23 May What to Expect At Your First Visit to the Chiropractor
You chiropractic doctors at Hendrick Wellness Center are ready to help ease your pain.
Visiting the chiropractor can be a life-changing experience, and we mean that in a good way. Many people fail to take advantage of chiropractic services for any number of reasons, one being uninformed about all the benefits of chiropractic care. Others may fear that their pain is permanent and that chiropractic services won’t do them any good.
Regardless of where you stand, find comfort in knowing that the experienced McAllen chiropractic doctors at Hendrick Wellness Center have the training, skills, and ability to help you feel better, and there is absolutely no need to fear paying us a visit. Our friendly staff and dedicated chiropractors are ready to provide you with a healthcare experience that you haven’t had before.
Your first visit to our office will feel very much like visiting any other health care provider but with a few minor adjustments. We’ll assess, track, and develop a unique treatment plan to start you on the road to recovery.
Here’s what you can expect at your first visit to our McAllen chiropractic office:
[Please note that this describes the in-office consultation and exam.]
This portion of your initial chiropractic consultation will be very similar to a traditional visit to the doctor. You’ll complete the appropriate forms including a health questionnaire that will help assess your current condition, overall medical history, and previous and current medication or treatment plans. The questionnaire will include questions such as:
- Where is the pain located?
- When did the discomfort start?
- Were you recently injured?
Once you meet with the chiropractic doctor, they will look to get a complete understanding about your pain and the discomfort you are feeling, activities that you are participating in, and the activities that are causing you discomfort.
The Physical Exam
Your first visit to the chiropractor will also include a traditional physical exam that will include testing for blood pressure, respiration, reflexes, and pulse. Following this traditional exam, the chiropractor will then assess for:
- Range of motion in the affected area
- Muscle tone
- Neurological integrity
- Orthopedic issues
- Examination of spine and neck
- Examination of specific areas of discomfort
This portion may also include a number of diagnostic exams to help reveal any spine abnormalities. The test may include an x-ray to help the chiropractic doctor get a better understanding of your spinal integrity.
Developing a Treatment Plan
Following the examination process, your chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and takes into account:
- Your overall health
- Physical condition
- The extent of your injuries
- The condition of your spine as affected by age
- Most importantly – your goals
Your McAllen chiropractor at Hendrick Wellness Center will determine if your condition requires chiropractic treatment, and if so, will provide you a diagnosis of your condition as well as a treatment plan to meet your goals.
Your treatment plan will likely seek to:
- Improve key spine, neck, and joint dysfunctions
- Improve Strength, muscle balance, and coordination
- Improve posture and motor control
- Enhance functional independence
- Improve lifestyle issues related to the injury (ex. nutrition)
- Reduce pain
During this phase, you should make sure to ask plenty of questions and relay your concerns to the chiropractor. Understandably, you will want information regarding the number of times you will have to return, costs, and what your treatment plan will consist of.
At Hendrick Wellness Center, we strive to be transparent and to develop a relationship with our patients built on trust, understanding, and a true desire to serve their needs. Our staff is here for you and to answer any questions you may have.
Getting the Relief You Deserve
Depending on your particular case, your chiropractor may decide that you are ready for your first adjustment – which is a therapeutic manipulation to your spine or other joints. This initial adjustment can provide immediate relief and will take place on a comfortably padded table designed specifically for chiropractic care.