What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Consultation

Chiropractor KennesawGood chiropractors do everything in their power to help relieve their patient’s symptoms as fast as possible with as few treatments as necessary and also give advice on how to avoid future episodes of back or other types of pain.

Because different chiropractors have different practice philosophies and chiropractic techniques, individuals should feel comfortable asking all the questions necessary to understand the chiropractic examination, diagnosis, and treatment program. 

The initial chiropractic visit is basically divided in to three sections. 

Patient History and Symptoms

In preparation for the chiropractic consultation, the patient will be asked to fill out forms that provide background information about his or her symptoms and condition. Types of questions typically include:

  • When and how did the pain start?
  • Where is it located?
  • Describe the pain – is it sharp, dull, searing/burning, or throbbing? Does it come and go, or is it continual?
  • Did the pain start as a result of an injury?
  • What activities/circumstances makes it better or worse?

Patients are usually asked to provide information on family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments. 

The Chiropractic Exam

A thorough chiropractic exam includes general tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, as well as specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:

  • Range of motion of the affected part
  • Muscle tone
  • Muscle strength
  • Neurological integrity

Further chiropractic tests may be necessary to assess the affected area, such as having the patient move in a specific manner, posture analysis, or chiropractic manipulation of the affected body part.

Patient Diagnosis after the Chiropractic Exam

Findings from the combination of the above described history, physical examination and any required diagnostic studies lead to a specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, the chiropractor will determine if the condition will respond to chiropractic care.

At the end of the patient’s initial visit, the chiropractor will explain the patient’s –

  • Diagnosed condition
  • Individualized chiropractic treatment plan (or other treatments)
  • Anticipated length of chiropractic care

To set up your consultation at our Chiropractic office in Kennesaw with Dr. Todd Supnick call us at 770-262-1909 or use the convenient “Request an Appointment” feature on our website. After your initial consultation you will quickly be on your way to better chiropractic and overall general health.


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