Your First Chiropractic Appointment
Your first visit to a chiropractic specialist will be not unlike a visit to any other type of medical specialist or healthcare provider. The first step will include the typical patient intake which anyone familiar with a trip to the hospital or doctor’s office should be quite familiar with. The intake is then followed by a physical exam, treatment, and follow-up proceedings.
This procedure is fairly standard amongst medical professionals and allows the doctor to analyze your condition, cultivating a treatment plan as needed that works for you, and your specific conditions.
Patient Intake Process
The beginning of your chiropractic appointment will be similar to a standard physician visit. When you check-in, you will be given a health questionnaire to assess your current state of health, medical history, isolated or chronic conditions, and any other pertinent information. You will likely answer additional questions regarding your profession and other physical activity that you may engage in that can exacerbate pain, discomfort, and tightness. The intake process is the most opportune time for a patient to express anything regarding their pain history and their health goals for the future.
The Physical Exam
During the physical portion of your appointment with the chiropractor, your range of motion in the affected area, as well as reflexes, and muscle strength will be measured. The most important areas that your specialist will analyze are the neck and spine. These are the foundations of chiropractic care and are often the basis of a majority of discomforting issues in the body.
You may also undergo an X-ray of your spine. The X-ray helps the chiropractor understand the overall structure and alignment integrity of your spine. The X-ray also helps the chiropractor to see any possible misalignment or damage to the spinal column.
Once you have undergone an initial consultation and examination, your chiropractic specialist can determine if an adjustment would be of benefit to your condition. In many cases, a chiropractor can make an adjustment to your spinal column, offering you immediate relief and additional flexibility.
Your initial adjustment will take place on a chiropractic table made specifically for this type of care. You can receive an adjustment while in a face down, sitting, on your side, or on your back position.