Getting treated by a chiropractor is exciting and unique, but each person’s experience depends on how familiar they are with the chiropractic treatment.
A chiropractor visit can feel similar to a visit to your primary care physicians, such as completing insurance paperwork or intake forms. Still, its differences are prominent and apparent even on your first visit. The basic flow for the first visit will begin with a thorough history of your symptoms and overall health.
After learning about you, your chiropractor will then move you through a physical exam to narrow down your condition and build the best possible treatment plan. This physical exam will include tests that assess your range of motion, nerve function, muscle strength, and they may even suggest further assessments like imaging or blood work.
At this point, your chiropractor will have an idea of what is going on and how to treat you. Depending on the condition, you may receive chiropractic treatment during your first visit. Treatment can vary between providers, but most will have you lay on their treatment table so they can move your joints through their range of motion. If your provider feels like more movement is possible, they may introduce a thrust through that joint called an adjustment. You may hear a pop or click, but your chiropractor will make sure that you are doing well and can explain what is happening. Some providers will perform massage-type treatment in addition to their adjustments or tools to help relax your muscles.
Before leaving the room, your chiropractor will discuss your treatment moving forward: frequency of future visits and specific exercises to help your condition. They may even recommend supplements to help with healing. Your chiropractor is well-versed in the human body and will be able to answer most questions about your condition and treatment. If you have any questions, now would be an excellent opportunity to ask them.
When checking out, it may be in your best interest to schedule future appointments with your provider. The reception staff will be able to discuss payment and billing information with you, as well as ask for any additional materials that they may need to see you as a patient.
Your chiropractor may have provided you with homework such as exercises or stretches, so be sure to do them as prescribed. If there is an increase in pain or a worsening of your condition, it is important to let your chiropractor know.