Find the right chiropractor for your back pain.

The Spine IQ Chiropractor Quality Designation Program allows you to find chiropractors in your area who are committed to providing evidence-based, patient centered spine care delivery. Depending on the quality recognition level that a doctor in chiropractic has chosen for participation, you will be able to view his or her on-line data in Healthgrades and Physician Compare, see their patient satisfaction scores, and understand more about the treatments they provide.

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Quality Recognition Key

In order to simplify the process of selecting a chiropractor, we’ve marked chiropractors that meet our standards for care with a quality recognition designation.  Please note that this map will continue to be updated as we verify additional providers.  The table below describes what each designation means.

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Bronze Quality Recognition

  • Clinician has contributed data to the CMS Quality Payment Program.
  • OR
  • Clinician has a 4.5 or above score in HealthGrades with at least 5 raters.

Silver Quality Recognition

  • Spine IQ is independently collecting patient satisfaction data directly from clinican's patients.
  • AND
  • Clinician's patient satisfaction data is publicly available on the Spine IQ website.

Gold Quality Recognition

  • Clinician is reporting data to the SpineIQAir clinical data registry.
  • AND
  • Clinician has summary data from at least two SpineIQAir clinical data registry performance metrics publicly available on the Spine IQ website.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure—mainly the spine—and its functioning. Although chiropractors may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

 

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It is one of the practices used in traditional Chinese medicine. Research suggests that acupuncture can help manage certain pain conditions.

 

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What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapists use techniques such as pressing, rubbing, and manipulating muscles and other soft tissues to help you feel better. There is scientific evidence that massage may help with back pain and may improve quality of life for people with chronic conditions.

 

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What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic medicine incorporates medical care with personal attention, active listening and engaged service. In the 1880s osteopathic medicine presented an alternative form of care that recognized the body’s inherent ability to heal with proper musculoskeletal alignment. Doctors of osteopathic medicine view a person’s body as an integrated whole instead of just treating specific illnesses or symptoms. A D.O.’s extra training in the musculoskeletal system gives them a better understanding of the ways an injury or illness in one part of the body can affect another. By combining this osteopathic manual medicine approach with all other evidence-based medical procedures and a focus on preventive health care, a D.O. offers patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.

 

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Questions to ask your clinician before getting treatment for your back pain:

  • What is causing my back pain?
  • Is it necessary to take x-rays? Why?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the potential risks and benefits of the treatment that you are recommending compared to other treatments?
  • Is there research showing that the treatments you recommended are helpful for someone like me?
  • How many visits do you think it will take for my back pain to resolve?
  • Will weight loss help with my back pain?
  • Will you work with my primary care provider to make sure that I am getting the best possible overall healthcare?
  • What insurance companies pay for your service? Are there services that are not covered? Are there co-pays and deductibles? What will the cost be for each visit?
  • What can I do to prevent my back pain from getting worse? Are there things I can do at home?
  • Is medicine necessary? Are there alternative treatments?
  • How long will I need to take medicine? What are the side effects? Is long-term use harmful?
  • Could stress be a factor and, if so, what can I do about it?
  • What are the chances that my back pain will result in permanent disability?

Additional links to help you make informed decisions about your health:

Seeing a chiropractor?

As part of the Choosing Wisely initiative, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) put together this list of five treatments you should discuss with your chiropractor.

Seeing a physical therapist?

As part of the Choosing Wisely initiative, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) put together this list of five treatments you should discuss with your physical therapist.

Spine care is more than Chiropractic!

You can utilize the following national association databases to locate a spine care practitioner. 

Oriental
Medical Physicians
APTA
AMTA
Acupuncture

Please note, each database is maintained by the respective association and not by Spine IQ.