When you go see a chiropractor in Crofton, MD for the first time it can feel like you are stepping into the unknown. For some, that isn’t an issue but if you are one of the many people who get nervous then we here at Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic want to help you know what to expect when you come into our office.
Seeing a chiropractor is just like seeing a regular doctor. There are steps you have to take when you come in for your first visit. Seeing as chiropractor doctors go to school for about as long as medical doctors, you can know that you are going to be in good hands. Read on to learn what to expect during your first visit.
Your First Visit
Your first visit is going to last about an hour as there are many things to go over. Here is what you can expect to happen:
Your first visit is going to last about an hour as there are many things to go over. The very first thing is going to be your medical history. When you start telling them about your medical history here is a list of what to talk about:
- Why you want help
- Any past injuries
- All your medical conditions
- Any medications you take
- Any use of drugs or alcohol
- What your lifestyle habits are
The most important thing to remember is that you need to be honest when telling your chiropractor these things. This way they can help treat you in a way that won’t harm your body. In some cases, there is a new patient form that you can fill out before you step foot in a doctor’s office.
Once your medical history is known it is time for a physical examination. Your chiropractor may feel your spine, move your joints, and watch how you walk. You can also expect a test of your muscle strength, reflexes, and range of motion. Sometimes the chiropractor will want X-rays or a blood pressure check before starting.
Once the exam is done it is time to start treatment in most cases. Here is what you can expect to happen:
- You will lie on a special treatment table for your adjustment
- The chiropractor will move the area being treated to its maximum range
- The chiropractor will give an extra thrust to make the adjustment
- You may hear a popping sound during this
- There should be no pain
If you experience pain you should let your chiropractor know. Once your adjustment is done your chiropractor will go over what you can do at home to ease any soreness that may happen, and any exercise you can do at home. From there you may be recommended to return in 2 or 3 weeks for a visit. The follow-ups are often shorter than your first visit and you can be done in 10 to 20 minus.
If you are suffering from pain and want a different solution then contacting a chiropractor in Crofton, Maryland may be in your best interest. Don’t hesitate to reach out today to see what we can do for you.
BY: Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab
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