Your second visit to the chiropractor will develop your treatment plan and get you on the path to wellness. We've already walked you through what to expect during your first chiropractic visit, now continue reading to discover what to expect when you return.
A Warm Welcome Back
At ChiroCare of Florida, you're more than just a patient. We treat everyone who walks through our doors like they're family, and our receptionists are sure to greet you warmly.
Our front desk staff will walk you through your visit and guide you to the exam room, where one of our knowledgeable ChiroCare of Florida chiropractors will meet with you. Through our years in practice, we've discovered that the best way to have a successful patient relationship is by thoroughly explaining everything in advance. Therefore, we begin your second appointment by detailing the source of your concern and how we can effectively treat it.
Report of Findings
Returning to the chiropractor after your first visit is a crucial step in treatment, as this is what we refer to as both the "Report of Findings," as well as the "Initial Relief Phase." To begin, your chiropractor will run you through his Report of Findings. Essentially, this is a briefing of the results of your physical exam and X-ray of the spine that you took during your first visit.
Your X-ray will reveal any pains or abnormalities in the spine, as well as shed light on your body's unique structure. Using this information, in conjunction with the information you provided in your patient questionnaire and results of your physical examination, your chiropractor will explain why and how your ailments are effecting your body.
Your chiropractor will outline the extent of the problem, as well as a prognosis for how effective chiropractic treatment will be. This is when your chiropractor will make any recommendations, suggestions for treatment, or request further testing. This is also your chance to address any concerns you may have.
Drafting Your Treatment Plan
Once your chiropractor has walked you through the details of your ailments, it is now time to draft your treatment plan. Your treatment plan typically exists in phases, including the initial period of relief, rehabilitation, and strengthening or preventive care. Types of chiropractic techniques offered at ChiroCare of Florida to be used during your treatment include:
- Spinal Manipulation
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM), including the patented Graston Technique
- Hot and Cold Therapy
- Electric Stimulation (E-Stim)
- Ultrasound Therapy
- Flexion and Extension Technique
- Therapeutic Exercises
- Manual Therapy
- Nutritional Support
Your chiropractor will work with you to outline the correct treatment plan that is right for your unique needs.
Achieving Initial Relief
Chances are you received a spinal alignment your first visit to the chiropractor. During your second, your chiropractor will inquire how your body felt after, if pain levels fluctuated, and where your level of discomfort is currently at.
Then, we can move forward to the Initial Relief Phase. This phase can range from one to three visits, or more, depending on the severity of your condition. This phase works to gently but effectively alleviate the pain and inflammation you're experiencing, in order to bring about a period of relief. Your chiropractor will utilize a variety of therapies included in your treatment plan for this step.
Scheduling Ongoing Treatment
Chiropractic care is most effective when its benefits are experienced over a period of ongoing treatment. Once you've reached your relief phase, your chiropractor will work with you on rehabilitation. This is designed to promote healing, as well as rebuild damaged tissue.
As you become stronger, your chiropractor will also continue with ongoing preventive care, so that you can keep aches and pains at bay. Your final step before leaving your second appointment will be to schedule your next visit.