What to Expect on Your First Visit
Many new patients are not sure what to expect during their first appointment with a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). Chiropractors start by taking a patient’s history and then performing a physical examination to develop a working diagnosis. Imaging or lab tests (such as MRI, CT scan or X-ray) may be used or ordered to confirm a diagnosis.
The combination of the history, exam, and diagnostic studies will enable Dr. Ross to reach a diagnosis, which will help him determine whether chiropractic services are appropriate for your condition. If he determines you would be more appropriately managed or co-managed by another health care professional, Dr. Ross will make the proper referral.
Through a process of shared decision-making, you and Dr. Ross will determine if chiropractic services are right for you. As part of this process, he will explain your condition, recommend a treatment plan and review the risks and benefits of all procedures.
Based on the extent, timing or severity of the patient’s condition, chiropractic interventions may require several visits. Patients may also receive advice on home care, lifestyle modifications, exercise instruction and nutritional advice.