For new chiropractic care and acupuncture patients at the Back to Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture Wellness Center, your first visit will typically consist of four parts; a consultation with the doctor, an evaluationby the doctor and together with the doctor, a discussion about the findings and your personalized, suggested plan. Only then, once you’re comfortable, your first treatment. Please allow approximately 45 min to 1 hour of time for your first visit, a bit longer if you request/require additional treatments such as acupuncture, cold laser or kinesio taping.
Your initial appointment will begin by you telling the doctor how your discomfort or injury began. What hurts? Where does it hurt? When did it begin? What does the pain feel like? Does it affect your daily activities? Have you had any prior treatments with other physicians? The doctor will then ask specific questions to fill in the blanks and get a more complete picture of how your injury happened or how your discomfort began.
The doctor will then use the information learned from the history to determine what steps need to be taken during the exam. Different tests will be performed (functional, orthopedic and neurological) each to help identify what bodily structures are involved. In many cases the area that is painful isn’t the only problem area involved. These tests will help determine problems that may have initiated the injury process in the first place such as muscle imbalance, weakness and tightness, all of which may be the causing factor of your pain
Once all of the information is gathered from the history and exam, the doctor will then combine this information to form a complete diagnosis. Together, you will then go over the results of the exam and the doctor will explain all of the important information in a way that is easy to understand and relate to. We are always happy to answer any and all questions that you may have.
The next step will be to formulate a treatment plan that would both maximize your ability to heal quickly and effectively and minimize the chances of flare ups and the injury recurring. Your treatment plan and a clear strategy will be explained to you with detailed information that shares what is necessary address your issues and get you well. Your treatment process doesn’t end when you leave the Back to Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture Wellness Center. It is essential that we include home exercises and advice on how to avoid perpetuating factors so that your injury or pain doesn’t recur in the future. Throughout your course of treatment, the doctor will help you identify and correct the problems that are responsible for your pain or injury in the first place.
Please call the office if you have any questions about your care. We’re always happy to hear from you!