If you are considering your first visit to a chiropractic office, you’ve picked the right place. Rest assured that Dr. Kim Jaqua and our staff will do everything in their power to help relieve your symptoms as fast as possible – with as few treatments as necessary – and also give advice on how to avoid future episodes of back pain, neck pain or sciatica.
Dr. Jaqua is trained in a wide variety of chiropractic techniques, so you can feel comfortable asking any questions necessary to understand the chiropractic examination, diagnosis, and treatment program.
Your First Visit – Jaqua Chiropractic
The initial consultation involves completing a thorough chiropractic exam. Depending upon the circumstances, this could last anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes or more.
Dr. Jaqua will conduct an initial interview with you about her philosophy and general approach, and your preferences.
The initial in office clinical exam generally includes 3 areas:
1. Patient History and Symptoms
To prepare for the chiropractic consultation, you will be asked to fill out forms that provide background information about your symptoms and condition. Types of questions typically include:
- When and how did the pain start?
- Where is it located?
- Describe the pain – is it sharp, dull, searing/burning, or throbbing? Does it come and go, or is it continual?
- Did the pain start as a result of an injury?
- What activities/circumstances makes it better or worse?
You will be asked to provide information on family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.
2. The Chiropractic Exam
A thorough chiropractic exam includes general tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, as well as specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:
- Range of motion of the affected part
- Muscle tone
- Muscle strength
- Neurological integrity
Further chiropractic tests may be necessary to assess the affected area (such as having you move in a specific manner), posture analysis, or chiropractic manipulation of the affected body part.
3. Diagnostic Studies
Based upon the results of the your history and chiropractic exam, diagnostic studies may be helpful in revealing pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities to more accurately diagnose a condition.
Diagnostic studies are not always necessary during the chiropractic exam, and should only be undertaken if the chiropractor has a good reason to believe that the X-ray or other test will provide information needed to guide your treatment program.
The most common diagnostic studies during chiropractic exams include:
- X-ray exam
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan
- Other laboratory tests
If X-rays, MRI scans or more extensive imaging studies are required, you will be referred to an outside center.
Patient Diagnosis after the Chiropractic Exam
Findings from the combination of the above described history, physical examination and any required diagnostic studies lead to a specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, Dr. Jaqua will determine if the condition will respond to chiropractic care.
At the end of your initial visit, Dr. Jaqua will explain your:
- Diagnosed condition
- Individualized chiropractic treatment plan (or other treatments)
- Anticipated length of chiropractic care
This information will be provided in written form so you may take it home and think about it and conduct their own research.