What you should expect on your first office visit:
Before we can help you, we need to evaluate your Health History, and perform a thorough Examination of the region(s) of your complaint and any related areas.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment, so that you can fill-out an Application for Treatment. These forms will be filled out on the computer and will tell us your “chief complaint”, how long you may have experienced it, and any incidents which might have caused, or contributed to it. It is commonly acknowledged that about 90% of diagnosis comes from an accurate history, so please fill it out to the best of your capability. If you struggle with using a computer, our staff will be there to assist you.
If you have been involved in an accident (automobile or work related), please let us know before your appointment and report it to your employer/supervisor if it is a work injury.
Dr. Gary or Mark Parsons will review your history with you, then perform a full examination. Exams involve light touch, called palpation, and orthopedic and neurological tests, which will assess the muscles, ligaments, nerve tissues, and the circulatory and lymphatic tissues in the region of your complaint.
Once we have determined the nature of your problem, we will design a Care Plan to resolve your health issue. This may involve spinal adjusting (also known as “spinal manipulation”), joint mobilization, a variety of soft tissue techniques (similar to massage), life-style or diet management recommendations, laser therapy, and/or other holistic approaches.
Chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery by choice, because our natural methods have been proven to be as (or more) effective than medical approaches, and without the risk of side-effects associated with drugs and surgery. If you have a rock in your shoe, and your foot hurts, then it wouldn’t it be pointless for you to take aspirin for the pain (or to give you muscle relaxants, massage, physical therapy, etc.)? In fact, pain is not your problem! Pain indicates there is a problem. The problem is that you have a stone in your shoe! Chiropractic Analysis helps us to locate that “stone”, so that we can remove this obstacle to your full expression of health. When the “pebble” has been removed, the pain will stop, and normal function invariable returns. It’s just that simple!
Do I need to bring anything with me on my first visit?
Bring a copy of your Health Insurance Card if you have one. Bring you medication and vitamin list. If you have current x-rays you can bring them as well.
If you have been involved in an automobile accident, please bring a copy of the accident report, and a copy of your own auto insurance card. W
e will contact your Claims Adjuster and help you to file your claim.
If you were hurt at work, you need to have already filed a report with your employer. We will speak with them to help file your claim with their Workers Compensation Carrier.
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