Once you’ve found a chiropractor, it’s time to set up the initial appointment. This one may be longer than appointments in the future because it’s a chance for you and the chiropractor to get to know each other. When you call to set up the appointment, be sure to let them know if you’re calling as a result of a car accident or another time-sensitive issue, as you’ll want to start getting help right away. They’ll likely have several questions for you before scheduling the appointment, then will find a time that works well for you. It is important to take note of any instructions they provide, so you can be ready to see the chiropractor for your first visit.
Get Ready to See the Chiropractor
Most offices will have paperwork that should be filled out before seeing the chiropractor. This is general paperwork that includes insurance information, why you’re seeking help from a chiropractor, where the pain is, how it started, and more. Fill out all documents completely and accurately, then make sure to bring them with you to the first appointment. Your chiropractor will use the documents to learn more about you and to prepare for discussions and decisions on how to move forward with your treatment plan. If answers are inaccurate or incomplete, they won’t be able to provide the correct help and it may take longer before you start to feel better.
What to Look for During the First Visit
During the first visit, pay attention to how smoothly everything works at the office, how long the wait time is, and how friendly the staff is. The staff should be willing to answer any questions you might have before you speak with the chiropractor. Once you see the chiropractor, they will likely ask why you’re there, do an examination, and then discuss the results with you. This can include x-rays and other diagnostics. The chiropractor should work carefully with you to create a treatment plan that’s going to help you get relief.