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If you’ve never visited a chiropractor, you may have some questions about how your first visit would go. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect with that first visit.
Your First Visit
It is important to have all of your medical information ready when you go. This means bringing any imaging tests (MRIs and X-rays) plus information on any medications, treatment plans, or physical therapy you may have already completed. Bring any records and tests you have in your possession, and other records may be requested from your providers when you come in.
During the initial consultation, we will ask questions about your current condition, such as how bad is your pain on a scale from 1-10, what caused your condition, have you ever had this before, what do you do that makes it worse, what do you that makes it better, what other providers have you seen for this condition, what did they do, did it help, etc.
We will then gather a complete medical history that includes not only your current status but also any previous injuries or underlying medical conditions.
Once your history is gathered, we will complete a physical exam. The exam will consist of a postural exam, range of motion exam, sensory testing, reflex testing, muscle strength testing, orthopedic testing, leg length evaluation, and palpatory exam.
If you never had imaging, if it is out of date, or if your condition has changed since your last MRI or X-ray was taken, we may order additional imaging.
We will then review your history, examine findings and any imaging, and come up with a treatment plan.
This is your day to find out what is wrong and if we can help. When you go to a chiropractor’s office, whether you realize it or not, you want four questions answered:
- What is my problem?
- Can you help?
- What do we need to do to correct it?
- What’s it going to cost?
We will answer those questions on your second day. Why the second day? We first have to thoroughly review your consultation, your exam findings, and your imaging, and we also may be requesting records from previous providers.
We will go over your X-ray and/or MRI findings, your pertinent exam findings, your diagnosis, and your individualized treatment plan, as well as your insurance benefits and your associated costs before you start treatment.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
When you talk to people about chiropractic, you’re going to hear all different kinds of opinions. Friends, neighbors, coworkers, even your medical doctor, orthopaedic, or neurosurgeon—they’re going to give you different opinions, and some of them might even tell you it’s not safe. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Chiropractic care has been shown to be extremely safe. We’ve treated 2-month-old babies and 90-year-old ladies, and pretty much everybody in between. As a matter of fact, chiropractors have some of the lowest malpractice insurance rates of any healthcare providers.
If chiropractic wasn’t safe, professional athletes wouldn’t use chiropractic to treat injuries and improve performance—athletes like Derrick Rose, Scottie Pippen, Tom Brady, Wade Boggs, Evander Holyfield, Tiger Woods, and even Jonathan Toews.
As the respected Mayo Clinic has stated, “Chiropractic adjustment is safe when it's performed by someone trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care.” Your safety is our top concern, and we would never do anything to put you in harm’s way.
Are Chiropractic Treatments Painful?
The most common questions we get before the start of treatment is, “Will it hurt?”
One of the things we do is something called “tolerance testing.” We can actually test a person to see if they can tolerate our treatments. Only if they pass tolerance testing do we proceed with treatment. Our first goal is always not to make things any worse. Our treatments are gentle, light, and painless—and very effective.
How Much Will It Cost?
With higher deductibles and copays nowadays, everyone has to be more conscious with their healthcare dollars. Before we start treatment, we review your insurance benefits, so you’ll know what your benefits are and what your specific costs will be beforehand.
So, is it expensive?
In 2012, a cost-effectiveness study found chiropractors to be more cost-effective than medical doctors and physical therapists for most conditions. Research also shows that chiropractic patients have:
- Fewer hospitalizations
- Fewer days in the hospital
- Fewer surgeries
- Less drug costs
If you have a health problem, you’re going to have to pay someone to get rid of that problem—wouldn’t you rather pay someone less, with a higher success rate?
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
When you have a healthcare problem, you want to fix it fast, and you want the relief to last. The European Spine Journal and the British Medical Journal have published research which concludes that chiropractors get people better faster with longer-lasting relief.
Additionally, Topics in Clinical Chiropractic showed a 91% success rate in 90 days with just one of the techniques we use.
So, if you think you’re ready for your first visit and your first step toward relief, give Algonquin Chiropractic Center a call today.
Our team of highly trained team uses the latest healing technologies to restore you to pain-free health, quickly and easily. We thoroughly evaluate & treat all of the contributing root factors related to your issue. This includes your work and home stressors, overall body condition, nutrition, genetic & postural habits, and patterns of your muscles.