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While visiting a chiropractor is similar to visiting other healthcare providers, it does have some unique elements. You will likely find the office setting and intake procedures quite familiar, but many notice the distinctive appearance of the chiropractic treatment table. These tables allow specific positioning and movement during spinal adjustments and thus assist the chiropractic treatment.
A typical visit to a chiropractor includes an initial intake, physical exam, treatment, and follow-up plan.
What happens during a typical intake?
Initial chiropractic consultation is very similar to that of a standard medical intake. You will complete a health questionnaire and answer questions about your health history. Dr. Anthony Montoya will ask you to indicate where you are experiencing discomfort by marking the areas on a drawing of the human body.
What happens during the physical exam?
The chiropractor will start with a routine physical exam, then follow it with an exam that focuses on the spine, with particular attention given to the areas of complaint.
The chiropractor may examine your whole spine. For example, if you had a low back complaint, the chiropractor would also likely perform a neck exam because the adaptations resulting from injury or subluxation in one area can result in secondary irritations somewhere else in the spine.
The physical exam typically includes a variety of assessments, such as range of motion tests, palpation, reflex testing, muscle strength comparisons, and neurological and orthopedic tests focused on the main complaint.
What goes into a treatment plan?
Following the assessments, Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr. Montoya, will develop a treatment plan that takes into account:
- The extent of your injury or irritation
- Your general health
- The condition of your spine as affected by age and previous injury
- What your goals are – this is the most important item
Your goals of treatment should result from the discussion you have with Dr. Montoya. Many people seek simple relief of pain or discomfort, while others want to begin a regimen of ongoing care meant to improve their general health.
In initial consultations, your chiropractor will tell you the status of your condition and recommend an approach to care. Ask questions. As in any professional-patient relationship, trust and mutual understanding are vitally important.