Most people don’t think about their health until there’s a problem. As athletes, we never plan on getting injured, but unfortunately, it’s a part of the game. Even lacrosse.

From nagging aches and pains to more serious injuries, or even illness, it can be a stressful time when you’re trying to find the right doctor and treatment. Dare we say, a daunting challenge. 

You can either roll the dice with a doctor in your neighborhood, or you can ask around, perhaps getting recommendations from friends and family members. But do you really know how good these doctors are? 

Many web sites provide doctor ratings, but did you know some of these listings require payment from physicians to be promoted? That’s a scary thought.

Choosing a doctor shouldn’t be scary. Remember, you are in control of your choices when it comes to the doctors you see and the treatment you decide to receive. Don’t take a chance with your lacrosse injury. 

There are many ways to find a doctor, but significantly fewer ways to find a good one for you. Here are some tips to help you find the right doctor.

1. Consider the Source 
When you do a Google search or browse an online hospital directory, you may not realize that you are not getting objective results. These listings are from talented marketers skilled in search engine optimization, or health plans deciding which doctors need to fill their schedules with new patients. These searches don’t tell you about the doctor’s quality. 

Physician rating sites (much like other online ratings) can be populated with spam entries and sometimes even paid for by physicians. While ratings can occasionally give you an overall picture of the experience that patients have, they can still be misleading and shouldn’t be the only source for a decision about your care.

2. Be Comprehensive
When choosing the right doctor, you shouldn’t only consider geography, or where they went to medical school, or what languages they speak. You can and should want it all. You should be able to find a doctor across multiple criteria: one who is experienced in your condition and near your location and accepts your insurance and has been thoroughly evaluated.

3. Choose Convenience
As a part of your US Lacrosse membership, you already have access to the most convenient way to find the right doctor: SpecialtyCare ConnectThis benefit is free for your sports-related injuries, or you can upgrade to a family membership for all conditions, and with your US Lacrosse membership, it’s very affordable, starting at only $5.95/month. 
Within a few days of submitting a physician request, you’ll receive a packet via email with information about several, well-qualified specialists who are experienced in treating your condition, meet your preferences, are accepting new patients, and accept your insurance.

SpecialtyCare Connect makes sure you have the most accurate information about each physician, and you choose the doctor that’s right for you. No hours wasted researching or being concerned about the quality of the doctor you choose. Instead, save time and choose convenience from a trusted and unbiased resource.

SpecialtyCare Connect wants to make healthcare a lot easier to navigate because finding the right doctor doesn’t have to be complicated. 

Since SpecialtyCare is a free benefit of your US Lacrosse membership, why not give it a try? You’ve only got better health in your future.