Your First Chiropractic Appointment
If you are thinking about seeking medical care from a PG County, MD chiropractor at Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic, it is important to familiarize yourself with what to expect at your first chiropractic visit. Why? Setting expectations will help to ensure that you don’t encounter any surprises and that you don’t leave your visit with any lingering questions or concerns left unvoiced. We want to make sure that your time spent at our practice is spent in ways that impact you positively. Understanding what to expect when you walk through our doors will help to achieve that critically important goal.
Assessing Your Situation
Just as you would expect a doctor to ask you questions about your condition in the event that you were sick, expect that our providers will ask you questions about your condition given that you are in need of chiropractic care. We will likely start by taking a patient history that focuses on any illnesses, injuries, or other circumstances that have contributed to your need for chiropractic treatment. For example, we will likely ask you about the severity of your pain, how often the pain occurs, what contributes to your pain, what alleviates your pain, and when your pain started.
Next, we will likely proceed to a physical exam that will allow us to assess your range of motion, any limitations that your condition has manifested, and the functionality of the areas of your body that are being affected by the condition you seek to treat.
Depending upon the kinds of tests and images taken by other providers prior to your first chiropractic visit, we may need to engage in some diagnostic testing or imaging in order to get a better sense of exactly what is going on with you and how we can help.
Setting Goals and Creating a Treatment Plan
The experienced team at Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic takes great pride in ensuring that all of our chiropractic treatment plans are personalized according to our individual patient’s needs. As a result of this philosophy, we will spend time with you constructing a treatment plan and a timeline for how that treatment plan will be executed. Laying this information out at the beginning of your chiropractic care process helps to set expectations and to facilitate reaching your goals. If and when any element of your treatment plan or any aspect of our proposed timeline needs to be adjusted, we will make necessary changes and will alert you to those changes if you have not been the one to request them specifically.
Starting Your Care
Depending upon how long it has taken us to work through the process of taking your patient history, assessing your needs, and creating an initial treatment plan, we may or may not have time to provide you with medical therapy at your first appointment. If not, we’ll dive right in when you return to Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic for your next session.
BY: Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab
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