As a new chiropractic care or acupuncture patient at Back to Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture, you should allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for your first appointment. The 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. New chiropractic and acupuncture patients should allow about 45 minutes to 1 hour for the first visit.
After you’re comfortable in the patient exam room, the doctor will join you to review your new patient forms and talk through your concerns, health history and goals for treatment. Our office knows this is a vital part of the visit and we ask that you try and arrive to your first appointment as scheduled to allow plenty of time for a conversation. Each patient’s care begins with their unique condition and sharing any information you feel will help the doctor to understand how best to help is always welcome. So are any questions you may have for the doctor about the office or your care!
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) 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 and a potential treatment plan in a way that is easy to understand and relate to. We are always happy to answer any 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 to address your issues and get you well.
Your treatment process does not end when you leave the Back to Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture Wellness Center. During your visit, the doctor will share and review home exercises and advice on how to avoid factors that may slow you from healing or cause your injury or pain to reoccur in the future. By helping you identify and correct the causes of your pain or injury, we can be sure that your treatment plan works for you and your life.
After your visit, please know that you can call the office if you have any questions about your care. We’re always happy to hear from you!
If you’ve already set up your first appointment, check out what to bring along with you. We look forward to meeting you!