Your first visit to a chiropractor typically involves patient intake, physical examination, possibly some diagnostic studies, a discussion of findings, and potentially your first treatment. You’ll start with paperwork to document your medical history, current condition, and treatment goals. The chiropractor will then conduct a comprehensive physical examination, possibly supplemented with diagnostic studies like X-rays, if needed. They will discuss your diagnosis, proposed treatment plan, and expected outcomes with you. Depending on your specific situation, you may also receive your first chiropractic adjustment during this visit, which is a specific manipulation aimed at improving joint function and movement. To facilitate ease of movement during your visit, it’s advisable to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Chiropractors primarily treat musculoskeletal conditions, focusing on issues related to the bones, joints, muscles, and nerves. They commonly address conditions like back and neck pain, headaches, joint pain and arthritis, sports injuries, muscle tension, and imbalances, rehabilitation after musculoskeletal injuries, and sciatica and nerve pain. Chiropractors may help alleviate symptoms and improve function through manual adjustments and other therapeutic techniques. It’s important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider to determine the most suitable treatment approach for your specific condition.