Your Initial Chiropractic Consultation
Dr. Maxwell typically sets aside 45-60 minutes in his schedule to review a new patient’s health history, complaints, and to do an examination with x-rays. If you do not fill our the patient intake forms before your first visit, please plan on coming in 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment for paperwork.
What Should I Bring?
Please bring the following items for your first visit:
- Current insurance card
- State issued picture ID
- Patient intake forms (get them here)
- A current list of prescription or over-the-counter medications and supplements you are taking
- Any x-rays, MRI, or reports from another doctor that have been performed within the past year
Assessing Your Health
Prior to any chiropractic treatment, spinal X-Rays X-rays are taken on most patients. These x-rays are a common part of the examination process and give us important information including the position of the spinal bones, the quality of the spine and safety of adjusting it. With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs and it will aid in determining the initial frequency of your care.
Your need for spinal x-rays will be determined during the examination of your spine by Dr. Maxwell. There are reasons why we would not take x-rays on certain patients including pregnancy, recent usable spinal x-rays, and some other various situations.
Your First Examination
Dr. Maxwell will perform a physical assessment of your spine. He will exam your posture, check your range of motion for limitations, evaluate your spinal alignment, and perform a comprehensive orthopedic evaluation, which are exercises that bend the body in certain positions to check for pain response. This physical evaluation will help paint the picture of your overall spine health and allow us to develop a treatment plan.
Will I Be Treated On My First Visit?
In our office, most patients will receive treatment for the reduction of swelling in the area of complaint. A patient might not be adjusted during the first visit if an adjustment is contraindicated or if Dr. Maxwell feels the patient would be better served by a different form of treatment. Remember your health is our number one concern.