Not every injury is the same and not every patient will require the same treatment. There are so many variables that goes into treating each individual patient such as: Is the complaint acute or chronic? Has the patient had previous experience with this problem? If so, for how long/often? What are their current feelings toward their problem and how is it affecting their lives?
These factors all need to be considered – especially when dealing with the more chronic problems. The only way to determine what is best for each patient is to conduct a thorough examination to determine the underlying cause of the problem. From there, proper recommendations can be provided to get you back on your path to recovery and achieving the best version of yourself!
Day 1 & Day 2
Your first and second visits are the most important parts on your road to recovery and communication is essential! This is when the cause of your problem is determined and collaborate to determine the most effective course of action moving forward.
1. Your First Visit
A proper examination is necessary to provide you with the best possible recommendations! Your first visit will include a thorough neuromusculoskeletal exam and necessary X-rays in our state-of-the-art digital X-ray Suite! Treatment is usually performed on the first visit; however, this is determined on a case-by-case basis.
However, we are happy to accommodate you if you just want that quick adjustment. Please express this to our team at the time of your visit so we can proceed with the best course of action!
We always encourage patient involvement and will typically send our patients home with a tested home exercise prescription that works! We feel the best thing we can do for our patients is show them ways to help themselves and the only way to do that is with a proper examination and active patient participation.
We always inform before we perform and will never proceed with anything you are uncomfortable with!
2. Your Second Visit
We call this the Report of Findings. This is a review of the health history and consultation of the patient’s presenting complaints and treatment goals to ensure accuracy and then a report of the examination and X-ray findings.
The Report of Findings also includes recommendations for care that consists of:
- i. Frequency & duration of the care plan
- ii. Treatments to be utilized
- iii. Functional deficits to be restored
- iv. Home exercises & stretches to be used during the process
- v. Any referral for co-management that may be warranted
3. Our treatment plan formula is simple
The patient’s complaints + Their functional or lifestyle goals + Our examination findings. From there it is a matter of what each patient wants to commit to and we always do our best to customize each plan based on those needs and wants!