What to Expect From Your Chiropractic Visit
Let's face it- going to see a medical professional for the first time can be tricky business. You may have a rough idea of what to expect based upon previous experiences, what people have told you, internet research, etc. But what about the unexpected? Will the staff be friendly? What kinds of questions will they ask you? What questions should you be prepared to ask them? What are they going to tell you? Will it be expensive? How long will the wait be? Will they be able to help you? And the list goes on.
When it comes to chiropractic care, most likely, you're concerns will be the same. Therefore, we've gone ahead and given you a quick run-down of what you can expect from your first visit to your Doctor of Chiropractic (or DC):
The Registration Process
The check-in process at most chiropractic practitioners' offices is much like that of any medical professional. You will give the person working at the front desk your name, your ID, and your insurance card (if applicable), and then you will most likely be given a packet of papers to fill out prior to your appointment with the DC. These will mainly include your medical history, as well as explaining the reason for your visit.
The Physical Exam
Beginning with a routine physical exam, your chiropractic practitioner will do a more in-depth examination of your spinal area and will pay special attention to any areas where you are experiencing pain or discomfort. Furthermore, because of the intricately laid-out nervous system, they may be spending more time on areas that you were unaware were related to your pain. For instance, if you are experiencing pain in your lower back, your practitioner may concentrate on the area around the neck, due to the possibility of secondary irritations. You may also have a series of x-rays done. This will help you DC to look at the condition of your bony anatomy and soft tissue, as well as to notice any irregularities.
The Treatment Plan
After your DC has conducted a thorough physical examination, you will most likely sit down with them in order to make a treatment plan that will work for you. Your practitioner will discuss with you what they concluded during the physical exam, and give you their input as to what the best course of treatment will be, and what they specifically can do for you. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have, and to voice any concerns. Together, you and your DC can come up with a plan that will help you to reach your goal of health.