Your First Chiropractic Visit

Here is an Overview of What You Can Expect When You Have Your First Visit With One of Our Chiropractors…

COURTESY CONSULTATION:  Patient fills out a confidential health history describing the nature and history of their health complaint.

The doctor will then consult with the patient to determine if their condition can benefit from chiropractic care.

The doctor will then perform a complete physical, orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examination.  (To determine the cause of the patient’s health complaint.)

Takes approximately 30-45 minutes.

Height, weight, blood pressure, pulse.

Test movement of the spinal joints – restricted range of motion or pain are signs of joint dysfunction (disturbance, impairment, or abnormal function.).

Test nerve function – reflexes, motor (muscle) nerve functions, sensory (skin) function.  Decreased reflexes, loss of muscle strength and loss of feeling (numbness / tingling) are signs of nerve dysfunction (abnormal function).

Postural analysis – check for scoliosis, hyperlordosis (sway back), hyperkyphosis (hunch back).

X-RAY Examination (When indicated)
Used for diagnosing certain forms of arthritis, degenerative disc disease, fractures and congenital anomalies (hereditary defect).

After the examination, a report of the test and x-ray findings is scheduled so the doctor can explain what these tests tell us about the patient’s condition and overall health.

Some preliminary palliative care may be recommended at this time such as using ice to reduce inflammation and pain.

The significance of the examination findings is reviewed and the X-ray findings are discussed.  Then the appropriate treatment options are discussed to relieve pain, restore function and attain optimal health.

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