First, you will be greeted like a welcome guest by our team. We will ask you to complete our New Patient Forms located in our New Patient Center. The paperwork provides us with general information about you and your condition.
Second, you will have a 30 minute consultation with Dr. Katherine Ellison. She will review your health history, discuss any health issues, identify your top 1-3 goals, and review potential treatment options. Your first visit is designed for Dr. Ellison to learn more about you, your condition and your expectations to determine whether chiropractic care can help you meet your goals.
Third, following your consultation, Dr. Ellison will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend as well as other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical examinations. Nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Fourth, your specific condition may require Dr. Ellison to take x-rays for more evaluation. X-rays will help Dr. Ellison rule out more serious conditions and help her develop the most effective treatment plan. Most people are amazed when they see their x-rays. Many can easily identify any glaring misalignments or degeneration on their own.
Report of Findings
Fifth, after thoroughly reviewing all of your information and completing all examinations, Dr. Ellison will review Your Report of Findings. It will answer the three most common questions new patients ask:
1. Can you help me?
2. If "Yes", what treatment do I need and for how long?
3. How much will my treatment cost?
Dr. Ellison will then outline a personalized Program of Care to help you in the short and long term. If you have a condition that requires care with other providers, Dr. Ellison will provide you with several recommendations and/or referrals.
Treatment - Your Program of Care
You will likely receive your first treatment following your Report of Findings; most patients do. Treatment may include spinal adjustments, physical therapies, and/or soft tissue therapies. Treatment is interactive; you can express any concerns you have about the style of adjustment you will be most comfortable with.
Before leaving, you will be instructed on a Wellness Program to be conducted at home.
For example, if you are in pain before your first visit, you will likely be instructed to apply heat and ice alternating at specific intervals. Also, you may be instructed to avoid certain activities or positions, and/or to perform specific exercises and/or stretches.
And, if you are interested in an overall approach to a Wellness Lifestyle, our team will provide information on our proprietary Creating Wellness ProgramTM.