What to expect (Spinal joint manipulation)


What to expect when you first visit Lotus Chiropractic Care


Patient Forms

We will request that you arrive 5 - 10 minutes early for your appointment to complete our patient forms, or download, print and complete them before arriving. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.


Consultation

Consultation with the chiropractic doctor 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 your expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals. The chiropractor will ask you questions about the complaint, as well as general health questions.


Examination

After your consultation and once you have signed the consent form, the chiropractic doctor will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will also be performed. After the assessment is complete the chiropractor will discuss the most likely cause of your pain.


X-Ray Studies

Depending on your specific condition, we may refer you X-rays. An X-ray is not always required and if you have recently had an X-ray/CT scan/MRI is it best to bring the films and report to your appointment.


Report of Findings

Once the information is collected and examinations are performed the chiropractor will give you a detailed explanation of all findings and answer any questions including:

  • How can you help me?
  • How often do I need to come in?
  • What will my treatment cost?

Treatment

In most cases a working diagnosis can be formed after examination and treatment can commence on the same day. However, if further investigation e.g. X-ray is required, a referral will be written and treatment will only begin on the second visit (after results are discussed). At the conclusion of your consultation and examination, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments and/or soft tissue therapy. You can express concerns about the different styles of treatment at anytime.


Wellness Program

Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate 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. The purpose of this is for you to achieve good posture, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.