A visit to Carrier Chiropractic chiropractor will start out like a typical visit to any doctor: the patient will be asked to fill out a patient history. Here the patient will describe in detail the problem he or she is experiencing: how it happened, when it happened, how often it is felt, how severe and so on. The doctor will try to pinpoint the causation by asking other questions involving any hobbies/ activities, diet, work environment, and medical history of the patient's immediate family members.
Next, depending on the presenting symptoms and complaints, certain orthopedic and neurological tests may be performed. These are tests used to locate the structures involved in the condition and often attempt to provoke the symptoms. The chiropractor will also palpate, or feel the spine for signs of spinal dysfunction such as joint restrictions, muscle spasm, trigger points, edema, hyperemia, and changes in skin temperature.
An X-ray of the area may be taken to compare the exam findings to the actual area. The chiropractor will then correlate all the exam findings, come up with a diagnosis, and prescribe a treatment plan for the patients. This may include a series of spinal adjustments, physiotherapy such as ice/heat, electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and low level laser therapy; and exercises. Often, the chiropractor may suggest supplements and dietary measures to help prepare the body for healing the injured area.
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Gary Carrier and Dr. Michele Carrier to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Gary Carrier and Dr. Michele Carrier to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Gary Carrier and Dr. Michele Carrier will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take X-rays as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Gary Carrier and Dr. Michele Carrier will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays, Dr. Gary Carrier and Dr. Michele Carrier will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Dr. Gary Carrier and Dr. Michele Carrier will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
At the conclusion of this initial appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our wellness team will work with you also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.