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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. McDuff to discuss your health-related problems, concerns and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. McDuff to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. McDuff will perform a complete chiropractic / neurological examination. Other standard 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 and exam findings, Dr. McDuff may refer you out for X-rays if it is warranted. X-rays can help develop an 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.
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. McDuff will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
1. How can you help me?
2. How often do I need to come in?
3. What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, evaluation forms and any x-rays, MRIs, labs, etc… Dr. McDuff will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with another type of provider. Dr. McDuff 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 chiropractic manipulative therapy (adjustments), muscle therapy and/or low level laser therapy. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Prior to leaving, Dr. McDuff will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into this 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, Dr. McDuff will work with you to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique; therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of a wellness program is for you to achieve better health by a reduction in pain, increased range of motion, improved function, a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.