Your first visit to a new doctor can be a little disconcerting. Concerns over going to a strange office, meeting the team, and what tests and procedures will be done are all-natural questions to have. However, knowing what to expect during your first visit can go a long way towards alleviating your concerns. Here is a breakdown of what to expect during your first chiropractic visit:
Consultation and Member Intake
Some people like to conduct an initial consultation with the chiropractor, like an interview. This may be done over the phone before you go into the office, or it can be done in person after you arrive. Once you have satisfied yourself that you are comfortable with the doctor’s expertise and care, a member intake will be done.
The intake will typically include a case history that will cover previous medical conditions and symptoms. You will need to fill out forms about your medical background, such as prior injuries, illnesses and surgeries, a family history, current medications, allergies and the issue that brought you in to see the doctor. Specific questions will include how and when the pain started, where it is located and under what conditions does it get better or worse.
A comprehensive exam will include routine monitoring of blood pressure, heart, and respiration rates. The more specific test will consist of orthopedic and neurological assessments for:
• Muscle strength and tone
• Range of motion of the affected area
• Neurological integrity
The doctor will most likely have you perform specific movements to assess the affected area. The doctor may recommend further diagnostic tests, such as an x-ray or MRI.
An evaluation of the exam will be presented verbally. Some doctors will also provide a written copy of their diagnoses. If a written transcript is not provided, it is your right as a practice member to request one. The doctor will thoroughly explain the findings of the examination and recommend a course of action.
Chiropractic Care Plan
Care will typically consist of some form of joint adjustments and/or soft-tissue massage to realign any misaligned joints and relax muscles in the spinal column, shoulders, hips, pelvis or extremities.
Provided a proper diagnosis can be reached, the chiropractor will most likely perform your fist adjustment during your initial visit. However, if more extensive tests, like a CAT scan, are needed to reach a firm diagnosis, then the first adjustment may be postponed until after the test result are received.
Depending on the severity of the condition, the doctor may feel you require a followup or ongoing care.
If you have never visited a chiropractor before, don’t let your apprehensions keep you from seeking relief. If you are looking for a chiropractor in Brookfield, give our office a call. Our team at Pure Family Chiropractic is trained to answer any questions you may have and we promise to put your mind at ease and always make your health and well being our top priority.