Your Second Chiropractic Visit
OK, so you’ve already had your first visit at Rainey Chiropractic & Car Injury Clinic. Now it’s time for your second visit. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may already be feeling better. Some patients feel better after their first visit, but then the pain starts to return before the second visit. My goal is to provide you with some improvement in your symptoms between your first and second visit.
At the close of your first visit, I generally tell you to ice the area that I addressed. Heat will create more pain, so don’t use it. I go into greater detail in this article about when to use ice and when to use heat. Applying heat after your first chiropractic visit is highly discouraged.
Doctor’s Report of Findings
On your second visit, I will go over the results of your examination and the imaging (X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans) that you may have had performed. I will sit down with you and address your questions, comments, and concerns. Together, this will provide a clear understanding of the issue(s). Then I will re-evaluate the areas of concern and monitor your progress. Each visit should show a gradual improvement in pain relief. Patients who suffer from serious injuries or car accidents may be slow to progress. I like to tell these patients what to expect so that their expectations are realistic as they continue to improve. Not everybody gets better immediately. Some patients take time, and they may even require co-management with other health professionals. I explain that more in this blog post about the importance of having a team of health professionals.
Future Treatment Options
After I have explained the results to the patient, and I have explained my findings, I will create a custom treatment plan, unique to your problem and/or health complaints. When I put a plan together for you, it may include chiropractic therapy, massage, trigger point work, stretches, muscle strengthening exercises, nutrition, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, ultrasound, traction or simply the application of heat or ice. In addition, this plan may require several visits, spaced specific intervals. This is designed to help your body heal as quickly, safely and effectively as possible.
Answering all of Your Questions
I always tell my patients to ask me questions that they have. This visit, however, is specifically
focused on answering your questions. I have allotted more time during this visit to specifically address your questions. I try to use language that makes my explanations understandable, but some vocabulary can be complex. That’s why I encourage you to ask questions so that you have a full understanding of your condition and your recovery expectations.
Recovery Time and Expectations
I will come up with a treatment plan, and it will often include many things to speed up the recover process. Some patients are better in only one visit. Others can take several weeks or months. This all depends on the underlying issue that created the condition and prompted the patient to come into the office. When I create a treatment plan, I often give the patient things to do at home to speed up the healing process. I tell the patient that he/she can expect the recovery time to be lessened by incorporating certain exercises and/or daily activities.
It is important that all patients bring with them their spouse or another family member so that patient specific tips may be maintained at home and so that the process of correcting the spine may be easier with help from other family members.
Finances are a topic that must be addressed. As a result, we have put extensive thought into making care affordable for everyone. The following is a list of the most common methods that patients use to pay for care in our office:
- Major Medical Health Insurance
- Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Health Savings Account (HSA)
- Payment Plans (Care Credit and ClearGage)
What to Expect at Future Visits
Subsequent visits will be shorter in length. Although the second visit may be anywhere from 30-90 minutes in length, depending on the particular patient, future visits will be much shorter. Generally, an appointment for an adjustment will be 10 minutes in length. And if therapy is needed, each unit of therapy will be approximately 15 additional minutes in length.
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