What to Expect For Your First Chiropractic Visit
If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, there are probably a few questions running through your head. It is normal to feel anxious prior to your first adjustment, so fear not and keep reading! Hopefully, we’ll answer your questions and calm those nerves!
As most “first” appointments go with chiropractors or any other healthcare providers, you’ll start with a consultation. This is crucial because you provide the doctor with important information needed for the symptoms or conditions you are seeking treatment for as well as provide insights on your health history. This way, the doctor will be able to better understand what actions need to be taken to help you on your way back to health, comfort and an active lifestyle.
Some sample questions you might be asked are:
- When did the pain first occur?
- How did the pain start?
- What could have caused the pain to start?
- Does anything cause it to become better or worse?
Before a chiropractic adjustment, your doctor will perform a physical examination. The tests are quite general and can include reflex or other orthopedic neurological tests, strength and tone of muscle test, and a test of your range of motion. The purpose of the examination is to gather important information needed for a proper diagnosis and efficient treatment plan.
How Long Will It Take?:
Your first chiropractic appointment shouldn’t last longer than an hour. There will need to be enough time to perform all the above steps needed to form an evaluation of your condition and a proper diagnosis. It is important that healthcare providers don’t rush through any of these processes, especially since it’s your health on the line. No crucial information should be left out.
Deciding on a Treatment Plan:
Depending on the severity of your condition, some chiropractors may begin your customized treatment plan during your first visit. For some patients, though, additional appointments must be scheduled to begin treatment.
Your chiropractor will set goals throughout your visits to track progress based on the information they’ve been given. Every patient and treatment plan is different, so keep an open mind and let’s get to work on bringing you closer to a healthier and more comfortable life.