Welcome to LSM Chiropractic Clinics! We want to help you make your first visit as pleasant and painless as possible. In this section we will help you learn what to expect during your first visit. We also provide most of the forms you will need to complete so you can do these ahead of time. We hope that by going through these items at home, you will be more prepared and comfortable when you arrive for care.
The first thing your chiropractor will do is a thorough history on you. This will consist of detailed questions about your injury or condition, such as where it occurs, what makes your condition better or worse and how you would describe the pain. It will also be important to go over past medical history, such as if you’ve had this condition before or other health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes as they will affect how quickly one will heal from injury. Family and social history will also be discussed with the patient.
Your doctor will perform an examination on your area of injury. This will consist of a neurological exam checking reflexes, muscle strength and sensation changes to check the integrity of the nervous system at various levels in your spine. Range of motion will also be complete. Orthopedic tests are performed to determine if your injury is a result of issues from a disc, ligaments or muscles. When appropriate, your doctor may determine that x-rays are needed.
Your doctor may determine that it is appropriate to take x-rays of your injury. This is done to help rule out any fractures or more severe issues that can’t be determined through an exam or your history. Many conditions that chiropractors treat have similar presentation as other conditions and x-rays can help make the confirmation of one or the other so that the proper treatment is given.
After a history, exam and/or x-rays are done, your doctor will then use all of the information that they have obtained and explain what your condition is and how it is causing your symptoms. They will then explain what can be done in the office for care. When appropriate, they will give you exercises, stretches or modifications to your daily activities to help prevent your symptoms from returning.