Our Goal is to Make Your First Visit with Us as Easy and Effective as Possible
Upon entering our office, our chiropractic assistant will welcome you as a member of our office community. We will request that you complete our patient forms if you haven't already. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Rafael to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for the doctor to learn more about you, your condition and expectations to determine which type of chiropractic care is best for you.
Setting Your Expectations
An overview of what to expect during your first visit with us.
After your consultation, the doctor will perform a complete chiropractic examination. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take X-rays as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments, or what we refer to as subluxations.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, the doctor will create a detailed report of all findings. Although this report may sometimes be given on the first day, it is more commonly scheduled for the second visit. During this report, the doctor will sit down with you and answer any questions including:
- Can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals and reviewing your X-rays, the doctor will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers, and will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
Although the doctors will commonly wait until the second visit to engage in full treatment (after they thoroughly review the X-rays), you may receive some pain-relief treatment after the initial exam. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy and/or soft tissue work. Treatment is interactive so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Prior to leaving, the doctor may suggest incorporating some home care outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized plan.