What to Expect During Your First Chiropractic Visit

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Many people who have pain in the spine, joints, or the soft tissue surrounding those areas visit chiropractors for treatment. Chiropractors have licensed health care professionals who specialize in treating conditions that affect these parts of the body.

If you’re interested in visiting a chiropractor for treatment but have never had chiropractic care before, you may have some questions. Here is a look into what you should expect during your first chiropractic appointment:

1. A review of your pain and medical history

Your chiropractor will need to know information about your pain and your medical history. Much of this information is obtained by asking you to complete a form or questionnaire.

Chiropractic care is not the best treatment for everybody, so it’s important, to be honest when answering questions about your pain and history. Chiropractic care may do more harm than good if:

  • You have a spinal fracture.
  • You have a herniated disc.
  • You have severe arthritis or osteoporosis.
  • You are pregnant
  • You take blood thinners

2. A review of your symptoms

After reviewing your information, your chiropractor will perform a physical examination. This usually includes the standard tests like blood pressure and pulse, but will also include some more hands-on techniques.

3. The confirmation of images

Depending on the cause of your pain, your chiropractor may require diagnostic imaging before beginning treatment. These images provide a more detailed look at the source of your pain, so your chiropractor can determine what kind of treatment will be best.

Diagnostic imaging tests may include:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • X-ray
  • CT scan

4. Treatment can begin

Often, treatment begins on the same day after the diagnosis is complete. Chiropractors have different ways of treating pain and limited range of motion. The main form of treatment is chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic adjustments are manipulations and movements of the spine and joints for reducing pain and improving mobility. These often include forceful positioning and gentle applications of pressure.

In addition to adjustments, your chiropractic treatment may include:

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Physical exercise
  • Diet and nutrition guidance

Visit iRISE Spine and Joint for chiropractic care

Our chiropractors at iRISE Spine and Joint are ready to help you get the treatment you need if you’re in pain. Contact us today to speak with one of our dedicated patient care coordinators to learn more about chiropractic care or to schedule an appointment.