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Does Your Back Hurt? 2 Things To Expect During Your First Chiropractic Visit

by Claire Ward

If you struggle with back pain, then you understand how disabling a few tight muscles can be. Although most non-sufferers write off back pain as a simple nuisance, folks who have had issues know a bad back can make everything more difficult, including sitting and standing. Fortunately, you might be able to find relief from your symptoms by getting treatment from a chiropractor, like one from Horne Chiropractic Center. Here are two things that you should expect during your first visit, and why you shouldn't worry. 

1: Medical History

Although you might be anxious to get started the minute you step foot in your chiropractor's office, your doctor will take the time to collect a comprehensive medical history from you before he or she does anything else. Here are a few things that might be addressed:

  • Symptoms: Your doctor will want to know the current status of your condition, when the pain started, and how it has impacted your life. It isn't always easy to describe pain, which is why it might be a good idea to write down details of your symptoms in the days leading up to your appointment. If you can, record the time of day that symptoms set in and what activities prompt trouble.         
  • Family History: If you have a family history of back problems or genetic conditions, your doctor will want to know about it. For example, if all of your siblings have brittle bone disease and there is a chance you could have it, your doctor might need to alter the course of your chiropractic treatment.
  • Imagery: To determine the cause of your symptoms, your doctor might order imagery such as an X-Ray or an MRI. The results from these tests can help your doctor to determine how your bones are fitting together and whether or not nerves are being pinched. 
  • Previous Trauma or Surgeries: Your doctor will also want to know about any accident or condition that led to back surgery. Existing scar tissue, pins, and implanted screws can change the way that muscles and bones react to treatment. Tell your doctor if you have ever had back issues before, even if you feel like you have completely healed.

As you discuss your medical history with your chiropractor, try to be as open and honest as possible. It might not be fun to discuss that scary car accident from several years ago, but it could change the way your doctor addresses your condition.

2: Initial Adjustment

Once your doctor determines that you would be a good candidate for chiropractic care, you will undergo your first adjustment. Although the idea of a doctor adjusting the alignment of your bones and joints can sound terrifying, most patients report their initial adjustment felt a lot like a back massage.

Your doctor might use his or her hands to apply force to certain parts of your back, which may or may not prompt an audible "popping" noise. Your doctor might also use electrodes to relax certain muscles, which might make it easier to align your back. During your treatment, your doctor might check your range of motion, and ask you how you are feeling.

This hands-on approach to back pain relief is one reason that 95% of chiropractic patients report being happy with their care. After your initial treatment, your doctor might set up additional appointments for adjustments, and recommend physical therapy exercises for you to do at home to strengthen your back muscles. 

Knowing what to expect before you get to the chiropractor's office might help you to relax, so you can listen more attentively and enjoy the benefits of your treatment. 


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