What to Expect
During your initial consultation, the doctor will discuss with you the nature of your condition in detail, and various treatment options will be explained. Further consultation and examination procedures will be performed, after determining the most appropriate types of treatment. Should you choose chiropractic and physical medicine procedures including acupuncture, the doctor will spend approximately one full hour with you in order to determine the precise cause of your problem. If you decide to utilize homeopathy, then you will be scheduled for a future appointment, which will last 2-3 hours or longer, until the doctor has enough information to prescribe an appropriate homeopathic remedy.
During the consultation, a detailed history of your problem will be obtained, and you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Next, a thorough examination will be performed including orthopedic and neurologic evaluation. Specialized functional testing such as postural analysis, gait analysis, joint & muscle testing, as well as X-ray studies, may also be utilized to formulate an accurate diagnosis and individual treatment plan. You will then be advised of your prognosis, including the answers to the following questions: what’s wrong, how can we fix it, how long will it take, and how much will it cost. If your condition would be more appropriately managed by another health care provider, a prompt referral would be made.
Treatment on the first visit will depend upon the specifics of your condition. Most often treatment will include various procedures to help make you feel more comfortable, and/or spinal manipulation/adjustment, or a homeopathic remedy would be prescribed. The doctor will also make self-care recommendations including exercises, nutritional supplements, and the application of ice or heat.
The length of a session can vary greatly, depending upon the specifics of the condition including severity, stage of injury, and phase of care. A maintenance or wellness visit consisting of spinal manipulation only, may last about 10 minutes. Other modalities take additional time, so a session could last 45 minutes to an hour, or more. Homeopathic visits usually last 20-30 minutes for simple follow-up visits, or 40-60 minutes in the case of a new or acute condition.