If you have been considering attending a chiropractic facility to receive spinal adjustments for the first time, you should come prepared for your first visit to be very similar to an appointment with your other healthcare providers. Although your first visit will vary depending on your specific needs and requirements, it will most likely consist of an initial patient intake, a physical exam with questions about your current health and any pain you are experiencing, treatment catered to your needs, and a follow-up plan.
You will be given a number of forms, including a questionnaire, which you will need to fill out and return to reception before your appointment begins. These forms, along with the questionnaire, will assess your current state of health, any conditions you would like further investigated, your medical history, and any and all other chronic pains or injuries which you would like to note.
The forms will also request your profession and any physical activities that intensify pain or discomfort you may be experiencing. The patient intake is your chance to jot down the reason for your visit and any health goals you may wish to reach with the help of your chiropractor.
Once you have filled out the patient intake forms and are called in to see your chiropractor, a physical exam will take place. Normally, your chiropractor will take this time to assess your range of motion, judge your reflexes, and measure your muscle strength. The chiropractor will pay close attention to the neck and spine areas, which are the main areas of chiropractic care and will receive the largest amount of time and attention from your provider.
After this is completed, the chiropractor will examine any areas of the body which you have specified are causing you additional pain or discomfort. This normally involves an X-ray of the spine. This will not only pinpoint any major pains or abnormalities, but will also give your chiropractor an understanding of the structure of your unique anatomy.
Spine and Neck Adjustment
Once you have completed your initial intake and received your first physical exam with X-rays, you will receive your first back adjustment. This normally takes place on a table designed for chiropractic treatments, in which you can lie face down, face up, on your side, or sitting upright, depending on your specific needs.
If you have an underlying condition, chronic pain, or multiple issues or pains which you are experiencing simultaneously, you most likely will require ongoing care to relieve your symptoms. This can range from weekly appointments to monthly sessions, depending on what you hope to gain from ongoing care. Your chiropractor will be by your side to assess your overall health, specific condition, and goals, and together you can come up with a treatment plan that works for you.
If you are experiencing pain in your back or neck and are considering chiropractic treatment, let the professionals at ChiroCare of Florida guide you through your first session. Contact our chiropractic treatment team today at 877-392-4402.