What to Expect on Your First Visit
The friendly staff in our office will make sure your first time in our office will be a pleasant experience. Prior to seeing the doctor, patients are asked to complete a health history and provide any insurance information to the front office staff. The doctor will then sit down and review the health history form, asking important questions to determine the cause of the problem. By determining the nature of the complaint with such questions as what makes it better or worse, was it a gradual onset or sudden. Does it get worse as the day goes on or better? Has this ever happened before and what did you do to resolve it in the past? Other questions such as have you been to see a chiropractor before visiting our office and what did you like and what didn't work for you?
The purpose of the consultation, which lasts 10-25 minutes, is for the doctor to play detective, learning the underlying cause of the problem. A yes answer to a question may prompt asking a series of additional questions. For example if a patient states the pain is worse upon arising, it may indicate some component of the posture associated with sleep may have aggravated the condition. How old the mattress is, how many pillows a person uses, what position a person sleeps in, all can play a role in teaching a patient how to reduce postural stress to his or her spine.
The examination, which may last 15-30 minutes, picks up where the consultation leaves off. After taking the time to listen to the patient during the consultation, the doctor will generally have a pretty good idea what the cause of the problem is. This will determine what tests are then performed during the orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic testing. Additionally a postural analysis and range of motion testing will be performed. Specific muscle testing may also be performed. A base line of vitals and being made aware of any vitamins or medications a patient is on is learned here.
After the consultation and examination is performed other diagnostic tests may be performed in the office such as x-rays, surface EMG's, computerized muscle testing or a body composition analysis. In the event that the exam reveals a condition that requires services other then what is in the scope of this office, we may co-manage the care of a patient. That is to provide care to a patient while the patient receives additional care from an orthopedist, podiatrist, dentist, physiatrist, acupuncturist, massage therapist or nutritionist.
After all testing is completed the doctor will take the time to educate the patient to what is causing the problem that brought them into the office. In the event x-rays or other tests were done the results of those tests will be explained on the following visit.
In working with many athletes, ranging from the weekend warrior or traveling team youth athlete to elite, Olympic and professional athletes, we have learned that taking a team approach to healthcare works best. By educating the patient on what activities in their daily living aggravate their condition we can make small but important changes to improve an individual's health. Stretching and strengthening are integrated into the patient portion of the treatment program. It has been our experience in treating patients since 1986, that the more active a patient is in taking responsibility for their own healthcare the less likely the condition will return.
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