If an alternative approach to healthcare appeals to you, acupuncture may be a good fit. An acupuncturist is your partner in managing symptoms and promoting healing and wellness. Your acupuncturist will guide you through many decisions about protecting your health, or treating a condition or symptom with acupuncture. How do you find the best acupuncturist who is right for you? Here are some important factors to keep in mind.
1. Get Referrals
Start by asking your primary care doctor for a referral list of acupuncturists. You can also ask family, friends and other healthcare providers for recommendations. Take the time to research the acupuncturists’ credentials and experience on Healthgrades.com. As you narrow down your list, call each acupuncturist’s office and ask for a consult appointment to meet and interview the acupuncturist.
2. Research the Acupuncturist’s Credentials
Licensure is one of the most important factors to consider when you are choosing an acupuncturist. It tells you that the acupuncturist has the necessary training, skills and experience to perform acupuncture. Also confirm that the acupuncturist has no history of malpractice claims or disciplinary actions. You can find the acupuncturist’s education, training, certifications, and malpractice and disciplinary history on Healthgrades.com and state websites.
3. Consider the Acupuncturist’s Experience
Experience matters when you’re facing pain, fatigue, and other chronic symptoms. The more experience an acupuncturist has with a condition or procedure, the better your results are likely to be. Ask how many patients with your specific condition the acupuncturist has treated. Also, find out about complication rates—complications the acupuncturist has encountered as well as your own risk of complications.
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