What to Expect During Your First Chiropractic Appointment
- Medical history. During your first chiropractic appointment, It is important that your chiropractor take a thorough medical history before proceeding with treatment. Your medical history will provide valuable clues as to any underlying causes for your condition, as well as guidance on which treatments might work best for you, as well as which treatments to stay away from. Chiropractic focuses on treating the problem itself, as opposed to the symptoms. Therefore, your chiropractor will be very interested in identifying the root of your problem, which may be revealed through the medical history.
- Health examination. In addition to your medical history, your chiropractor will need to perform a comprehensive health examination, regardless of the condition you seek treatment for. Why? Because chiropractic philosophy holds that the entire body is a delicately balanced system in which all the parts work together to heal the whole. Therefore, it is important that during your first chiropractic appointment, your chiropractor understands what shape the rest of your body is in before creating a treatment plan for a localized area of your body.
- X-rays. Chiropractors commonly give their patients X-rays if the referring specialist indicates that you have back problems, or if your health examination or medical history reveals anything that may make chiropractic care a risk to your condition. If you have recent X-rays, be sure to bring them to your first chiropractic appointment so as to avoid any unnecessary X-rays.
- Blood/lab work. You won’t necessarily have to submit to lab work during your first appointment, but be prepared that your chiropractor may request that you submit to extra testing if there is anything in your medical history or health examination that requires further clarification.
Yes, this may sound like a lot for a single appointment, but remember that it is all in your best favor. Your chiropractor’s top priority is getting you better, and as quickly and painlessly as possible. Therefore, a lot of thought and care must go into the development of your customized treatment plan.
Start by completing the necessary forms that will give us the information we need to put your customized program plan together. Just click the links below to download the forms and be sure to bring them with you for your first chiropractic appointment.