Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you and request that you complete our new patient forms located in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with the doctor to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for the doctor to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, the doctor will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. Rest assured, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take X-rays as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
Once the doctor has reviewed your health history, examination findings and x-ray results, you will be given a thorough "Report of Findings". The doctor will fully explain your condition as well as the treatment recommendations. This is the time to learn about your condition and what is needed to get better. We encourage you to ask any and all questions you may have. Most patients have three main concerns:
- What is wrong with me?
- Can you help?
- How much will it cost?
The Report of Findings is also the time that the doctor will let you know if you require a referral to a different health care provider. If we believe we can help you, we will. If we feel we cannot help you, we will find you a doctor who can.
The Report of Findings is typically done on your first visit but if x-rays or other imaging are required it will be done on your second visit.
After the Report of Findings, it is up to you to decide if Chriopractic care is right for you. If you do choose to begin, you will receive your first treatment immediately. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Prior to leaving the office on your first day, the doctor will give you a few home instructions to complement your treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into the office, this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at-home exercises and/or stretches.
Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Just as Dentists recommend a preventative program of regular dental care, Chiropractors recommend regular "Wellness" treatments to maintain optimal spinal health. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. When you are ready for a Wellness program, the doctor will sit down with you and create a customized program that is right for you. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve optimal spinal alignment and have a healthy diet and exercise program so you can lead a pain-free healthy life.