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What to Expect and How to Prepare for your First Visit:

Be ready to provide your medical history, which will be essential for preparing a course of treatment for you. Medical records, such as diagnostic test results, or imaging results, such as X-rays and MRIs, will also provide important information about your condition.

Certain things in your health history are particularly vital to a chiropractor. This information could provide important clues that will allow your chiropractor to properly diagnose your health issues. Such clues include whether you have or have had:

Bone disorders, such as osteoporosis, circulatory problems (poor circulation could be a sign that you have a subluxation, for example), dizziness or blurred vision, heart conditions such as hypertension or high blood pressure, infections, especially those affecting your spine injuries, such as bone fractures, muscle sprains, or disc injuries, joint disorders such as arthritis or Sleep Apnea.

Be Prepared to Answer Such Questions as:

Did the onset of your pain immediately follow an injury?
Is there anything you do that improves or worsens the pain?
When and how did your pain start? Where is the pain centered?

The Physical Exam

Here’s what to expect:

The first order of business is checking your vital signs, reflexes, and blood pressure. Sometimes measurements will be taken to determine arm and leg length. Next, you will be asked to do a series of simple and easy activities or exercises. These exercises will provide information about your motor skills, balance, and gait, among others. These tests also help determine your range of motion, muscle tone and strength, and the integrity of your nervous system. Any abnormalities could provide clues about a condition.