Preparing For A First Time At The Chiropractor

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Do you suffer from pain that you cannot find a solution for, or at least a solution that does not involve narcotics? Or are you simply tired of hearing your loved ones and colleagues talk about how much they love the chiropractor and wondering what all the fuss is about? Going to the chiropractor for the first time can be scary - especially when you hear the bones cracking as they adjust your body. However, knowing what to expect in advance can help you not only relax, but also ensure that you have an enjoyable experience that makes you want to come back. 

What Can I Expect?

Your first visit at the chiropractor will most likely be the longest. During this visit you will go over your symptoms and history with the chiropractor. Based on your conversation, the chiropractor will likely order x-rays of the area you are having problems with. This will give them the best picture of your problem and allow them to make a proper diagnosis. The chiropractor will go over the x-rays with you and will also go over their recommended treatment plan. At this point they will most likely do an adjustment and work on scheduling your next visit.

What Do I Need?

There is not really a lot of information or details that you will need to bring with you to the first chiropractor visit. Of course, you will need to go over your medical history and symptoms, and you may be asked about any medications you are taking. If you have had recent x-rays or an MRI, you can bring those results. Also make sure to bring your insurance information and any co-payment that will be required. 

What Should I Ask?

A good chiropractor will allow patients plenty of time to discuss their concerns and the outcome they are looking to obtain by seeking treatment. Things to go ask the chiropractor include:

  • Do you recommend any other treatment in addition to adjustments?
  • Do you offer massage therapy or acupuncture in addition to chiropractic care?
  • What are your preferred techniques?
  • Do you use chiropractic instruments for adjustments, or do you prefer to do them by hand?
  • Are all of these treatment recommendations covered by insurance?
  • Do you specialize in any specific treatments?
  • Do I need to do anything at home to help maintain my adjustments?
  • How long have you been in practice?

While you may not be comfortable at first, the whole reason for going to the chiropractor, such as Buffalo Grove Chiropractic Center, is to get your body back to normal. You will likely see some improvement after the first visit, and a definite change as your treatment plan progresses. Once the first visit is over you will find yourself well on your way to a pain free life, without medication.