by Deb
(Chicago, Illinois)

I love my chiropractor but I think the office visit time that she alots is too short. I know she is busy and has a lot of patients, but I would love to have more than 10 minutes of her time because the work she does is so helpful to me and others from what I have heard.

She asks all the right questions and makes the adjustments, but when I am hurting, it would be nice to have a few more minutes of her time to get some additional information about the root cause of the problem.

Hello Deb,
Thank you for your contribution. Yes, it's a problem all good chiropractors have. They get busier, have less time with each patient, get more rattled, and sometimes have a burnout.

Ask the secretary if there are times when she is less busy. It may mean going for a consultation at a time less convenient for you.

A good doctor-patient relationship means that we can talk honestly, and in a mature fashion, to each other. Try telling her. Nicely!

And if she's getting that rattled, rushed-off-her-feet look, ask her when she last had a three-week holiday. Burn out is a reality for chiropractors. I've got the T-shirt to prove it!

PS: Nice to have an American submit who learnt grammar in school and takes the time to write in decent English. That's why you're a manager, I guess! You know these things ARE important. And indeed they are.

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May 10, 2011
by: Anonymous

You are lucky to even get 10 minutes. I went to a chiropractor who booked 4 patients every half hour and he came in first to do the heat and tens and then came back and crack and out the door.

Try booking to be one of the last of the day - that worked for me - got more than 2 minute cracks.

Hello Anonymous,
I'm disappointed that you make no mention of time to ask "how have you been since the last consultation?" and a short, snap examination to bring your chiropractor up to speed on your progress, or lack thereof. Time for a change?

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