The Initial Visit
Your initial appointment to the Macomb County Chiropractic doctor will be an orientation. Your initial job as a patient will be to accomplish a number of patient documents. These consist of your health history, insurance records, and a survey to evaluate your reasons for seeking chiropractic care. The information you provide may shed immediate light on any problem you may have; be truthful in your replies. Your information and facts will be logged while you meet with your chiropractic practitioner to discuss the condition and options for treatment. This consultation will allow your chiropractic specialist to narrow down issues that you may not be aware of.
At the end of the interview, the chiro doctor will administer a complete chiropractic exam. The exam not only assesses your reflexes and flexibility, but also covers a number of physical and neurological tests as well. Your chiropractor will describe each procedure and its purpose as it is conducted. If your condition is of a potentially serious nature, x-rays may be required. X-rays permit your chiropractic practitioner to see misalignments clearly and recommend proper treatment for recovery.
Depending on your chiropractic office and your condition, this may be the end of your first visit. Your chiropractic physician will notify you of a recommended treatment program, including scheduling and pricing.
Stage 1: Relief Care
Whether on your next visit, or continuing with your initial one, the next stage of care focuses on relief of immediate ailments. Most patients seek a chiropractic physician because they have a back or spinal issue that needs immediate treatment. Your chiropractic practitioner will concentrate on stabilizing the issue as quickly as possible, though the number of visits and speed of the results may vary depending on your ailment. Usually, relief care visits will continue for up to a month as needed. This stage is where most patients see results quickly. It is not, however, the end of treatment.
Stage 2: Corrective Care
When your ailment is under control, you start the second stage of treatment. The focus during this stage is to correct the underlying issue. This is done by realigning the skeletal system and strengthening the muscle groups. Office visits will be less frequent as care continues. Your chiropractic physician may ask you to continue treatment on your own time, in the form of workout regimens, or changes in diet or habit.
At this point, you may be tempted to stop seeing your chiropractic specialist. Remember that most chiropractic issues are the effects of years of underlying symptoms and can not be improved in a number of weeks. Discontinuing treatment may not ensure that the problem will return, but it almost guarantees that your individual problem will not improve.
Stage 3: Wellness Care
When your ailment is corrected, you will enter regular wellness care. Your visits at this point will rely on your continued physical health, but could be lowered to as few as one visit a month – or just one a year. Wellness care should be taken as seriously as any other stage of chiropractic care. It not only preserves the rehabilitative measures of your previous treatment, but a chiropractic physician can fend off future potential issues if caught early. Regular scheduled wellness visits will help keep you pain-free and healthy.