What you can expect on your first visit:
On your first Visit:
If you have not already done so, once you arrive at the office you will be asked to complete some brief paper work and sign our HIPAA Release as well as Informed Consent forms. The new patient paperwork provides us with general information about you and your condition.
After the paperwork has been completed, you will have a consultation with one of our doctors or one of our trained chiropractic assistants. They will discuss the reason for your visit, your health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential treatment options and answer any questions you might have.
History and Examination:
After discussing your current condition and/or symptoms, the examiner will take a brief health history to obtain some background information. In order to determine what your actual problem is, you will be asked various questions related to your condition. Next, the examiner will perform a few specific, specialized movement checks to determine your range of motion and if certain movements cause an increase or decrease in pain levels. These specialized tests will help determine which tissues are affected and to what extent.
Most likely taking a limited series of x-rays will be required. This helps the doctor determine what exactly is going on with your spinal condition and will assist in developing the most effective treatment plan for you. X-rays also help rule out more serious conditions.
Same Day Treatment:
After your consultation, examination and x-rays are completed, the doctor will go over what he sees on your x-rays with you. You will then receive a chiropractic adjustment.
Prior to leaving, you will be given instructions on certain activities or procedures to be conducted at home. This may include ice or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions.
Schedule Your Next Appointment:
You will be asked to schedule a convenient appointment time for your follow-up visit. Generally speaking, patients are seen within 1-2 days for a subsequent adjustment and are provided with a complete review of findings. Treatment options for your condition will also be discussed during this time, along with specific stretches to do at home targeted to your condition. One of our chiropractic assistants will also go over our fees, your insurance coverage if applicable and/or our choices of care plans.
Your Second Visit
Report of Findings:
On your second visit, you will receive another chiropractic adjustment and given a "report of findings". This report is a synopsis of what was found during your health history, examination and x-rays. The doctor will answer the three major questions that most new patients ask: (1) What caused my problem? (2) Can chiropractic help my problem? (3) How long will it take to correct? Please feel free to ask any additional questions that you may have. One of our chiropractic assistants will schedule your next and subsequent visits, based on the doctors recommendations for care.
It is important that you adhere to your care schedule and participate in the stretching program as closely as possible to receive the most benefits from chiropractic.