What to expect
Upon entering our office our receptionists will greet you and welcome you. We will request that you fill out our new patient forms, either located on this website to bring in with you, or in the office. The paperwork provides us with general information about yourself and your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with the Doctor to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential treatment options. Your first visit is designed to learn more about you, your condition and your expectations to determine how best we can meet your goals.
After your consultation, the Doctor will perform an examination, testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend as well as other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical examinations. Nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Your specific condition may require us to take x-rays to get a full evaluation. X-rays help us rule out more serious conditions and assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you. Most people are amazed once they see their x-rays, and can often identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Once all the results are in and the examination has been completed, the Doctor will be able to answer the three most common questions:
1. Can you help me?
2. What do you recommend that I do to get better?
3. How much is it going to cost?
Treatments may include spinal adjustments, physical therapies, and/or soft tissue therapies. Prior to leaving, you will be instructed on a wellness program to be conducted at home. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include ice or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches. Each individual is unique, and each person requires a unique and customized wellness plan.
Your total health care is a lot like building a house – things have to happen in a particular order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you put up your walls before you have a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and might collapse. Your body also has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases for your health care :
Step 1: Relief Care
Our first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is normal to require care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
Step 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During this next care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thus helping to prevent injury. It is normal to require care 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Step 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments for preventive care. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, depending on your lifestyle and goals.