Your First Chiropractic Visit
Your first visit to a chiropractor should be an enlightening and pleasant experience. As with any other healthcare provider you have chosen, finding the right chiropractor will be a personal decision and one you want to consider carefully. When visiting a chiropractor for the first time, there will be certain things to look for in the office itself and questions you will want to ask.
Upon entering the clinic for the first time, take a good look around. Is the atmosphere a welcoming one? Are the facilities clean? Is the staff friendly? Your overall first impression is a good indicator of what kind of chiropractic care you can expect in the future.
You should be expected to complete a health history form similar to a health history you receive when visiting any other health care provider. It is important that you complete this information accurately. You may also be given chiropractic literature to review while waiting to be seen and many chiropractors also have educational videos available for new patients to view before seeing the doctor for the first time. If anything you read or hear prior to seeing the doctor is unclear, be sure to write your questions down on paper, so that you can have them answered during your consultation with the doctor.
Your chiropractor will discuss with you any specific pain or symptoms you may be experiencing. During the screening, you may be asked to bend and turn from side to side. Usually a standard orthopedic and neurological exam is performed and followed by any other diagnostic testing the doctor feels may be necessary, such as X-Rays. It is important to mention that not all Chiropractors recommend the use of diagnostic testing or use of “modalities” (specific therapies used before or after a chiropractic adjustment). During the interview, ask the chiropractor what techniques he uses and what his practice philosophy is. After addressing these two questions, you should have a good basic understanding of chiropractic care and how the doctor you are seeing plans on treating your problem or symptoms. Always discuss your expectations of care with the chiropractor. If you have questions regarding your plan of care or if you are not comfortable with what the doctor is recommending, discuss your concerns before leaving the clinic.