(This one comes from a new patient who happens to be a subscriber to Monday Morning Motivation.)
Q: “After going for a complimentary exam/consultation at a chiropractic office, when I returned the next day the doctor tells me I have to come back to his clinic for three times a week for six weeks, then two times a week for four weeks, and then once a week until a review is made. Is this a legit chiropractor or is he just wanting my money?”
A: Tragically, this is an all-too common treatment plan among chiropractors who are lazy, lack critical thinking skills or think they can use their limited social authority to get patients to do their bidding. (This is addressed in more detail in a March 2010 blog post entitled “Take Two and Call Me in the Morning.”)
While the three times a week sounds legitimate, I’d be suspicious of a chiropractor who claims crystal ball skills sufficient to predict the number of weekly visits required a month or more into the future. Seems reasonable to expect a progress evaluation to be performed 10-12 visits into your care. You might want to get a second opinion.