Typically we allow one hour for a new patient appointment in our office. When you arrive please sign in at our front desk. You will be asked to fill out your admitting paperwork if you have not already completed it. If you download it from the email you were sent, please bring your paperwork with you. If you have had x-rays or MRI performed recently please arrange to bring them with you or have them sent in advance of your appointment as well.
You will then sit down with either Dr. Rob or Dr. Fran or a staff member for a consultation to discuss your health concerns and health history. This allows the doctor to determine which exams and x-rays need to be performed.
Your chiropractic examination will include a computerized spinal exam, range of motion, appropriate orthopedic and neurological tests. If x-rays are deemed necessary they will be taken at this time. Typically, we ask a patient to put on a gown to have the computer exam and xrays performed. If you can wear clothing without any metal, that may eliminate the need to change for xrays, although the gown will be necessary for the computer exam.
Your exam findings will be reviewed at this time and under most circumstances your first adjustment will follow. If the doctor needs more time to review your information, your first adjustment may not occur until later that day or the next day. At the end of your visit you will receive a packet that contains information pertinent to our office and your examination. A follow-up visit will be scheduled for you at this time.
Typically, your second visit will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
We ask that you sign in at the front desk each visit. The doctor may take this time to explain your x-rays to you and reiterate key points discussed during your first visit. Any questions or concerns you may have can be addressed at this time as well. You will have a brief evaluation and be adjusted on this visit. Street clothes are the norm in our office for your adjustments. Some patients choose to change into more comfortable clothes after being dressed for work. We just ask that you wear something you can move in. If we are seeing you for a concern with a knee, we may ask you to put on a pair of gym shorts that we supply if your clothes that day are not accommodating to an exam.
A routinely scheduled adjustment can usually take up to 15 minutes in our office.
Once again, we ask that you sign in at the front desk when you arrive. We strive to keep to our schedule although sometimes we are confronted with someone who needs a bit more time. It is helpful to let our staff know if you do have a new injury, concern or you need a few extra minutes of the doctor’s time. They can help you set up an appointment that will give us enough time to discuss the issue or she will set up a time for a phone call between us.
We prefer you schedule your next appointment before you leave the office. We ask this for several reasons. Each adjustment we perform builds upon the previous one. Too much time between adjustments during a corrective phase can slow the healing process. Additionally, it is easier to obtain an appointment for a particular day and/or time if scheduled in advance. Trying to schedule an appointment on the same day you call for a popular time can be difficult. Furthermore, we are all so busy that you will be surprised at how quickly a few days or a couple of weeks goes by. It is easy to get sidetracked and forget to schedule an appointment.