First Chiropractor Visit - What to Expect.
What should you expect on on your first visit / chiropractic appointment with Dr Thompson?
Chiropractic is probably best known for its great success in treating back and neck pain. However, the scope of Chiropractic extends far beyond these complaints. Therefore we want to know about all the conditions or symptoms that you currently have. The slightest misalignment of your spine may put pressure on your nerves, which may contribute to the creation of a symptom or condition. Chiropractic is very effective in the treatment of headaches, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, numbness, chronic pain and the effects of stress to name just a few. Therefore on your first visit, you will be asked to fill out a health history to help us better understand the nature of your condition.
Prior to the consultation the doctor will review your case history. During the consultation the Doctor will ask you a number of questions regarding the history of your condition, other Doctors you may have seen and your current symptoms. It is important during the consultation that the Doctor gets a thorough understanding of your condition. It is also important to understand what health care goals the patient has regarding your care. Do you simply want symptom relief? Do you want reconstructive care to improve the spine as much as possible and stabilize it? Or do you want to improve your spine and health as much as possible? This is in order to PREVENT problems from happening in
the future. We will also ask if you want help with your diet, vitamin and exercise programs. Once we know what your needs are we will then proceed to the next step.
During the examination the Doctor will assess not only the causes of your complaints, but the condition of your spine and health in general. My intention is to treat your body as a whole, not just as a symptom. During this process we often discover under lying problems that have not yet shown up as symptoms. Some of the tests may be familiar to you such as checking your reflexes and ranges of motion. Other tests are specific to Chiropractic. None of the tests involve discomfort to the patient.
Based on your examination findings, X rays or other types diagnostic images may be necessary:
These images can help reveal pathologies, document the history of your spinal health, and guide your doctor in creating a care program based on your unique spinal condition. Today's high-tech equipment and ultra sensitive films help minimize your exposure.
Modern X-ray equipment automatically measures your body and determines all the necessary factors by computer. This keeps your exposure to an absolute minimum. Many Chiropractors do not use x-rays, however I prefer to see an x-ray on all of my patients (with the exception of pregnant women or very young children).
X-rays are such useful diagnostic tools in the treatment of patients. Since we use a very specific technique it is very important to have this information so that we give you the best results. We actually measure the misalignments of your spine down to a millimeter. Many times we will find a problem that the patient was not even aware of. "To see is to know, while not to see is to guess". We will not guess about your health.
We are proud to partner with Asheville Radiology for local X-Ray and Imaging Services.
Report of Findings
While we develop and do an analysis of your x-rays, the educational process will continue and may include a brief video that explains more about your care. Then we will go over your x-rays and exam findings in detail to explain the CAUSE of your problem. We will also review your health in general and the current condition of your entire spine. We will then discuss the steps necessary to correct your condition and reach your health care goals.
We will explain to you the proposed treatment schedule and explain the reasons behind our approach to treating your condition. We will also discuss your other health care goals and show you how we can help you achieve them.
Your Second Visit:
I adjust most of our new patients on their second visit. The chiropractic adjustment is the method with which we realign the vertebra of the spine, thereby relieving the pressure on the nervous system and begin restoring normal nerve function. With over 30 years of experience treating thousands of patients of all ages and conditions, I am confident that I will be able to provide you and your family with the best care that Chiropractic has to offer.
The adjustment is what counts and I have the experience to get you the results that you are looking for.
Save Money on your Healthcare
Besides keeping you at your best, continuing your care can save money. Just as brushing and flossing your teeth can prevent expensive dental work, regular chiropractic check-ups help avoid the expense of having to correct preventable problems.
Continue your chiropractic care so you can enjoy life to the fullest.Dr. Thompson will recommend a schedule of treatment and preventive care visits based on the individual needs of each patient. Most patients who enjoy a chiropractic lifestyle report they have more energy and feel better!
Continue to Learn
Proper spinal hygiene is new for most people. Ask questions. Get involved. Learn how to become an active partner in the recovery of your health. Make sure you fully understand the role of your spine and nervous system in the maintenance of good health - your most valuable possession.
Avoid Future Problems
Long periods of sitting, financial worries, toxic environments, and many everyday activities can stress your spine. Even the slightest trauma can cause interference to your nervous system and compromise optimum health. Maintenance care can help keep you healthy and avoid small problems from becoming big ones.