A new patient called the other day and asked, “I have back pain, do I need to see my medical doctor to be diagnosed and then ask if they will refer me to you?” Over the past few weeks I have received very similar questions from multiple patients. The simple answer is “No”. You do not need to see your medical doctor first, but let me break down the question and explain why.
First, do you need to be diagnosed before coming to see a chiropractor? Chiropractors are trained doctors. It is our job to evaluate, diagnose, and treat musculoskeletal problems. Every patient that comes into the office is examined thoroughly before any treatment is performed. The exam includes your health history, vital signs, orthopedic testing, neurological testing, and chiropractic testing. After the exam, if needed, x-rays are taken in the office. The purpose of the exam and x-rays is to give the doctor as much information as possible to make a proper diagnosis of your problem and determine the best way to treat your issue and help you regain your optimal health.
Second, do you need a referral? In most cases, you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor. There are very few instances in which you would need a referral, and these are usually due to a few specific insurance policies. You can call our office or walk in anytime to make your appointment without a referral from another doctor.
Finally, anytime you consult a doctor, you want to know who is going to give you the best outcome. Chiropractic is a natural, non-surgical, and drugless way to treat your problems. A recent article I read state that “spinal, hip, and shoulder pain patients had clinically similar pain relief, greater satisfaction levels, and lower overall cost if they initiated care with doctors of chiropractic, when compared with those who initiated care with medical doctors.” A link to the article is found below.
So if you are looking for pain relief, greater satisfaction, and lower cost with your healthcare, please call Triad Family Chiropractic at 336-904-0752 today, to schedule your first visit. We are conveniently located in Kernersville, NC a short drive from Winston Salem, Walkertown, High point, and Greensboro.