exceeding your expectations.
On your first visit, I'll ask you not only about your injury but, among other things, your exercise, work, daily routines, and sleep posture. Don't hold back. Then, expect a physical examination of not only the injured body part, but usually anything related to it.
Your visit will take about an hour and you'll want to dress with loose, comfortable clothing.
The first part of YOUR EXAM is what you'd expect from your orthopedist or family doctor: orthopedic tests, range of motion evaluation, and basic neurologic testing to make sure your brain is talking to your body parts uninhibited. Depending on the condition, that's usually followed by a musculosketal examination -- poking, prodding, pushing, and pulling -- to assess muscle and joint restrictions.
I'll talk through the examination findings as we go and build not only a clear picture of your injury, BUT what it'll take to fix it. Sometimes, that picture needs refining with further testing: X-ray, MRI, CT, bloodwork or a referral to another specialist. More often than not, however, once you understand your injury and what it takes to fix it, we can begin the process the same day.
You get the deciding vote.
After the exam and first treatment, I'll send you home with some instructions, usually to reduce muscle spasm and inflammation. When you return, usually within a few days, I'll be looking at your response to your first treatment to help guide my recomemndations for any continuing treatment, if it's needed.
If further treatment is appropriate, I'll offer you options that could involve any, all or some of the following: chiropractic adjustments, stretching and resistance exercises, deep or not-so-deep muscle therapy and home therapies to enhance the healing process. Once you understand what it takes for you to heal, you decide which option or combination of options we'll use to get you to your goals as efficiently and as quickly as possible.
Most of us, myself included, have trouble finding the time to do our homework, but without it, expect a slower and more painful healing process. To increase your chances of success, I've designed most home therapies to be done frequently, but very quickly, through the day from a few seconds to a few minutes each time. The goal is to break the spasm and reduce the inflammation frequently through the day so you don't have a fire to put out at night.
You should have enough options to make the healing process personal and easy. Because You don't have to work hard to heal. You just have to be consistent.