Upon entering the office you will be greeted by our friendly front desk staff in, most likely, your native language, as our staff speaks English, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Russian and Cantonese.
The front desk staff will then bring you into a private, comfortable treatment room where the chiropractic physician will speak with you one-on-one to listen to and address your individual needs and concerns. The chiropractic physician will then review your forms with you and discuss your current symptoms and conditions. He will ask you more specific questions about your pain, such as when and how the symptoms began, and a description of the location and intensity of the symptoms and how the symptoms limit your daily activities. The chiropractic physician will then perform an exam, measuring and reviewing such things as your blood pressure, respiration, reflexes, ranges of motion, posture, and muscle strength.
Next, the chiropractic physician will review any labs, x-rays, MRIs or Cat Scans that you may have done prior to the appointment, and any relevant medical records from other health care practitioners that you have/are treating with. These diagnostic studies and medical records, will allow the chiropractic physician to more accurately diagnose your condition. We perform x-rays at our office for your convenience, if needed.
Finally, the chiropractic physician may refer you out to further diagnostic testing, or co-treatment with other health care specialists, if needed. He may begin using modalities such as ultrasound, heat, ice, electrotherapy, traction, and spinal manipulations. He will advise you as to which exercises he recommends you do at home, ways to better your posture, and anticipated length of chiropractic care. At each appointment, the chiropractic physician will measure your response to the treatment and adjust the treatments accordingly, with the final goal being a release from chiropractic care. Chiropractic care helps the body to heal itself throughout the entire course of treatment, so completing the full chiropractic treatment plan is vital for not only immediate pain relief but to also achieve full rehabilitation so as to prevent future injury.
The chiropractic physician’s goals with all treatment are to reduce pain, restore normal joint function and improve muscle function. To reach these goals, the chiropractic physician may refer you to co-treat with neurological, neurosurgical and/or orthopedic specialists, depending on your diagnosis.