During the first visit, the doctor of chiropractic—commonly referred to as a chiropractor—will complete a thorough examination that typically includes:
• Patient history • Physical examination • Diagnostic studies - when indicated • Diagnosis • Chiropractic treatment plan
Prior to your initial consultation, you will be asked to fill out forms that provide background information about your symptoms and condition. Questions may include:
• When did your pain/condition start?
• Where is the pain located?
• Did pain/condition immediately follow an injury or accident?
• Does anything improve or worsen the pain?
• What treatments have you already tried, and how successful were
You may also be asked to provide family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.
To properly diagnose your problem and design a treatment program, your doctor of chiropractic needs to know about any of the following:
• Bone disorders such as osteoporosis
• Implants like pacemakers, artificial joints, cosmetic implants, etc.
• Circulatory problems
• Dizziness or blurred vision
• Heart conditions such as hypertension
• Injuries, such as bone fractures, muscle sprains/strains, or disc injuries
• Joint disorders such as arthritis
• Any current health condition for which you are receiving care from
another health care practitioner
When applicable, bring with you any copies of previous tests (for example, MRI or X-ray reports), lab results, and a list of any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbs, teas, and homeopathic and/or naturopathic substances.
Chiropractic Physical Examination
The next step is a physical examination. Your chiropractor will perform and evaluate your condition and develop a working diagnosis. In addition to general physical examination procedures such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and temperature, the examination will include specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:
Diagnostic studies help diagnose conditions more accurately. The most commonly used by chiropractors include:
• MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT, or bone scan
• Laboratory tests
The combination of the history, examination, and diagnostic studies will allow your chiropractor to reach a specific diagnosis, which will help the doctor of chiropractic determine whether your condition or pain may respond to chiropractic care.
Your treatment plan may also involve collaborative care with other health care providers, such as your primary care physician, a physical therapist, or a neurologist. In many cases, such as those involving lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary treatment method. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal problems associated with the condition.
If you and your doctor of chiropractic agree that chiropractic care will help, you will receive your first chiropractic adjustment. While patients are typically asked to lie on a specially designed table, the chiropractor most often uses his or her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, to reduce pain and restore or enhance joint function. Your doctor of chiropractic will adapt the treatment plan to meet your specific needs. Other treatments, including therapeutic ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, ice and heat, traction, vaso-pneumatic device, soft-tissue massage, and rehabilitative exercises, may also be used.
The extent and duration of the patient’s problems, coupled with the hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment, may require numerous visits. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you how long you can expect the treatment to last.
You may also receive instructions on certain activities or procedures to conduct at home. This may include ice or heat application, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches.
When Will I Feel Better?
Many patients feel immediate relief following their first chiropractic treatment, but it may take others two to three weeks before they achieve substantial progress. Many factors can affect the healing process: are you suffering from a chronic problem or pain? Do you smoke? Are you following the recommended treatment plan? Usually, the more fully a patient carries out the doctor’s recommendations, the more significant the results.
Our chiropractors put your specific needs first. We are proud to provide a high quality level of customer service, chiropractic experience, and commitment to health and wellness to all our patients. Our goal is to improve your lifestyle by caring for your health.
With years of experience, our chiropractors are capable analyzing your body and creating a custom pain relief and rehabilitation plan to benefit your health. We understand the importance of educating you on chiropractic care so that you can heal quickly.
Not only will our team treat your existing conditions, we strive to prevent pain and illness from reoccurring. We strive to help you improve your quality of life, achieve your wellness goals, and heal your body to live your best life possible.
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Our experienced team of chiropractors are knowledgeable in spinal and chiropractic adjustments. The purpose of spinal adjustments is to return the spine to a natural state of health and to reduce pain, muscle spasms, and nerve irritation, so you can enjoy your life pain free.
Our team understand the stress and pain patients are in following personal injury accidents. We analyze, diagnose, and create an individualized treatment plan for whiplash and soft tissue injuries. We will thoroughly explain your treatment and update your insurance agency on your behalf.
Most work injuries are caused by overuse and repetitive stress injuries. Overtime, small tasks done with poor posture can lead to acute and chronic pain, which can result in reduced worker productivity, lost time from work, disability, and an inability to perform job tasks.
Please contact us directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.
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