Q. What can I expect on my first visit?
A. The first thing a
chiropractor will do is ask you about the health complaints about
which you are chiefly concerned. The DC will also ask about your
family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had
(chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other
questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness
and the best way to go about treating the problem.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with your
DC's clinical judgment, which may include x-rays, laboratory
analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful
spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any
structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your
condition. All of these elements are important components of your
total health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in
evaluating your problem.
Q. What do first-time patients need to bring?
is helpful, although not absolutely necessary, if first time
patients bring copies of medical records and any recent x-rays and
MRIs. Patients will be asked to fill out our clinic
to determine the nature and extent of your problem. We will need
to know what types of medication you currently take, your
insurance information, and the details of any injuries you may
have suffered as the result of previous accidents.
Q. What kind of tests are involved in the initial
A. We take advantage
of the latest technology to accurately evaluate and diagnose your
individual problem. We perform imaging tests, such as x-rays and
also order laboratory tests, CTs and MRIs, when indicated to help
in the diagnosis of your problem and in developing our plan for
your treatment. We also perform the customary
physical examinations and tests such as neurological, orthopedic,
spinal range of motion, muscle strength, flexibility testing and
Q: What are the phases of Chiropractic care
Chiropractic care is like building a house – certain things have
to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand
strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to
put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls
would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your
roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same
problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go
through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself
correctly and fully. There are three general phases of
chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first
objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of
your problem, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for
2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are
allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury.
It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months,
depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for
periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually,
this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per
month, based on your lifestyle and goals.
Also in an effort to make the initial visit go smoother for you we
have included online the forms which you will fill out when you
visit our office for the first time. Please print these out and
complete them and bring them with you to your visit.