How Our Office Works
The doctor will discuss your condition and elaborate on the questionnaire that you have completed. A physical examination is then performed which checks your overall health such as blood pressure, pulse, height and weight, as well as more specific inspection of your reflexes, posture, muscles and range of motion. The doctor will diagnose your condition, prescribe X-rays or an MRI if necessary and recommend a treatment approach. X-rays may be necessary to determine if there is any contraindication or reason you should not be a chiropractic patient such as fractures or bone cancer. X-rays also give us a structural view of normal anatomy and posture. That is why the X-rays are taken with you standing upright.
Your treatment will have three phases. The first phase is to reduce pain, the second phase is to correct or improve your spine range of motion, and the third phase is to strengthen or maintain the spinal corrections.
It is important for you to understand that not only does chiropractic treatment get you out of pain, but that following thru with the treatment schedule is important to decrease the chances of the pain returning.
A re-examination will then be performed to determine your treatment progress compared to your initial examination. This will determine your second phase of the treatment plan, Spinal Corrections, at which time you will be given specific range of motion and stretching exercises to enhance your chiropractic treatment. The final phase of maintaining your spinal corrections is office visits for "Maintenance" to stabilize the spinal corrections of improved mobility. Patients often refer to these as the "feel good" visits. Depending on your body and health these may be once a month or longer.