What Can I Expect on My First Visit to a Chiropractor?
Your first visit will be composed of four sections: new patient intake paperwork, consultation, evaluation, and treatment. Any new patient appointment will include time spent filling out intake forms. We appreciate your patience during this process. This will provide the doctor the basic information about the condition that brings you into the office.
After filling out the intake forms, your consultation with the Doctor of Chiropractic will begin. This is valuable time for the doctor to get to know you and your health concerns better. The doctor will ask questions thoroughly to gather as much information as needed.
Once the consultation is over, it is time for the evaluation process. The chiropractor will perform a physical, chiropractic, neurological and orthopedic examination. Based on the doctor’s finding during the examination, x-rays may be obtained. This will help the doctor better understand your body and what is causing your discomfort.
Once the evaluation process is complete, your chiropractor may recommend a therapy session. This consists of massage and passive physiotherapy, such as moist hot packs or ice packs combined with electric muscle stimulation, among others. Therapy will be instrumental in letting the doctor know if that kind of treatment can provide you relief.
- Report & Personalized Treatment Plan
Once you are done with therapy, the doctor will assess your response to therapy, give you home care instructions and discharge you for the day. The doctor will take the time to properly study your medical history, your examination findings, and your x-rays to decide if your problem can be helped with chiropractic. On your next visit, the chiropractor will go over your evaluation findings and discuss what is causing your problem, if chiropractic can help you, and what treatment is recommended.