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Welcome to Washington Park Chiropractic in Denver, CO. We hope to make your first visit at our practice easy and productive! Please leave yourself extra time to find our parking lot (behind the building) and check out what else to expect during your first visit.
What to Expect for your First Consultation:
During the first visit, the doctor of chiropractic will complete a thorough examination that may last up to an hour and will typically includes:
- Complete injury history
- Physical examination
- History of fitness, exercise goals, sleep habits, social habits and overall treatment goals
- Chiropractic treatment plan
- If necessary we can order diagnostic imaging (X-ray, MRI)
Prior to your exam, you will be asked to fill out forms that provide background information about your symptoms and condition. Questions may include:
- When did your pain/condition start?
- Where is the pain located?
- Did pain/condition immediately follow an injury or accident?
- Is anything improves or worsens the pain?
- What treatments have you already tried, and how successful were they?
You may also be asked to provide family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments. To properly diagnose your problem and design a treatment program, your doctor of chiropractic needs to know about any of the following:
- Bone disorders such as osteoporosis
- Implants like pacemakers, artificial joints, cosmetic implants, etc.
- Circulatory problems
- Dizziness or blurred vision
- Heart conditions such as hypertension
- Injuries, such as bone fractures, muscle sprains/strains, or disc injuries
- Joint disorders such as arthritis
- Any current health condition for which you are receiving care from another health care practitioner.
When applicable, bring with you any copies of previous tests (for example, MRI or X-ray reports), lab results, and a list of any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbs, teas, and homeopathic and/or naturopathic substances.
Chiropractic Physical Examination
The next step is a physical examination your chiropractor will perform to evaluate your condition and develop a working diagnosis. In addition to general physical examination procedures such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and temperature, the examination will include specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:
- Range of motion of the affected area that is observed while you walk, turn, bend, or lift
- Muscle tone
- Muscle strength
- Neurological integrity
Diagnostic studies help diagnose conditions more accurately. The most common used by chiropractors include:
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT, or bone scan
- Laboratory tests
The combination of the history, examination, and diagnostic studies will allow your chiropractor to reach a specific diagnosis, which will help the doctor of chiropractic determine whether your condition or pain may respond to chiropractic care.
The chiropractor will explain:
- The diagnosed condition
- The chiropractic treatment plan (or other recommended treatments)
- The anticipated length of care
If our chiropractor determines that your condition would be more appropriately treated by another health care professional, he or she will make the proper referral. Your treatment plan may also involve collaborative care with other health care providers, such as your primary care physician, a physical therapist, or a neurologist. In many cases, chiropractic care will be the primary treatment method. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal problems associated with the condition.
If you and your doctor of chiropractic agree that chiropractic will help, you will receive your first chiropractic treatment. While patients are typically asked to lie on a specially designed table, the chiropractor most often uses his or her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, to reduce pain and restore or enhance joint function. Your doctor of chiropractic will adapt the treatment plan to meet your specific needs. Other treatments, including the Graston Technique, manual therapy, kinesiology tape, ice and heat, traction, soft-tissue massage, Normatec compression therapy and rehabilitative exercises may also be used.
The extent and duration of the patient’s problems coupled with the hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment may require several visits. Many times results are the culmination of frequent visits in a short period of time. The greatest benefit of chiropractic treatment is often the balance between visit frequency, healing time between visits, and home rehab / ergonomic changes. Our chiropractor should tell you how long you can expect the treatment to last. Please note, it is our goal to get you better and back to living life as fast as possible while preventing re-injury and teaching you healthy habits.
You may also receive instructions on certain activities or procedures to conduct at home. This may include ice or heat application, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches.
Schedule Your Next Appointment
You will be given a convenient appointment time for your follow-up visit. Generally speaking, patients are seen within one week. Treatment options for your condition will also be discussed during this time.
Please click the Forms link below to complete your paperwork prior to your first visit!
Wash Park Chiro Staff
Email us at [email protected] with any questions!