What Can I Expect?
Your initial visit will require you to fill out some basic information about yourself, your primary complaint, and your past medical history. This information will then be reviewed by the doctor to further focus your care.
Following the review of your history, the doctor will take a more specific history pertaining to the musculoskeletal issue for which you are seeking care. The doctor of chiropractic will then perform a physical examination that may include, but is not limited to, range of motion, reflexes, muscle testing, postural analysis, balance, functional movements, and various orthopedic tests.
Based on the outcome of your examination a diagnosis will be given, and all possible options for care will be reviewed. Provided there are no major complications, a recommendation for care will be prescribed. Often, lifestyle modifications and simple exercises will be suggested to speed recovery. The details of the outlined plan will be reviewed during the following visit in a Report of Findings. This will describe the adjustments, frequency/duration of care, and any therapies being utilized. This is also a good opportunity for you as the patient to address any questions that may have arisen.
Should you need further consultation, a referral will be made to the appropriate specialist.
With a plan in place to fulfill your health needs, future visits will take just minutes. The purpose of these frequent visits will be to positively affect joint fixations and monitor the healing process. As a rule of thumb, the quicker an issue is addressed, the quicker it is to respond favorably.
Will I Need X-Rays?
X-rays and other types of imaging can be helpful, however, they are rarely needed to undergo care. In the event of major trauma, or following a short trial of non-responsive conservative care, imaging may be performed to rule out any underlying concerns. This determination is made following the completion of the history and examination.
How Long Until I Feel Better?
Some patients experience almost instant relief, while others discover it can take weeks, months, and sometimes years. Every patient recovers at their own pace, which is affected by your age, overall health, diet, compliance with care, and general attitude.
When Will I Get My First Adjustment?
This is a clinical decision that varies from patient to patient based on the complexity and severity of your complaints.
Will I Receive Medication for My Pain?
No. Chiropractors practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care.