Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. You will be asked to fill out some paperwork to help us better get to know you and to give us a glimpse into your health history. If you would prefer to save some time by filling out the paperwork in advance, please download our intake form from our website or simply stop by to pick up the paperwork and to schedule your appointment.
Our practice considers your first visit your most important one. Therefore, we allow for extra time with the doctor to ensure we gain a thorough understanding of your condition and so we may answer any questions you may have.
The goal of the first visit is to formulate a working diagnosis of your condition and to create a treatment plan. We will ask you questions about your condition as well as your general health. We will then review this information with you and discuss various treatment options.
After the history, we will perform a physical examination. This will include chiropractic &/or Physical Therapy specific tests, such as checking your posture, palpating the spine and checking the mobility of your joints. Simple orthopedic and neurological tests will also be done, such as evaluating your gait, reflexes, sensation, etc. We may take an x-ray or decide to order such testing as CT scan or MRI or NCV/EMG's. These are not routinely performed, but may be necessary depending on your specific case.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take an x-ray or decide to order such testing as CT scan or MRI or NCV/EMG's. These are not routinely performed, but may be necessary depending on your specific case.
X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious joint conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed our doctors will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays our doctors will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. We here at Tri-State Health Care will provide you the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
Treatment will usually begin immediately, especially in acute cases. Look under the "About Us" tab of this website to familiarize yourself with the various treatments we offer. If you have a complicated case or further testing or consultations are requested, treatment may be deferred until this is completed so that we may provide you with the highest quality care. Should your specific concern be best handled by another health care provider, we will be happy to make the referral.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our wellness team will work with you also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve optimal health.