Your First Visit to Haynes Chiropractic
Patients typically visit a chiropractor for the first time through a personal reference or a referral of another health care specialist. The main goal of the first visit is to verify we can help you relieve and or correct the condition you present. Once we know you are a patient that can "get better" we'll proceed with the following:
In preparation for your consultation with the chiropractor, you will be asked to provide background information about your symptoms and condition. Types of questions the chiropractor might ask include:
- When and how did the pain start?
- Where is it located?
- Is it a result of an injury?
- What makes it better?
- What makes it worse?
- Your family Doctors and past procedures?
You will also usually be asked to provide the chiropractor with information on family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.
Once the history has been completed, your Doctor will perform a thorough chiropractic examination. In addition to general tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, the chiropractic examination will include specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:
- Range of motion of the affected part
- Muscle tone
- Muscle strength
- Neurological integrity
- X-rays ( if needed)
Based on the above examination procedures, further tests may be necessary to arrive at the assessment or diagnosis of the affected area (such as moving your leg in a specified manner, posture analysis, MRI, Nerve Conduction Testing ).
It's important to treat a patient when we know what is causing your condition. However, we offer emergency relief to easy immediate symptoms on the first visit if required.