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Upon entering the office, there will be new patient paperwork to fill out. This paperwork provides us with general information about yourself and your condition. You may also choose to fill out the paperwork prior to coming into the office, to help reduce the length of your visit. Please allow at least 1 hour for your first appointment.
After your paperwork has been completed, you will have a consultation with the doctor. During this consultation, your health related problems, past medical history, questions, concerns, and treatment options will be addressed.
In order to determine the cause of your pain, a detailed exam will be performed. This will allow the doctor to determine exactly what is going on and the best way to help you. After the exam, the doctor will discuss with you the best treatment plan for your condition.
Your condition may require us to take x-rays to rule out more serious conditions or to assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you. The necessity for x-rays will be determined during the exam.
Once you are finished with the paperwork, history, and examination, patients will generally be provided with their first treatment during this same visit. Treatment may include chiropractic care, manual therapy, soft tissue therapies, or nutritional counseling.
Prior to leaving, patients will be given at home instructions. This may include avoidance of certain activities, ice or heat application, as well as home exercises and/or stretches.
Generally speaking, patients are seen again within 1 week of their first visit. This is to evaluate how you responded to care and to help determine the best treatment plan for your condition. Following visits are generally much quicker than your first visit to the office, as no exam needs to be performed.