First Time Visitors to ClearWater Chiropractic
Your First Chiropractic Visit
Dr. Flood will spend about an hour with you for the sole reason to determine the precise cause of the problem that you are having. Before the consultation, patients are asked to fill out a detailed patient history (insert PDF) to help Dr. Flood analyze your specific problem or concern. Dr. Flood will then sit down with the patient asking more detailed questions and also giving the patient a chance to ask questions as well. If the patient is new to chiropractic care, Dr. Flood will show step by step how an adjustment takes place making sure the patient is comfortable with his techniques and equipment. Next, Dr, Flood will give you a thorough exam which will include orthopedic and neurological testing. Along with on-site X-ray, specialized functional testing may be utilized such as gait analysis and joint and muscle testing. All of these tests help Dr. Flood with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
During your first visit, treatments may include muscle therapy as well as spinal manipulation depending on the patient’s diagnosis. Dr. Flood will also advise on the usage of ice, at home exercises and any other self-treatment that may be beneficial.
After your initial visit, Dr. Flood will discuss with you a treatment plan. He will want to know how your body responded to the initial adjustment. This is a good time for additional questions that one might have after the initial visit. This discussion will also include things such as short and long term goals as well as length of treatment and costs.
Three Chiropractic Phases/Types of Care
1. Initial Intensive – Most all patients, especially when coming to Dr. Flood with a specific problem, begin in this initial stage so that healing begins more quickly. Chiropractic visits do tend to be fairly frequent, perhaps 2-3 times per week. These repeated visits occur until there is a reduction in symptoms. Please keep in mind, that healing time does vary depending on the extent of the injury, age, as well as many other factors. Older individuals to tend to take longer to respond to chiropractic care where as younger individuals respond more rapidly.
2. Rehabilitative – Once the most obvious symptoms are gone, the next step is long-term correction or rehabilitation of your current condition. Your visits will be reduced but still frequent.
3. Wellness – After you have recovered from the condition in question, you may decide to schedule regular checkups with us to help you maintain the improvements that have been made. Like any regular checkup or visit to any doctor, wellness care can help maintain your improved condition as well as catch a particular problem before it becomes a bigger concern. Depending on each individual, typically an adjustment every 4 -6 weeks should be sufficient.