Whether you are familiar with receiving chiropractic care, or are just getting acquainted with the benefits of treatment, it is never too early to look out for your long term health. The process follows a few simple steps to ensure that each patient receives the care they need.
First Appointment – Initial Examination
Your first appointment is an information gathering session that allows us to determine if you are a good candidate for Chiropractic care. After the doctor takes a thorough history, you will undergo and examination that involves chiropractic, orthopedic and neurological testing. Based on your history and examination findings, further testing may be required that could include imaging such as X-ray, MRI or ultrasound. However, in many cases if a diagnosis is evident, a preliminary treatment may be provided. At the very least, on this first visit the doctor will offer self-help advice to lessen your pain and improve your mobility until you meet again.
THE REPORT OF FINDINGS
On your next visit, the doctor will discuss his diagnosis and review any other relevant testing data, such as X-ray findings. He will tell you if Chiropractic care is the best option for your health concerns and exactly what treatment methods will be utilized. If the doctor does not feel that chiropractic is for you, he will make the appropriate referral or recommendation. At our clinic, we believe that an educated and engaged patient achieves their recovery goals much quicker and more completely. In other words, you and the doctor will discuss what he can do for you and what you can do to help yourself. This concept is central to any treatment program.
Some conditions respond quickly to chiropractic, while others may take some time. The doctor will try his best to get you back up to pain free, full movement status as soon as possible. A typical treatment session involves manual methods such as spinal and/or extremity adjustments, soft tissue therapy including Active Release and other modalities, and in some cases, spinal decompression using specialized equipment to manage disc or degenerative conditions. Remedial exercises are often introduced at the right time and further home care instructions will also be discussed.
At the Associate Chiropractic Clinic, our mission statement is:
“When you entrust us with your health, 2 things are at stake – your well-being and our reputation. We wouldn’t do anything to damage either one.”
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