You may want to know what to expect after your scheduled chiropractic visit or spinal adjustment. Allow us to walk you through the process.
Your Medical History
Just like any other initial visit to a medical specialist, your first visit to a chiropractor will start with a consultation. You need to complete a few forms to make sure that your care provider is familiar with your medical history. These details will allow the professional to establish a relationship between your current and previous conditions as well as allow him to determine the root cause of your current issues.
A Thorough Physical Exam
A thorough physical exam will be performed before offering any form of treatment. This is very similar to a routine doctor’s visit; including things such as breathing rate, pulse, reflexes, and any necessary orthopaedic and neurological tests. Such tests are designed to provide necessary details for a proper diagnosis of your discomfort.
Diagnostic Testing & Diagnosis
Once your chiropractor has gathered your medical history and completed a thorough physical exam, they will conduct diagnostic testing. Here, all the collected information will be analyzed in order to diagnose the cause of your pain. This stage of your initial visit may involve X-Rays, MRI scans and more.
Once all of these factors have been considered, they will be in a position to diagnose your condition accurately. With this information, you will decide whether to go on with the prescribed care, or to seek alternative treatments recommended for your condition.
How Long Will My First Visit Take?
This can vary, but typically the first visit will take around one hour. That will be enough time to fill the initial forms, do the necessary tests, analyze the information gathered, and accurately diagnose the condition. Do not settle for someone who will rush the process, because your health takes priority. Rushing the process could result in an inaccurate diagnosis.
Your care provider may even suggest that you start getting treatment straight away, but this will depend on the severity of your condition. In some cases, however, patients will be introduced into a tailored treatment program during the following appointment.
As a patient, keep in mind that every visit should meet your specific needs. Your initial visit is certainly no exception. Be sure that you work with an Arlington Chiropractor who will listen to your needs in order to effectively and safely relieve current and prevent future pain.