educational training and an additional 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training. Many programs require that would-be chiropractors maintain a minimum 3.0-grade point average.
There’s also accreditation obtained through the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners exam.
After all this has been completed, the new chiropractic doctor can apply for a license to practice in his or her state. This process also requires quite a bit of effort including submission to a criminal background check, a state-level exam within the realm of the state’s practice limitations, and submission of a list of personal references.
To maintain their license in most states, the Doctor of Chiropractic care must acquire continuing education units each year.
It takes a lot of determination to become a chiropractor, so much so, that the discipline is considered one of the most stringent within the healthcare profession.
Q: I’ve never heard of the college that my chiropractor went to. Is there any way that I can see if it’s accredited?
The Council on Chiropractic Education offers an online database that provides a list of all the accredited chiropractic colleges around.
Q: My family doctor recommended I visit a specialist. Do chiropractors have specialized training?
Yes, as a matter of fact. Once a chiropractor has completed their education, along with any additional license examinations, they may earn postdoctoral diplomate certifications in many subspecialties such as:
These certifications can be acquired through the American Chiropractic Association.
Q: What services does Hendrick Wellness Center offer?
Both Blaine Hendrick, DC, FNP-C, and Jana Hendrick, DC, are well versed in the most up-to-date chiropractic techniques and technologies.
As a family nurse practitioner, Blaine Hendrick is also able to offer primary care services in McAllen for your entire family.
Q: How many chiropractic sessions should I expect to attend in order to feel better?
The amount of sessions it takes to treat an ailment depends on a number of variables including:
During your initial consultation at Hendrick Wellness Center, our McAllen chiropractors will propose a treatment plan. With that treatment plan, your potential chiropractor will give you an estimation of the number of sessions needed to correct your problem.
Q: How much does care cost?
Normally, a chiropractic session can cost anywhere from $30 to $200, depending on the state, the type of treatment, and the experience of the chiropractor.
Your insurance plan may potentially cover the entire cost or a certain portion of treatment. Call Hendricks Wellness Center today to request a consultation to discuss our reasonable rates.
Q: Is chiropractic treatment effective?
A study published by The Spine Journal found that only 56% of patients who went to the doctor’s office instead of receiving treatment from a chiropractor saw less than a 30% reduction in lower back pain after 4 weeks of treatment. However, 94% of patients that sought chiropractic treatment rather than general care had a 30% reduction in pain after the same 4-week trial.
So what does that mean to you? Chiropractic care benefited a vastly higher percentage of individuals in comparison to a traditional doctor.
It also saves you money. Research by the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found that if patients replaced one trip to the doctor’s office for a trip to the chiropractor’s office to receive treatment for lower back pain, it would save Medicare $83.5 million every year.
Hendricks Wellness takes pride in having helped heal residents of the Rio Grande Valley from back and neck pain since 2006.