Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our practice. If you haven't already done so, we will request that you complete our patient forms. If you would like to complete our forms before your first appointment, you will find them on our website in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and main reasons for consulting our office.
Next, you will have a consultation with one of our doctors to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential care options. This initial visit is designed for the doctor to learn more about you, your concerns and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, the doctor will perform a thorough chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. A computerized scan of your nervous system, including thermography and electromyography, will also take place during the exam. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, 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 care 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 information is collected and examinations are performed, the doctor will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my care cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays (if necessary), the doctor will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. The doctor will provide the best care and wellness program for your needs.
At the conclusion of the Report of Findings appointment, you can choose to experience your first chiropractic alignment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of care at any time.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of the office. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our wellness team will work with you also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve excellent spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental attitude.