On your first visit to our clinic you can expect to be here for about 45 minutes. Our friendly staff will welcome you and guide you through the paperwork you will need to complete so that we can find out how we can best help you.
Once your new patient forms are completed, Dr Goran will discuss the information on your forms with you, as well as any concerns that you have. Given that the chiropractic approach may be different from previous treatment you have tried, he may discuss some useful concepts with you so that you have a clearer understanding of how the body works and how the chiropractic care we provide will be beneficial to you.
If following this discussion he feels that chiropractic may be of benefit to you, he will conduct a thorough physical examination. This includes postural assessment, Range of movement evaluation, palpation (feeling the problem areas) examination to determine which areas may require chiropractic adjustments.
If the chiropractor believes that x-rays are necessary* to help us better understand your condition, they can be taken on the premises during your initial consultation.
Once all diagnostic procedures are completed, your chiropractor may commence your care if it appropriate to do so.
* Walkerville Chiropractic acknowledges and adheres to the Diagnostic Imaging Policies recommended by the Chiropractors Board of Australia as published in Appendix 2 of the Code of Conduct (March 2014)
On your second visit to the clinic, your chiropractor will explain in detail what information was discovered during your initial consultation. If Spinal X rays were taken, you will be walked through each of these with an explanation of how your spine looks in relation to what we would expect to see in a textbook normal scenario, but more importantly, how this relates to the problem you have come in to the clinic for. There may be a lot of information to take in, but we believe that a thorough understanding of the problem is beneficial to you getting the best possible outcome.
If adjustments were performed on the first visit, your response will be discussed. Please remember that this is only one component that can contribute to a very early indication of prognosis.
If it is appropriate to continue with your care, we will do so.
The other important component of this visit is that your chiropractor will outline a recommendation for what will be required to resolve your problem. This will include the scheduling frequency of adjustments, and may involve some home care recommendations and exercises also. The basis of these recommendations includes the expected healing time for the injured tissues involved in your particular situation, functional capacity as tested in your physical examination on day one, your age, pain severity and duration, and the presence of any other complicating factors such as degenerative changes or other pathology.
Typically after 4 weeks of care, your chiropractor will conduct a “Progress Review”. At this session we will repeat all of the assessments conducted on the first visit so that we can objectively gauge your progress from the beginning up until this point. It is not necessarily the expectation that you will be “100% fixed” by the progress review. However, it is a good opportunity to systematically monitor how you are going in terms of functional recovery. Once all of these factors have been considered, further recommendations will be made on the next phase of your care, including strategies for prevention of future problems and maintenance of positive outcomes gained so far.
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