People are often nervous about visiting a new place and are even less thrilled when that place is a doctor’s office. Most people are terrified when it’s a chiropractor! We intend for this blog series to give prospective patients all the information that they desire, and maybe even some that they have never thought of or don’t even know they want yet. We want you to know that you will be well taken care of and that every precaution will be taken prior to any treatment being rendered.
The first entry describes a typical new patient visit to our office so that those who do their homework will know exactly what to expect when they walk through the front door on the day of their appointment.
1. You will be greeted at the front desk by either Dr. Cox or Dr. Hoffman
(it’s the one to your right as you enter the front doors)
2. One of the doctors will give you a brief tour of the office that includes the treatment rooms and brief
descriptions of the various equipment, as well as where the restrooms are and where our patients can help themselves to water, coffee or tea as they wait.
3. You will then enter the office of the doctor who will be performing your exam
4. The doctor will go over your intake paperwork (which you have hopefully filled out ahead of time on
the website) and then perform a thorough exam that includes:
b. Posture Evaluation
c. Muscles, Nerves and Reflexes
d. Orthopedic tests for each area of complaint
e. Palpation (feeling) of the muscles
f. Palpation (feeling) of the spine and affected joints
5. The doctor will use the exam to determine if any further testing, such as imaging, is required before
treatment is rendered
6. If no further testing is needed, then treatment can be rendered on the same date assuming time
7. Either way, you will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to discuss the exam findings, receive
the doctor’s recommendation for care and some brief education on the spine and nerves
We will give you our opinion of what needs to be done, how often, etc. Once that point is reached, the ball is in your court.
There is nothing to be afraid of, as we will be here to walk you through the entire process and be with you every step of the way.
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