Kennewick Chiropractic Care : Your First Visit
You may have heard that Kennewick chiropractic care has many benefits. It is a natural form of healthcare that can lead to long-term relief of pain, discomfort, and improved mobility. Most patients see a chiropractor when in pain, but you do not have to wait. If you want to lead a natural and healthy life, seek natural medical care through a chiropractor.
Regardless of your reason for seeking chiropractic care, you may wonder about your first appointment. What can you expect?
Paperwork. Just like any doctor’s office, Dr. Vaughn has you fill out paperwork before the appointment. In addition to insurance information, we ask general health questions. We also ask for more information if you are seeking chiropractic care after a car accident. The paperwork should only take about 10-15 minutes to fill out. If you’d like to fill out the paperwork before your appointment, feel free to stop by our office and pick them up before your appointment. Then, you’ll be able to fill them out at home and bring them with you.
Education. Chiropractic care is unlike traditional medical care. Yes, there are many similarities, but there are also many differences. Chiropractors do not administer medication. They also do not perform surgery. What they do use is diagnosable medical tools, such as sonograms, x-rays, and MRIs. After these tools are used to get a proper diagnosis, manual therapy kicks in. Chiropractors use their hands, precise force, and their training to treat spinal and joint problems.
As for why education is important, many are unfamiliar with chiropractic care. Most Americans have it drilled into their heads that rest, relaxation, and pain medications are the best way to seek relief. After all, we have heard this for years. Your chiropractor will educate you on the history of chiropractic care, its benefits, the differences between other forms of medical care, and why you made the right choice to come in for an appointment.
Examination. You will undergo a number of tests when at a first chiropractic appointment. You will get a quick physical exam. Your doctor may take your height and weight, test your blood pressure, or take your temperature. If he or she suspects a serious injury, a sonogram, MRI, or x-ray may be used. If not, your chiropractor will rely on their hands to get a good feel of the area causing you pain.
Consultation. This step varies depending on appointment length, chiropractor preferences, and diagnosis. If your doctor wants to wait and review your tests or take time to think about a course of treatment, you will need to return for a second appointment. This should conclude your first one. Some chiropractors can and will diagnose right away. They will then consult their findings and preferred method of treatment right away. In fact, treatment may begin. This may involve a simple therapeutic massage or a spinal or joint adjustment.
Picture taking. Although optional, many chiropractors like to take pictures of their new patients. Some want to highlight improvements. Your chiropractor may use before and after pictures to show to new patients or at medical conferences, but most will ask for permission first. They may also want you to see the difference at the end of treatment
So, there you have it. You can expect some of these things at your first appointment. All medical professionals are different, so your first appointment may vary slightly. If you have any questions or are ready to make your first appointment, don’t hesitate, call today!
Especially if you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important to see a Kennewick Chiropractor today. It’s even more important to see a chiropractor that has experience treating patients after a car accident.