What to Expect During Your First Visit to a Chiropractor
People who are about to experience their first chiropractic treatment often have questions about chiropractic
procedures. Some individuals might be afraid, while others are nervous because they simply don't know what to
expect. Keep reading, and you'll be better prepared for what will probably happen during your first visit to a
Your Medical History
As is true for initial visits with any other type of medical practitioner, your first visit to a chiropractor
will begin with a consultation. You'll be given a form to complete so your chiropractor is made aware of any
background information related to symptoms or conditions you're currently experiencing. This information will help
your chiropractor determine whether you have experienced other conditions in the past, as well as enable him or her
to better determine the cause of your current complaints.
The questions on the medical history form are likely to include the following:
The main idea behind these questions is to give your chiropractor the information he or she needs to evaluate
your condition. The observations recorded on your medical history form will also be compared to your previous
A Thorough Physical Examination
Every chiropractor should conduct a thorough physical examination before performing any treatment on a new
patient. Initial testing is typically fairly general and includes things like your pulse, breathing rate, an
evaluation of your reflexes and any required orthopedic neurological tests. These tests are intended to provide
information that is essential for a proper diagnosis of your condition.
Your muscle tone and strength, range of motion in the specific region of your body that is affected, and any
neurological imbalances are all evaluated during this stage of your first visit to a chiropractor. You might also
be asked to execute several specific movements to determine precisely how well your body performs them.
Diagnostic Testing and the Development of a Diagnosis
Once your medical history has been gathered and your physical chiropractic examination has been completed,
diagnostic testing will be conducted. This is the stage of your visit where all the gathered information will be
evaluated in hopes of developing an accurate diagnosis of your condition. Diagnostic testing might include X-rays,
an MRI scan or other procedures.
After your chiropractor has combined all these elements, he or she will have the information needed to accurate
evaluate and diagnose your condition. The next step is to determine whether you'll proceed with chiropractic care
or if alternative treatments are suggested for your condition.
The Length of Your First Visit
Typically, your first visit to a chiropractor will not last longer than an hour. That should be enough time for
him or her to perform the above steps, then evaluate the information received and properly diagnose your condition.
You don't want your chiropractor to hurry this process; after all, your health is on the line, and too much haste
could cause some crucial information to be overlooked.
Developing Your Treatment Plan
Some chiropractors might begin actually treating a patient during the initial visit, but whether this is
possible often depends on the severity of the patient's condition. Other patients will be required to schedule a
follow-up appointment to begin their treatment sessions.
Based on the information gathered, your chiropractor will prescribe a set of goals to be attained by your
chiropractic treatment plan. The duration of your treatment period will depend on the severity of your condition
and the treatment method your practitioner selects as the most suitable for your condition. Patients who suffer
from pain caused by joint or muscle issues typically have a shorter treatment period than patients who require a
complete restoration of their system in order to regain bodily functions and improve their daily lives. These types
of treatment plans are generally longer in duration.