First Visit-New Patient Consultation
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you promptly. We do request that you complete our patient forms prior to arrival. Just click here—-> New Patient Forms, and you can print our forms and complete them at your convenience. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition. Please be sure to bring a photo ID and insurance card with you.
Next, you will have a consultation with one of our Doctors to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for the Doctors to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, a Doctor will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Motion Study X-Rays
Depending on your specific condition, we may take specific Motion Study X-rays. The Motion Study X-rays help us determine which bones are moving and functioning properly and which ones are fixated and causing dysfunction. This will allow our Doctors to develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
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, we will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Our Doctors will provide the best treatment and wellness program tailored for your needs.
At the conclusion of this appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, intersegmental traction/soft tissue massage and/or neuro-muscular reeducation. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our Columbia chiropractic office, our first objective is to help you reduce pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the underlying condition which is causing your pain, it is typical for a patient to need chiropractic care or adjustments 2-3 times per week during this period. These visits usually include intersegmental traction. Traction helps stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons helping them relax.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
Now that most, if not all, of your pain is gone, the focus of your treatment will shift to correcting the underlying problem and bringing your body back to 100% functioning. Your treatment frequency may stay high for a short time, but will rapidly decrease as your condition improves. We continue to utilize the same therapies as before, but will begin to incorporate more active therapies to help stretch and strengthen your muscles. This may include exercises in our rehab area during your appointment, take home exercises, and manual traction. This stage is the most critical to your recovery. Unfortunately, some patients skip this stage because they believe that pain is the only indicator that they need treatment.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed and you are no longer experiencing back pain or other pain symptoms, it is important to come in for periodic chiropractic adjustments to avoid further problems in the future. Your treatment frequency will be very low. Most patients come in 1-2 times every month, based on your lifestyle and goals. If any therapy is done, it will probably be mechanical traction or neuro-muscular reeducation, depending on your needs. This stage is important to maintain your overall health and prevent future injuries and pain.