Preparing for Your First Chiropractic Appointment
Injuries and pain are just a part of life. We do our best to stay healthy and overcome any discomfort that may crop up as we endure this journey we call life. But sometimes, our own efforts aren’t enough and we need to seek professional help. Chiropractors are the miracle workers in the medical world.
The goal of every chiropractor is to relieve their patient’s pain and help them get back to enjoying life as comfortably as possible. This might happen quickly with a couple of visits, or if you’re recovering from an accident, you could find yourself going back to the chiropractor numerous times to readjust
If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, you might not know what to expect from a first visit. The purpose of this article is to take you through a typical first meeting so you know how to prepare for it and can hopefully remain relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
Be Prepared to Ask Questions
Believe it or not, not all chiropractors are created equal. While they all go by the title ‘chiropractor’, there are different types, philosophies, and techniques each one employs. This is why it’s import_ant to ask a lot of questions before and during the initial consulting phase. These differences can frustrate some patients who are just looking for relief, but finding the right clinic might take a bit of research.
Essentially, there are two different types of chiropractors, each with a different set of rules for how they treat pain. The goal for you will be to choose the right clinic for you based upon your personal medical needs.
The first is a traditional chiropractor. The philosophy built around traditional chiropractic medicine revolves around correcting the spine. The idea is, you have a misaligned spine, which shoots off nerve impulses, causing the majority of your pain. All you need to correct the issue is a realignment of vertebrae.
The second type focuses specifically on the symptoms. Whether you have back pain, joints out of whack, headaches, or inflammation, this type of chiropractor works by manipulating the spine and other joints to help relieve and decompress local pressure.
Your Initial Consult
Whether your primary care doctor is sending you to see a specialist or you decided to go on your own, most chiropractic clinics will have either an over-the-phone or in-person consultation with you to get a good assessment of the damage. It’s import_ant to be completely honest with the chiropractor when it comes to pain levels and your medical history. Without an accurate history, more damage can be done or the healing can take longer.
You’ll have to be prepared to describe the type of pain you’re currently feeling. Is it a throbbing pain? Stabbing? Burning? Where is the pain located? Was it a random pain or did you injure yourself? Is there anything that makes it worse or better, like ice or a heating pad? These types of questions will help the chiropractor determine exactly what is causing the pain and the best course of action to take to treat it.
After a series of questions are asked, the actual testing may begin. If you don’t have a series of recent x-rays, the chiropractor may send you to get a few done to get a better look at what he is dealing with. Once he has all the information required, he will still do a battery of neurological and orthopedic examinations
Preparing for your first chiropractic appointment is ensuring you have all your ducks in a row and giving the chiropractor all the information he needs to successful treat and heal your pain. Once it’s been determined exactly what the issue is, he will hopefully be able to diagnose you and lay out a proper treatment plan going forward.