New Chiropractor Patients
What should you expect during your first chiropractor appt with Dr. Chase Horton?
Your chiropractor can use many different types of therapies based on the location, severity, and cause of your condition. As is the case with any spine specialist, doctors of chiropractic (DC) will first perform a thorough physical and neurological evaluation to diagnose the cause of your pain. An accurate diagnosis of your condition – and understanding the root cause, is vital to the treatment plan your chiropractor will develop for & with you.
Some of the more common treatments your chiropractor may recommend include spinal adjustments, manual soft tissue therapy, dry needling, electric muscle stim, as well as therapeutic exercise & stretching, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle modifications.
Intake & New Patient Forms
The first thing your chiropractor will ask you to do is to fill out a medical history form. This form comprises certain questions that will help us understand your ailments, symptoms and the current condition of your body. This background information will make it easier for a chiropractor to diagnose your issues.
Expect to answer questions like these…
- When and how did the pain start?
- Where exactly is the pain felt?
- Describe the pain—is it a sharp pain or more of a dull ache? Does it feel like a burn, or is it more of a throbbing feel?
- Is the pain constant or is it time-specific (only early in the morning)?
- Have you had an injury recently?
- Are there any activities that make your condition worse or better?
Chiropractors will typically ask you to provide details regarding your medical history, family background and/or any medical condition(s) you have. With all this information, chiropractors can better analyze your problems.
New Patient Consultation
Once your new patient paperwork is complete, your chiropractor will go over it with you and discuss health related concernes, problems, and possible treatments.
Physical & Neurological Examination
For chiropractors to determine the right chiropractic treatment you require, we will ask you to undergo certain tests. These tests and exams can include blood pressure checks, posture analysis, and respiratory functioning tests. Apart from this, the chiropractors may do orthopedic and neurological examinations. Typically, a chiropractor will check a person’s range of motion, especially if that’s where the pain is located. How well do you move, bend or stretch? They’ll also consider your muscle tone, muscle strength, and motor skills. These examinations and tests are essential for assessing the affected areas and locating triggerpoints.
Testing & Diagnostics
After the examinations and tests, the chiropractor will study the results. This analysis will help them in determining various pathologic or structural features of your body. For instance, they can know if there are any postural abnormalities in your body. For further diagnostic studies, the chiropractor may ask you to undergo an X-ray. X-rays help us to know if there are any deformities within the body structure and gives us an internal view of your spinal alignment. It is an efficient way of gathering data on bones, soft tissue damages and more. Nowadays, chiropractor services have become more advanced and can even get data from MRI reports or scans as well.
After the complete examination and analysis of the report, the chiropractor will sit with you to design a customized treatment plan. It will include chiropractor treatment along with plans for exercises and a proper diet. Based on the severity of your ailment, your chiropractor will decide the treatment period required for complete recovery. We will have multiple goals that will help you get relief from pain, improve range of motion and ensure the proper functioning of the muscles.
The main goal of a chiropractor is to improve the overall health of the patient with effective exercises and nutritional food. Your chiropractor will design and customize your treatment plan, and the patient needs to follow it religiously to ensure a faster recovery.
What does Dr. Chase Horton treat?
Dr. Horton treats patients of all ages and is experienced in working with a variety of muscular and skeletal conditions. The most common complaints in our office are:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain with headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Shoulder pain and rotator cuff tears
- Pregnancy Pain
- Sports and Gym injuries
- Pinched Nerves
- Bulging Discs
Will I get treated on my first visit?
Yes, as long as there are no chiropractic contraindications present. Many chiropractors in the Birmingham area will not adjust patients on their first visit. They will do an exam, X-Rays, and report of findings but require that you come in for another appointment to get adjusted.
Our chiropractic office does not practice this way. We understand that patients deserve immediate treatment and we provide this level of care on day one.
Do I need chiropractic X-Rays?
Most likely, yes. Chiropractors are trained to be experts in spinal X-Ray analysis. Dr. Chase Horton uses X-Rays to rule out the most serious conditions to ensure that you are a candidate for safe and effective chiropractic care. Dr. Horton will advise you on the need for X-Rays in your case.
Will I need to remove my clothes?
No. Most chiropractic treatments or exams do not require a patient to remove clothing. Additionally, patients at our office always have the option of having a staff member of the same sex sit in on any or all components of the visit with your chiropractor.
Is it safe for my child to get adjusted by a chiropractor?
Dr. Chase Horton has a great deal of experience treating kiddos of all ages. Chiropractic is safe, comfortable, effective and natural for children. Choosing regular chiropractic care for all of your family members is a healthy lifestyle choice. Once parents understand that chiropractic is about optimizing health and function, many choose regular wellness checkups to be proactive, rather than waiting for dysfunction and symptoms occur.
How much does a session with a chiropractor cost?
In general, chiropractic services can cost anywhere from $30 to several hundred dollars for an appointment. Without insurance, the average fee to see a chiropractor is $65 per visit.
How often should you see a chiropractor?
This depends on if you’re having pain or not. If you are not currently experiencing any symptoms, the guidelines say to get adjusted by a chiropractor once a month for maintenance & prevention.
If you are experiencing pain, you will need more frequent chiropractic treatments until the root cause of your pain has been resolved.
Where is your office located?
Rocky Ridge Chiropractic clinic is located on Rocky Ridge Rd in Vestavia Hills, AL across from Publix, Iz Cafe, The Ridge restaurant, Crossfit Laminin, and Moe’s BBQ.