What To Expect From My First Visit

Before any treatment takes place you will be thoroughly examined.

So you can’t stand the pain any longer, and, you have decided to see a chiropractor. Apprehensive as to what should you expect on your first visit? Don’t be. It’s quite routine. Before the chiropractor even lays his/her hands on you, there are other preliminary activities which will take place and are as important.

Firstly, the chiropractor will have you fill out forms regarding your past medical history just like you do when you visit a dentist or medical doctor. What are some of the questions you will be asked? Primarily, questions having to do with the specific pain that caused you to go there in the first place:

Your chiropractor will be able to show you where your injury is located, explain what kind of treatment you require and how long such will take.

  • When and how did the pain start?
  • Where is it located?
  • Is it a result of an injury?
  • What activities/circumstances makes it better?
  • What activities/circumstances makes it worse?

The next step will be to take your vitals – i.e., blood pressure, pulse, respiration, reflexes, etc. An area which you do not test when seeing other doctors which you will test here are orthopedidc and neurological tests, which will evaluate:

  • Range of motion of the affected part
  • Muscle tone
  • Muscle strength
  • Neurological integrity

If your injury is back-related – mainly, lower back pain, it may even require chiropractic manipulation, also referred to as chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation, which refers to a manual “working” of the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.

To conduct a more exhaustive examination the chiropractor may also request diagnostic studies such as x-rays, an MRI scan and/or other lab tests (blood, HIV, etc.). Some chiropractors have x-ray capabilities in their clinics but, not MRI machines. For this you would have to go to another clinic performing those tests.

Once the chiropractor has gathered all of the above information he/she will be able to provide you with an informed diagnosis. The diagnosis involves informing you of what is wrong with you, what type of treatment you require and how long the treatment will last.

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