Our team strives to make your first appointment and each appointment after that a welcoming experience. At Nasa Chiropractic you are part of the team, which means that we will do all we can to ensure you are an active part of your overall wellness journey. On your first visit your doctor will consult with you on your complete health history, perform full orthopedic, spinal, and neurological exams, and work with you to establish a treatment plan after a diagnosis is reached. Our aim is to provide quick pain relief as well as partner with you to improve your overall health and find long-term solutions to the underlying problems causing your pain. While our thorough, evidence-based approach may take a little more time (mostly for the initial examination), it is important to accurately diagnose and treat the underlying causes of your pain. Our goal is to provide long-term solutions that get you self-sufficient as quickly as we can, not just provide temporary relief from a quick fix. We want each of our patients to be able to maintain a pain-free and healthy lifestyle even after being released from care!
Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time with your new patient paperwork already filled out. Our preferred method of filling out new patient forms is digitally. Our front desk staff will text or email you a link to fill out these forms when you schedule your first appointment. Bring your ID and insurance card, if using insurance. To expedite your first visit, it is best to call ahead with your insurance information so our staff can pre-verify your benefits and to arrive with new patient paperwork already filled out. Please allow approximately one hour for your first visit.
Once your file has been processed, you will be seated in an exam room. You and your doctor will then discuss your pertinent health history and current condition. We ask that you give us as much information as you can about yourself, including any illnesses or injuries—small or large—from childhood to adulthood. Please feel free to ask the doctor questions or express any concerns you may have at any point throughout your visit.
Upon arrival you will be asked to fill out a pain drawing in order to illustrate the pattern of your pain and the areas that are involved. Pain drawings are very valuable to the doctor because details noted on the drawing aid us in determining the specific cause of your condition. You will also be asked to rate your pain on several pain scales and you will be asked to fill out a "pain-disability" assessment. This will aid us in determining how extensive your condition is interfering with your everyday activities. These clinical instruments allow us to accurately diagnose your issues.
Following your consultation with the doctor, you will undergo a targeted neurological, orthopedic, and spinal evaluation. Our examination includes tests to both rule out dangerous conditions and to verify the cause of your problems. We take pride in our exams and strive to help you gain an understanding of the symptoms you may be experiencing.
Depending on your history and examination, you may require x-rays to better understand your condition and the cause of your symptoms. If you have recent x-rays or MRIs, please bring them with you to your first visit so your doctor may review them with you. We use low voltage x-ray equipment in our clinic to decrease the amount of x-ray exposure. Fractures, arthritis, and degeneration are just a few conditions your doctor may encounter. Once your x-rays are developed, your doctor will review and discuss the findings with you.
Based on the examination findings, the data gathered during your consultation, your pain drawing, pain rating, your disability questionnaire, and relevant diagnostic imaging (x-rays or MRI studies), your doctor will explain the probable cause of your condition (diagnosis). You will also be given other explanations for your condition (differential diagnosis) if applicable. Once your condition is explained to you, your doctor will give you a working diagnosis and decide if he or she can help you. If chiropractic care at Nasa Chiropractic is considered a viable treatment option, your doctor will explain the nature of your treatment and approximate time-frames for your treatment. If your condition requires additional imaging studies (MRI), or the services of other specialists such as neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, or pain management specialists, your doctor will discuss these options with you.
Your doctor will then discuss a treatment plan with you. Should you elect to begin a course of care at Nasa Chiropractic, your first two weeks are critical to your care, as we consider the first two weeks of care to be diagnostic as well as therapeutic. In cases where our patients do not respond well to care in the first two weeks, your doctor may recommend alternative treatments for your condition, as the maximum therapeutic benefits associated with our treatments are typically realized in the first few weeks. Should you respond well to your first two-week trial of care, your doctor will outline your treatment plan to complete your care at Nasa Chiropractic. An average course of care at our office typically involves 8-10 visits over a period of 4-6 weeks.
This may include chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapies, and exercises. Your doctor will go over a daily routine with you to support your success at home including ice, heat, stretches, and/or rest. You may also be asked to avoid certain activities or positions at home or at work. You are now part of the team! As part of the team, we will work with you to get you back to doing what you enjoy. Depending on your situation, we usually see patients three times a week for your first week.
We strive to make your first visit at Nasa Chiropractic as simple and stress-free as possible. Our biggest reward is to get you back to the activities you enjoy! Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns you might have.