In a lot of ways, chiropractor visits are similar to visits to any other doctor. For example, the first time you see a chiropractor the purpose is to get to know you, understand what brings you in, what you want to accomplish, and determine a treatment plan to accomplish your goals. That's pretty much the same as the first visit to any other type of doctor.
At Deutsch Chiropactic, the visit begins with a discussion about the problem – “tell me what brings you in today” – and then expands into other areas to help us understand your problem. We'll get into as much depth, take as much time, ask as many questions, and listen, listen, listen as hard as we can to completely understand your problem.
After the history we’ll perform a thorough examination.
Then we’ll visit. We'll share with you the diagnosis – essentially what we see as the “cause” of your problem – and we’ll talk about treatment options. In general, treatment is based on:
- The severity of your problem
- Your overall general health and fitness
- Your goals.
Your goals are a big part of the treatment plan. Some people seek simple relief while other people want to rehabilitate the area or want care to improve their overall health and vitality. It's all up to you.
- Read more about what to expect on your first chiropractor visit
What is a typical chiropractor visit like?
A typical chiropractor visit begins by gathering information how you've been feeling since last visit. We follow with an assessment of progress and then begin treatment.
Treatment depends on you condition. For example, treatment for a rotator cuff problem varies a lot from a plantar fascitis problem. Suffice it to say, all treatment in our office is based on best medical and scientific evidence to provide best results.
If you are being seen for low back pain, a common back pain treatment may include an adjustment – either a decompressive procedure to separate vertebra and reduce pressure on nerves, or manipulative procedure that uses controlled force, direction, and amplitude to restore normal joint function.
Manipulation can also be provided to other joints in the body such as the ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, or shoulder in order to restore structural alignment and function.
How Long until I’m Done?
Treatment duration depends on a number of factors including the amount of pain or inflammation, the length of time the condition has been present, your overall health, and your treatment goals.
As an example, a treatment plan for back pain may initially consist of treatments separated by a day or two to incrementally reduce pain and improve normal function. This might continue for several weeks. As pain reduces, so does frequency.
Again, depending on the condition, treatment plans almost always include some form of soft tissue work like Active Release or Graston, a non-manual therapy like application of ultrasound or electrical stimulation, rehabilitative exercise, and counseling about daily activities, diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors.
Overall, about 80% of people are better within 2-4 weeks.