Your First Visit
Have you been involved in an accident? Are you experiencing joint pain? Do you need physical therapy? Sunshine State Medical is here for all your chiropractic needs! If this is your first time visiting a chiropractic office, typically you have received a reference from either a personal, healthcare specialist, or attorney. You may also be wondering what a chiropractic examination entails. Don’t worry, we can help!
Our typical first appointment includes the following:
In preparation for your consultation with the chiropractor, you will be asked to fill out forms providing physical therapy background information, including your symptoms and conditions. You will also be asked to provide us with information on family medical history, any prior injuries, persistent problems, current maladies, as well as previous and current health providers or treatments.
Once your physical therapy history has been completed, a physician will perform a thorough examination. In addition to common test such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, the examination will also include specific Orthopedic and Neurological tests, which assess:
- Range of motion of the affected regions
- Muscle tone and strength
- Integrity of affected joints
- Neurological integrity
Based on the above procedures’ findings, further evaluations may be necessary to provide a better assessment or to better diagnose the condition.
Diagnostic studies are useful in revealing pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities. They also can help to accurately diagnose a condition. These studies may or may not be deemed necessary by the physician, unless the patient’s physical therapy history and results obtained from a physical examination advise the necessity of such studies. The most common diagnostic studies used at Sunshine State Medical are:
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Laboratory Tests
The information gathered from your history, physical examination, and diagnostic studies provide a clearer situation for physician to respond to your present condition.
Most physical therapy treatments begin during a patient’s first visit, although some may wait until the next visit. Our recommendations may include:
- Adjustments to affected joints
- Modalities to improve soft tissue healing and pain control
- Electrical muscle stimulation
- Exercise to improve muscles balance
- Strength and coordination
- Patient education to improve posture and motor control
Other physical therapy treatments which may be included are massages, heat/cold applications, and nutrition education.
Finally, establishing specific goals for a patient’s physical therapy rehabilitation include:
- Short-term goals to reduce pain and restore normal joint function and muscle balance
- Long-term goals to restore functional independence and tolerance to normal activities of daily living
To reach these goals, the chiropractor will prescribe a specific number of appointments. This may be 1 to 3 visits per week, for 4 to 6 weeks, followed by a re-examination. At the re-examination, the chiropractor will measure the response to the physical therapy treatments and determines whether to:
- Continue treatment, if necessary
- Release you from care, if your goals have been met
- Refer you to another specialist, if you require further evaluation
You Have Pain.
We Have Solutions.
We cover all physical therapy aspects from chiropractic to stress therapy. If for any reason we cannot cover your need, we can refer you to the perfect doctors to help.
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