How can I tell if my Atlanta Chiropractor is being Honest?

Chiropractic medicine can have its benefits, but just like any other profession, there are some chiropractors who are dishonest, or “bad.”  As a patient, you may not be sure how to tell whether you’re seeing an honest chiropractor who sincerely wants to help you.

Below are certain things that you should watch out for when visiting a chiropractor.

They Won’t Tell You How Much is Being Charged

The simple fact is most chiropractors have relationships with lawyers and they send cases back and forth. If you ask how much you are being charged and they say “don’t worry about it, the insurance company is paying” then you should worry. That means they are inflating the bill and it all has to be paid out of YOUR SETTLEMENT. Ask to pay cash as you go.

Treatment Times

The average time for a chiropractic visit to last is between 20 and 30 minutes – sometimes longer if your case is complex. If your treatment time at your chiropractor takes less than 15 minutes, your chiropractor may not be taking the proper time and care that you require. Many people complain to us that all the clinic is doing is putting electrodes on the muscles and then walking away. If that is the kid of treatment you are getting, then its time for a change.

Subluxations and/or Maintenance Therapy

A subluxation is a term used to describe a spinal bone that is partially dislocated or out of alignment in relation to the spinal bone below or above it. In cases where this condition is present, a chiropractor may be able to assist you in relieving your pain.

However, if you’re not experiencing any pain, there isn’t any scientific reason why you should be subjected to subluxations or maintenance therapy.


Most chiropractors will give you a diagnosis that outlines your individual problems and present a treatment plan. In addition, a good chiropractor will show you the x-rays they’ve taken and discuss the results.

If your chiropractor doesn’t provide you with a diagnosis, and/or refuses to show you and discuss your x-ray results, this could be a warning sign that your chiropractor is dishonest. If your chiropractor is referring you to a a preferred lawyer, be very careful. They have a relationship and when the time comes for the lawyer to negotiate your bills down, they will not be able to put your interests first.