The Initial Visit
Your initial appointment to the Macomb County Chiropractic doctor will be an orientation. Your 1st job as a patient will be to complete a number of patient charts. These include your health history, insurance records, and a questionnaire to determine your reasons for asking for chiropractic care. The information you offer may shed immediate awareness on any problem you might have; be sincere in your answers. Your info will be logged while you consult with your chiropractic practitioner to discuss the condition and options for therapy. This consultation will allow your chiropractic physician to narrow down issues that you may not be aware of.
At the end of the interview, the chiropractor will perform a complete chiropractic exam. The exam not only evaluates your reflexes and flexibility, but also covers a number of physical and neurological tests as well. Your chiropractor doctor will explain 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 chiro doctor 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 practitioner will notify you of a recommended treatment regimen, 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 doctor because they have a back or spinal issue that needs immediate treatment. Your chiropractic doctor will focus 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 begin the second step of treatment. The focus during this stage is to fix the underlying issue. This is done by realigning the skeletal system and enhancing the muscle groups. Office visits will be less frequent as care continues. Your chiro doctor may ask you to continue treatment on your own time, in the form of exercise programs, or changes in diet or habit.
At this point, you may be tempted to stop seeing your chiropractic practitioner. Remember that most chiropractic problems are the result of years of underlying symptoms and can not be cleared up in a number of weeks. Abandoning treatment may not ensure that the problem will return, but it almost guarantees that your individual condition will not improve.
Stage 3: Wellness Care
When your ailment is corrected, you will enter regular wellness care. Your visits at this point will depend on your continued physical health, but may be reduced 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 maintains the rehabilitative measures of your previous treatment, but a chiropractic practitioner can fend off future possible issues if caught early. Routine scheduled wellness visits will help keep you pain-free and in good health.