First Visit to a Chiropractor
Planning for Your First Appointment
At Action Spine & Joint, our doctors have had the chance to work with thousands of patients over the years. Those patients visiting for the first time often have many questions and don’t know what to expect from a first chiropractic visit. Since they may have only worked with traditional medical doctors in the past, you may have some initial apprehension. Our office staff has included some detailed information on what a typical initial visit will entail.
What to do before you come to the clinic
To expedite your visit, it is important to gather any medical data you might have, especially previous MRIs or X-rays. Some patients find it helpful to write out their symptoms, previous treatments and important factors like work history or a list of activities you do for fun – like gardening. Plan to spend 1-1.5 hours at your first visit.
Does a Chiropractor crack your back?
During a chiropractic adjustment, your back or neck may make cracking sounds. The reason for this is likely linked to air or gas in the lubricating joint fluid that encompasses the joints. When your spine is adjusted by a chiropractor, a vacuum often is created and when the air/gas is released, you will hear a cracking sound. If this does not occur, the adjustment may have worked just fine.
At first, a visit to a chiropractor resembles a visit to any other health professional. You are greeted by a friendly, competent staff member and asked to fill out a number of forms. Here is where you share your reports, such as MRIs. Arriving 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete these forms is helpful for keeping you on schedule.
Once you are in the doctor’s office you will be given a thorough examination, including discussing your prior medical history. Your doctor will order diagnostic tests and X-rays, if needed. Once all of the information is gathered, your chiropractor will tell you what can be done to alleviate your symptoms.
You will receive all the information you need to make a decision as to whether chiropractic treatment is for you. Your treatment plan may include chiropractic adjustments. Basically, the chiropractor will place you in a specific position, and move your bones back into alignment. Other activities, including massage, exercise, and instructions on posture and movement will help you on the path of healing.