First-Visit: What To Expect When Visiting A Chiropractor

What should you expect when visiting a chiropractor for the first time?

  1. Symptoms And Medical History
  2. Chiropractic Exams
  3. Diagnosis And Treatment Plan
  4. Treatment And Follow Up Visits
Are you looking into booking an appointment at a chiropractic clinic in Manila? Are you going to the chiropractor for the first time? You might be wondering about what to expect. How long will it take? What will the doctor do to me? Should I expect pain? These and many other questions might be running through your head. This is why it is extremely helpful to know what to expect when visiting a chiropractor. We’ve rounded up a quick guide for you! Keep reading to learn more.

Symptoms And Medical History

During your first visit, your chiropractor will ask you about your current symptoms and past medical history. Be completely honest with the information you give because it can give them clues about your health and issues you may have. This way, they have a better idea of what treatment plan will best suit your condition and how to prevent additional problems in the future. Because of this, you can expect the following questions:
  • Is the pain dull, throbbing, or sharp?
  • How did the pain start?
  • Does it get worse during specific activities?
  • Did you have past injuries?
  • Do you take medications?
  • What diseases run in your family?

Chiropractic Exams

After taking note of your symptoms and past medical history, your chiropractor will check the condition of your spine, joints, muscles, posture, and more. They will test your reflexes, muscle strength, range of motion, and the way you walk. To get more information about the underlying causes of your pain, your chiropractor might require an x-ray to see your bones. An MRI scan would also show any problems with your spinal discs, nerves, muscles, and tissues.

Diagnosis And Treatment Plan

Spine xray and chiropractor Now that your chiropractor has all the necessary information from your medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests, they can make a diagnosis for your condition. After that, your chiropractor will make the best treatment plan with all your circumstances considered. They will take into account your overall health, the severity of the injury, and what you want to achieve with chiropractic treatment. If you have any question regarding your condition and the treatment plan, now is the time to ask it to your chiropractor. After that, you can either go home and consider your options or begin with the treatment on your initial visit.

Treatment and Follow-Up Visits

Treatment And Follow Up Visits While the methods for treatment will differ from patient to patient, some of the common therapies include the following:
  • Spinal manipulation and mobilization
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Massage, heat, or cold therapy
  • Ultrasound
Before you leave the clinic, your chiropractor might also educate you on how to improve your posture and nutrition at home. After that, they will schedule your follow-up visits and continue the treatment plan, so your health goals can be met.

Key Takeaway

On your first visit, a chiropractor will sit with you to talk about your symptoms and medical history. After that, he will perform a physical examination and require some tests so he can give you an accurate diagnosis. Based on all the information he has, he can recommend the best course of treatment to reach your health goals. Now that you know what to expect when visiting a chiropractor for the first time, you can book an appointment with Chiropractor Philippines! You can inquire here and set a schedule in our branches in Alabang and Parañaque.

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

To read more about Dr. Ben, click here.

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