Chiropractic Basics: What to Expect on Your First Visit
Upon entering our office our receptionist will greet you and welcome you as a member of our family. We request you go to the "New Patient Center" on our website before your visit to our office and fill out our new patient forms. The paperwork provides us with general information about yourself and your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with one of our Doctors to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential treatment options. Your first visit is designed for our doctors to learn more about you, your condition and your expectations to determine which types of treatment will you meet your goals, as well as teach you some of the chiropractic basics.
After your consultation, the Doctor will perform an examination testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend as well as other standard neurologic, orthopedic, postural, and physical examinations. Nothing will be done in our office without first getting your consent.
Your specific condition may require us to take x-rays to to get a full evaluation. X-rays help rule out more serious conditions and assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you. Most patients are amazed once they see their x-rays and can often immediately identify postural misalignments and other skeletal conditions themselves.
Report Of Findings
Once all the information and examinations have been performed, the Doctor will give you a report of findings to answer the three most popular questions:
- Can you help me?
- What do you recommend that I do to get better?
- How much is it going to cost?
After discussing with you your history and your goals, examining you and reviewing any x-rays or tests, the Doctor will discuss recommendations with you. If you have a condition that requires care with other providers or specialists, the doctor will inform you and make that recommendation. If the Doctor believes we can help you, we will recommend treatment and a wellness program.
Patients will generally be provided with their first treatment at the conclusion of the appointment. This may include spinal adjustments, physiotherapies, and/or soft tissue therapies. Treatment is interactive, so we encourage you to express any concerns you have about the type of treatment you will be most comfortable with.
Prior to leaving, patients will be instructed on a wellness program to be conducted at home. If you are in pain when you first come into our office, this may include ice or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as an analgesic gel/cream. If you desire an overall wellness lifestyle, our wellness team will work with you to create good habits and routines as well as some home exercises and stretches to support your success. Everybody is unique and different and therefore everyone requires a unique and customized wellness plan. The foundation of our overall wellness lifestyle is maintaining healthy posture and good spinal alignment, eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, keeping your weight under control and stress relief.
If you have any questions or concerns, or you're ready to schedule a visit with a chiropractor, give us a call at 817-484-0357. You can also contact us here.