You may be wondering what you can expect at your first visit with a chiropractor. Don’t worry, you are not alone, this is a question that a good part of the population who has never been to a chiropractor is wondering as well. MySpine Chiropractic Center explains the steps and the process you can expect to encounter when visiting your local chiropractor.
Take A Thorough History
Any chiropractic appointment will start with the chiropractor sitting down and taking a detailed medical history. During this time the chiropractor will ask about family history, prior episodes, medications, occupation and your current episode. The chiropractor typically uses a mnemonic called OPQRST. This is where they will ask questions like when did it start, what makes it better, what makes it worse, how would you describe the pain, does it radiate, severity on pain scale of 0 to 10, and how long?
Perform A Physical Examination
During this stage of your visit, your doctor will check blood pressure, pulse, respiration, reflexes, as well as ortho and neurological tests to asses:
- range of motion
- muscle strength
- muscle tone
- neurological integrity
Determining The Need For Diagnostic Studies
Upon completion of the medical history and the physical examination, the chiropractor will determine whether any other diagnostic studies are necessary to make a diagnosis. Diagnostic studies are not always necessary and should only be used if the chiropractor determines there is a red flag or will provide information that is necessary to treat the patient. The most common diagnostic studies you chiropractor may order include:
- Lab Tests
After completing a thorough medical history, physical examination and any necessary diagnostic studies your chiropractor will then determine a diagnosis. It is at this point where the chiropractor can determine whether you are a candidate for chiropractic care and will benefit from treatment in their office.
During this stage of your visit the chiropractor is going to discuss the treatment process and goals. Treatment may include:
- chiropractic adjustments
- therapeutic modalities such as interferential current therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, or even ultrasound
- hot/cold applications
- spinal decompression
- rehabilitation exercises to strengthen/stretch certain muscles
- other recommendations such as massage or nutrition advice
After discussing the specific types of treatment you may need, the chiropractor will discuss the short-term and long-term goals of treatment. Throughout the process the chiropractor will most likely perform re-examinations to determine the progress you are making and whether the goals he has set are being met.
If you have any other questions about what to expect at your visit with the chiropractor, contact MySpine Chiropractic Center in Round Rock and we would be happy to help.
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