Your First Visit: What To Expect
1-Patient Assessment Questionnaires
Upon entering the office, we have some brief paperwork for you to fill out. The paperwork provides Dr. John with both general and specific information about yourself and your unique situation.
Save time by filling out paperwork at your convenience before coming in! Click the 'Patient Forms' link on this website. When you are done, contact our office at (503) 538-0618. One of our team members will promptly schedule you with a convenient time to see the doctor. For your convenience we also have an office map and directions available for you to print out. Please don't delay. Get on the path toward restoring and maintaining optimal health.
Once the paperwork has been completed, you will have a consultation with the doctor to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, goals.
3-History and Physical Examination
In order to determine what your actual problem(s) is/are, the doctor will ask you various questions related to your condition. Next, a number of specialized tests will be performed to determine which tissues are affected and to what extent.
4-X-ray Studies (If necessary)
Your specific condition may require us to take x-rays to either rule out more serious conditions or assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you.
5-Treatment (Not always on the first day)
Once finished with the examination and all appropriate studies, patients will often (but not always) be provided with their first treatment during this same visit. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapies, and/or soft tissue therapies. On occassion, the doctor may require time to review the information before chiropractic care begins.
Prior to leaving, patients will be given instructions on certain activities or procedures to be conducted at home. This may include ice or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches.
7-Schedule Your Next Appointment (At Your Second Visit The Doctor Will Give You His 'Report Of Findings')
You will be given a convenient appointment time for your follow-up visit. Generally speaking, patients are seen within 1-2 days and are provided with a complete review of findings. At the report of findings the doctor will tell you:
- What is the cause(s) of your current health condition.
- Whether or not chiropractic care can help.
- A specific treatment plan/approach for your condition.
- A clear discussion of the length of time and costs involved.
Check out this video about what to expect at your first visit.