Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center, if you have not done so ahead of time. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition. If you do not complete the forms before your appt, please call the office the day before to complete the forms over the phone or arrive 30 minutes early to ensure you do not cut into your appointment time.
Next, you will have a consultation with your provider to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for the doctor to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic or physical therapy care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, the doctor will perform a complete chiropractic/physical therapy evaluation testing your range of motion, reflexes, and flexibility. 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 refer you for X-rays at a dedicated radiology and imaging center. X-rays help us identify serious conditions and develop the most effective treatment plan. We do not require or refer patients X-rays unless their is a true need.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, your 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 treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays, your doctor will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Your doctor will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
At the conclusion of your evaluation, you can choose to experience your first treatment. 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 treatment anytime. It is very important to stick to the recommended treatment plan after your first visit to ensure you get the full benefit of treatment.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. 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 good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.