Bible, In my experience the best way to ensure that you are not wasting your time is to do a little investigating into the clinic that you are being referred to. Most places have websites that advertise their services. This is a good start because most of the time they state their treatment modalities and beliefs. Like Chutz said, there are lots of different styles. Some clinics deliver only alternative medicines, meaning acupuncture, herbal medicine, physicial therapy, and chiropractic. Some, like in my area, focus on things like spinal disc decompression. Others combine these tactics with conventional methods like pain reducing procedures and regular pain medications. Also, you can check out patient testimonials. I am personally leary of clinics that have no available patient testimonials to peruse. I like to have first hand opinions on the doc that I am seeing. Sometimes receptionists can be handy sources of information, too. I like to ask about whether a doctor is compassionate and is willing to listen. You may have criteria of your own, but its important to know what you want out of your visit. Good Luck!