Your First Visit
Give yourself enough time for the entire new patient intake process that on average takes up to about 90 minutes.
If you would like to further expedite the process please print off and fill out our new patient health history intake form.
After we have received all of the necessary info, we will take you back to your room where vitals will be recorded. Once this is done the doctor will be sent to see you. He will take a focused history of present illness, family history, and a review of systems to make sure all areas are considered.
Once this is done there will be an examination where our doctors will utilize a mixture of Orthopedic, neurological, and physical examination techniques to formulate your diagnosis.
Once examination is completed the doctor will explain to you what your diagnosis is and how to manage this in the short term as well as prevent it in the future. At this time your doctor would have already made a decision on whether or not your condition requires x-ray or further laboratory testing and would perform the necessary studies at this time. After the decision for further imaging has been made, physical therapy modality treatment will begin for your condition, and may include: electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound (continuous or pulsed based on indications), moist head, rehabilitative exercises.
After the time spent on therapy, the doctor will return to go over any findings on the imaging results and treat your condition with: spinal manipulation, flexion distraction, trigger point therapy, and manual segmental traction. Once you’ve been treated your doctor will then make a decision on whether any orthopedic braces may be beneficial in your recovery and explain the treatment plan with you.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by our friendly staff. We request that you print out our new patient forms online and bring them with you to your initial visit. These forms provide us with general information about you and your condition, as well as, inform you of our office policies.
A consultation can determine if chiropractic care may be beneficial to you. If your condition is not musculoskeletal in origin we are trained to find, diagnose, and make the proper referral to the specialist you need which can oftentimes be determined in this step. Consultations are by appointment only.
You will receive a thorough examination of the area of complaint which includes orthopedic, neurologic, postural, and physical examinations, as well as testing your reflexes and range of motion. Your treatment plan may vary based on test results. Re-exams are performed at regular intervals to further evaluate patient progress.
Treatment & Manipulation
Home Care Instructions
Phase 1: Relief Care
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms.
This phase of care can be compared to a physical therapy modality treatment frequency. Our general treatment plan for severe pain (typically disc conditions) can require multiple visits during your first week of treatment; three visits a week for two to three weeks; twice a week for two to three weeks; and finishing once a week for two to three weeks. This treatment plan can be accelerated for certain individuals based on ability to heal, and our job is to recognize this and determine if the weakness of the tissues involved have been overcome. Although disc issues can be very painful and require more pain management care, most cases are less severe and on average range between 12 and 18 visits for total case management.
At Stine Chiropractic Clinic, your chiropractor is a board certified Chiropractic Orthopedist from the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists and a Fellow of Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists.
To read more about this specialty go to: www.dcorthoacademy.com
Phase 2: Corrective Care
Teaming Up for Optimal Health
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a person’s care. If all the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to complete your recommended treatment plan for your condition.
During the correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing recommended stretches at home to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Resuming normal activities may also cause aggravations based on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it.
Phase 3: Supportive Care
Supportive Care is the Key to Healthy Living
Once your body has fully healed, supportive care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is beneficial to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
As you may know, as our bodies age it is normal to experience some degree of minor aches and pains. Getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising and having a good chiropractor on hand is very helpful, especially over the age of 30. When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.