First Chiropractic Visit
Upon arriving to our office, our staff will welcome you as a member of our family. We may request a copy of your insurance card and may ask you to complete our New Patient Paperwork (if you have not already done so). This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition. After you have finished filling out the paperwork, our staff will give you a tour of our office, so you can become familiar with the layout of our office. We have a short video for you to watch which will introduce you to Minnesota Chiropractic and Rehabilitation and the services we provide. Once the film is complete, you will meet with Dr. Shane Boroditsky and he will complete the following:
You will have a consultation with Dr. Shane Boroditsky to discuss your health concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Boroditsky to learn more about you, your condition, and your expectations and to determine how chiropractic care can best help you meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Boroditsky will perform a complete physical examination, testing your range of motion, muscle strength and reflexes. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. Remember, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, x-rays may be performed to help us accurately diagnose your condition as well as develop the most effective treatment plan for you. All x-rays are performed on-site in our clinic.
Report of Findings
Once the history is collected and the examinations are completed, Dr. Boroditsky will provide you with a detailed report of findings and answer any questions you may have, some of which may include:
- What is wrong with me?
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
Dr. Boroditsky will also discuss whether a referral to another provider is necessary. It is always the goal of Minnesota Chiropractic and Rehabilitation to recommend the most effective treatment for your condition.
Your first treatment at Minnesota Chiropractic and Rehabilitation may include: Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy, Physical Therapy, Acupuncture and Rehabilitative Exercises with the goal of providing you the most effective treatment possible. Treatment is always interactive, and patients should always feel free to ask whatever questions they may have.
Prior to completing treatment, the doctor may suggest a home treatment for you. This may include: ice or heat application instructions, activities to avoid, and home exercises and/or stretches to perform.
Thumbs Up to Relief
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a short period of time.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them – that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Teaming Up for Optimal Health
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it may be necessary to continue receiving care.
During the correction/restorative phase of your care, you will not receive treatment as frequently as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you will begin both an in the office and home exercise program to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups during the course of your treatment. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase of treatment because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury/condition and how long it has been occurring, will determine how long this phase of care lasts.
Maintenance is Key to Healthy Living
Once your body has fully stabilized, routine chiropractic care will help ensure that your problems do not return, and help keep your body in optimal condition. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer with, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.