What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Appointment

So you’ve decided to see a chiropractor, you’ve made a great decision. While it may be nerve-racking to go see a chiropractor, it’s nothing to be nervous about as you will more than always leave feeling better than before. You chiropractor’s goal in the initial appointment is to determine the best treatments for your condition based off the information you give them and your exam.

Chiropractor looking at senior woman with neck pain

There are three general parts to a chiropractic appointment, the discussion of medical history and your symptoms, the exam itself and then goal planning and discussion of treatment. More than likely you will not receive a full adjustment on your first appointment as your chiropractor will need to best determine the treatments necessary for your symptoms and needs, but you will still probably leave feeling better knowing that there is a treatment to soothe your pain.

During the discussion of your medical history you will be asked for information about when and where the pain started, how long it has been going on, the location of the pain, descriptions of your pain such as strength, triggers, and feelings and whether it comes and goes or is continuous. You will also be asked what you have been doing to treat the pain so far and if you have had any injuries that could be a factor. You will normally be asked to provide family medical history, pre-existing injuries and medical conditions and any treatments you have undergone.

Once you have discussed your pain symptoms and medical history with the chiropractor, you will receive a thorough exam including basic tests to determine your blood pressure, pulse, reflexes, and respiration. Your chiropractor will also often test your range of motion as well as muscle tone and strength. Sometimes further tests to assess your affect area(s) may be necessary like posture analysis, chiropractic spinal manipulation or having you move the affected area in different ways.

Finally, after all the questions and your exam, your chiropractor will make a conclusion of your diagnosis and the necessary treatment for your needs. Your chiropractor will explain the diagnosis, its condition, the treatments he or she feels is necessary and how long treatments will take to achieve maximum efficacy and results. Make sure to ask for this information in written form so you may research your options, think it over and make an educated decision based on your own research and the chiropractor’s expert opinion.

If you’re still nervous about seeing a chiropractor, call your local chiropractic office and discuss with a staff member on the phone your feelings and have them answer any questions they can before the appointment. Remember, chiropractors are her to find a non-pharmaceutical treatment option for your pain and their ultimate goal is to help you to feel better.