Every day, millions of Americans needlessly suffer from debilitating back, neck, or other pain caused by spinal misalignments or fascia adhesions. Chiropractic care, including manual joint manipulation or Myofascial release therapy as offered by Dr. Bartoe in Orlando, FL, can help. Here’s what you can expect from your first visit and following chiropractic treatments.
1. Health History
During your first appointment, you will go over your health history with your chiropractor. This in an important step in identifying the potential causes of your pain or discomfort and will help in developing a treatment plan. This history will include family health history, as well as personal history. It’s important to let your chiropractor know of any medications, recent procedures, and current medical treatments.
2. The Initial Exam
Before treatment can begin, the chiropractor will need to examine the problem areas and often the surrounding areas as well. This will include either visual and hands-on examination as well as testing to see how you are able to move what might make your symptoms better or worse.
3. Additional Tests
Imaging tests, such as x-rays or MRI’s may also be ordered to give your chiropractor a better understanding of your unique situation. They are also used to help rule out potential problems or confirm suspected issues. Some causes of chronic pain, however, do not show up on imaging tests. In this case, the lack of visible findings can help the doctor to find the problem area.
4. Design Personal Treatment Plan
Once the examination is completed, the doctor will discuss with you what is likely causing your symptoms and will explain the recommended course of treatment. If imaging is recommended, this process may be delayed until the results are in and reviewed. Treatment plans are unique to each patient, so frequency of care and therapies will vary. The goal of care is to return the patient to their ideal functional state as quickly as possible, but this may include multiple visits for realignment, Myofascial release, or elastic taping.
5. Maintenance and Prevention
Throughout treatment, progress will be carefully monitored and treatment will be modified to ensure the best outcomes. Once the main problems have been corrected it’s important to continue treatments to maintain the pain relief and prevent additional neuromuscular problems. Lifestyle changes may also be recommended as we know that continuing the same daily activities can cause issues to happen again.