About Your First Visit
Your initial visit with us is a very important one.During this visit you and I will meet for the first time and determine the direction of your future chiropractic care. Please plan on one and a half to two hours for this appointment. Also, please bring any pertinent films or test results with you. This will prevent you from having the tests repeated or from delaying treatment while we wait for the films or results to arrive at our office.
Unfortunately, all doctor’s appointments begin with paperwork. It is important that we know who you are, your health history, and a detailed account of what has brought you to our office. This paperwork is available on the New Patient Paperwork page of this website. You can electronically submit it, print it, or just fill it out the old fashioned way in our office. We want you to choose the option that is best for you. Then it is important that we share information with you, such as possible side-effects of treatment, our expectations for payment, and how we handle your private health information, as outlined in HIPPA. Currently we have all of this paperwork in our office so you do not have to print it at home. Most of these forms require that you read them and sign them.
Once you have completed your paperwork, we will go over your current condition and health history with you. This makes sure that we have all the information we need to give you the best care possible.
I will perform a thorough head-to-toe examination based on your complaints, health history, and goals for treatment. This exam will include neurologic, orthopedic, postural, reflex, and physical tests. I will go over everything that I am doing as I am doing it and will make sure you understand the reason for and results of each test.
If I need x-rays to help rule out possible causes of your current complaint or to help determine appropriate treatment recommendations, we will discuss it before I take them. X-rays provide an amazing picture of what is going on with your bones and other tissue structures. Because you are exposed to a small amount of radiation, I only take them if they are absolutely necessary.
Report of Findings
Once I have all the necessary information, I will sit down with you and go over all your results. Together, we will come up with a treatment plan that is best suited for your medical needs, lifestyle, and treatment goals. Although we may not fully know how you will react to treatment until we start, you will have a good idea whether chiropractic can help you and how much treatment it will take to get you where you want to be. If you need a referral to another type of provider, I will go over this as well and provide some names.
Once a treatment plan is in place and all needed information has been obtained, I will be able to begin treatment. This will usually be during your first visit. Your initial visit may include chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, therapies, and/or soft tissue work.
If you are able to do anything at home to improve your condition and speed up your care, I will send you home with the information. This could include simply using ice or heat, using natural supplements, stretches, exercises, or lifestyle changes.