A typical initial visit consists of the following sequence of events.
1. Fill Out Forms This takes about 10 minutes; however to expedite the process you can download the "Consent" & "Patient Info Sheet" forms to your computer, fill out the patient info sheet; save it then print both forms. Please bring identification and your insurance card if applicable.
Consent Form (257 KB)
Patient Info Sheet (381 KB)
2. Consultation You will meet the doctor for a thorough history of your present condition. This is very important because it will dictate the diagnosis and whether you are a candidate for chiropractic care. This takes approximately 10 -15 minutes.
3. Physical Examination Orthopedic tests will be performed. You might be asked to change into a gown if necessary. If the doctor feels that X-ray is necessary, X-rays will be taken. Remember, a thorough history and physical examination is critical in determining the correct diagnosis and therefore the appropriate treatment and course of action. If you have a recent X-ray, MRI, or other laboratory studies, it is recommended that you bring them with you to provide with more information.This takes approximately 15 minutes depending on the region/s of complaint.
4. Treatment If you are a candidate for chiropractic care, we shall go ahead and treat the region/s of complaint. Again, depending on the severity or region/s of your complaint, treatment may last 15-30 minutes. You may or may not get adjusted on the first day and just receive physical therapy (Ultrasound, heat/ice, muscle stimulator, etc.) and vice versa. We have a flat fee regardless of how many treatment procedures done on you. A typical treatment may include either one, or a combination or all of the following: a chiropractic adjustment, ice/heat, muscle work, Ultrasound, muscle stimulator, etc. This is part of the treatment is called passive care-- the patient simply receives treatment from the doctor. There is no charge for a follow-up visit unless treatment is rendered.
5. Home Care Instructions After treatment has been rendered, home care instructions will be given. This might include instructions on how to ice/heat the region at home, how to stretch, and what things you should avoid (lifting, playing sports, etc.) Remember, we cannot monitor what you do at home and therefore it is vital that you continue this part of treatment at home to avoid re-injury. This is called active care--the patient monitors her/his conditions, being careful to avoid things that might aggravate it..
6. The initial visit may last about 30-50 minutes, depending on your condition. Regular visits are shorter (15-30 minutes), depending on your condition.