What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Appointment

If you are considering getting a spinal adjustment for the first time, your first visit to the chiropractor will be very much like visiting any other healthcare provider. A typical visit will include the initial patient intake, physical exam, treatment, and follow-up plan. These procedures help your chiropractor assess, track, and modify your treatment plan as needed. Here’s what you can expect at your first chiropractic appointment.

Patient Intake

You will fill out a questionnaire at the beginning of your appointment. The questionnaire will help assess your current health condition, medical history, and any isolated or chronic injuries. Your chiropractor will ask about your profession and any physical activities that exacerbate pain and discomfort. The patient intake is a great time to communicate your pain history and health goals.

The Physical Exam

During the physical exam, the chiropractor will assess your range of motion, reflexes, and muscle strength. The chiropractor will pay especially close attention to the neck and spine areas, which is the core area of chiropractic care. From there, the chiropractor will examine any specific areas of discomfort in the body.

An X-ray of your spine may also be taken. The X-ray helps your chiropractor understand the structure and integrity of your bone anatomy. The X-ray also helps the chiropractor see the extent of wear-and-tear and any anomalies in your spine.

Your First Adjustment: Getting Immediate Relief

After the first consultation and exam, your chiropractor will determine if you can benefit from receiving a back adjustment. More often than not, your chiropractor will be able to adjust your spine and provide immediate pain relief. Your first adjustment will take place on a comfortable padded table made specifically for chiropractic care. Adjustments may be performed while you are face down, on your side, sitting upright, or lying on your back.

Creating a Treatment Plan

It is not uncommon for your chiropractor to recommend multiple sessions. If you have chronic pain, a high level of discomfort, or bear multiple issues at once, you will likely need ongoing care. This can mean regular weekly sessions, reduced to monthly, with the ultimate goal of ongoing care only as needed. Your chiropractor will take into consideration your overall health, physical condition, and goals to create a treatment plan.

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