Your First Visit
Upon entering our office our Front Desk Staff will greet you and welcome you as a member of our community. We will request you complete patient intake forms - a general history of your current condition and a review of systems as well as details about your general health habits and a form to rate your discomfort and measure the impact of your pain on your daily habits. The paperwork provides us with general information about you and your condition and allows us to create a care plan that is based on your particular needs and wants.
Next you will have a consultation with either Dr. Jim McDaniel or Dr. Mary Kraus to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential treatment options. The consultation allows the doctor to learn more about you, your condition, your expectations and goals for care.
** Some people chose to come in for a brief consultation just to meet and talk to one of our doctors before scheduling their first Chiropractic visit. We do provide this consultation as a complementary service, but please be aware that we will not provide any treatment or examination procedures during this visit. Please be sure to let our staff know if you are interested in a complementary consultation before scheduling your first visit.
After your consultation, the doctor will perform a complete physical examination which may include: testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend as well as other standard neurologic (when appropriate), orthopedic, postural, and physical examinations. Nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Your specific condition may require us to order x-rays to to get a full evaluation. X-rays help us rule out more serious conditions or assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you. All of our X-rays are taken at Porter hospital.
Report of Findings
Once all the information and examinations have been performed, our doctors will give you a report of findings to answer the three most common questions:
- Can you help me?
- What do you recommend that I do to get better?
- How much is it going to cost?
After discussing with you your history and your goals, examining your spine and reviewing any x-rays or tests, your doctor will discuss recommendations with you. If you have a condition that requires care with other providers, the doctor will tell you. If he or she believes we can help you, we will recommend treatment and a wellness program.
If your condition and specific circumstances allow, you may receive your first treatment at the conclusion of the initial appointment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy modalities, and/or soft tissue therapies.
Home Care Program
Prior to leaving, patients will be instructed on a home care program to be conducted outside of the office. If you are in pain when you first come intor our office home care may include ice or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches. We use an online service to provide you with videos of corrective exercises so that you may review these in the comfort of your own home. As part of our comprehensive approach, we will make dietary recommendations to decrease inflammation and help you to recover more quickly.