|First of all, no it won't hurt. The only "discomfort" people tell us is not knowing what to expect on their first visit. This page will give a typical scenario of what to expect, just in case you're feeling a little nervous about that "First Visit". Remember, everyone's situations and circumstances are unique, and therefore, any information on this page or website should not be taken as a diagnosis or treatment plan for your condition.
Usually, the patient will call a day or two ahead of time for an appointment. Same day appointments are often available too. Walk-ins are also welcome, but it is best to call in advance. For our first visit we have the patient plan on about an hour for the doctor to do a thorough examination, and have time to treat the patient if indicated.
We like our new patients to arrive 15 minutes earlier than scheduled just to fill out a brief new patient form. Then, the doctor will then take a history of your health problem and do a thorough examination. This examination usually involves basic tests like blood pressure, pulse, etc. Plus, we do range of motion tests, orthopedic tests, muscle testing, postural analysis, neurological examination, and any other tests deemed necessary. Sometimes x-rays are needed to further evaluate your condition, and may be taken. If the doctor has enough information, we will usually treat you on the same day.
Before any treatment begins, the doctor will explain the recommended treatment and treatment plan. The main treatment used by chiropractors is the "chiropractic adjustment". This is commonly a painless procedure where the chiropractor gently moves the joints that aren't moving correctly or that are not aligned correctly, into place. The doctor will explain all this in detail before we even begin the treatment (see our "what is chiropractic" section). The doctor may or may not use any combination of therapies like electrical stimulation, ice, or trigger point therapy to help with the chiropractic adjustment.
The doctor will then send you home with further instructions like icing protocols, exercises, and other things to do to help speed healing while away from the chiropractic office.
Remember this is just a general outline, but should help familiarize you with what to expect the first day here.
always, if you have any questions, please call our office