When you run a busy chiropractic practice, the one piece of equipment that is going to get the most use is your tables.
Over time, they are likely to become worn and tattered, which may make you wonder whether to replace them entirely or simply refurbish them with new pieces and parts.
Chiropractic table issues
Some chiropractors have the same table for the life of their practice, simply replacing the pads and upholstery every 10 to 12 years due to the visible signs of wear and tear. Even though it may not affect its function, it will most definitely impact its appearance.
However, it is also possible that some of the interior and movable parts can malfunction, too, putting you in a position where you have to make a decision as to whether you’re going to fix your current table or get a new one. Before you decide, there are a few basic factors that you’ll want to consider.
Probably the most important aspect to think about is the cost. You can spend thousands of dollars replacing the chiropractic table that you currently have, or you can possibly pay less than $100 to get a new part. Of course, you’ll also have a labor bill to get someone to replace it for you (unless you can fix it yourself), but this option is usually still less costly when compared to buying a new table—especially if your table was custom built.
Availability of parts
Another consideration that can have a huge impact on your decision to refurbish or replace is whether you can get the parts you need for your table. If you have a discontinued model, for example, or the part that is broken simply cannot be replaced, then you may have no choice but to get a new one. However, if you need a rod, rocker arm, or foot switch that is fairly easy to obtain, then it may make more sense to just replace it and continue using your chiropractic table for many more years to come.
Additionally, if you’re getting a table refurbished, it could take a couple of weeks. Therefore, if you only have one table, you may not be able to go without it, forcing you to purchase a new one so you can continue helping patients. Also, sometimes it makes more sense to go with a newer table that has more options, allowing you to provide better patient care.
Think like a new client
It may be enticing to simply refurbish your table and save yourself some cash, even when you know deep down that it should probably be replaced. However, prior to making this type of decision, think about how you would feel as a new client stepping into your chiropractic office for the first time.
What would you think walking into the adjustment area or room and seeing your table? What kind of experience would you have? What impression would you get that may determine whether you go back for a subsequent visit?
Answering questions like these may help you decide whether to refurbish or replace your chiropractic table. In the end, the decision is yours. Now at least you have some things to think about before you make it.