Your First Visit
After welcoming you to our Chiropractic office, we will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. David Dirks to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for the doctor to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how Chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Dirks will perform a complete Chiropractic examination evaluating your reflexes, range of motion, and paying particular attention to your spine for evidence of Vertebral Subluxation Complex (stiff joints, muscle spasm, tenderness / inflammation, pinched nerves, spinal misalignment). Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take x-rays in office suite in the office or refer you for x-rays. We utilize Eastern Radiologists in Washington and Greenville for state of the art digital x-rays that are reviewed by Dr. Dirks and a board certified Medical Radiologist for your piece of mind. Diagnostic digital x-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their x-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their spinal misalignments and degenerative conditions themselves.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Dirks will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and x-rays, Dr. Dirks will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Our Chiropractors will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
Chiropractic treatment at our office may include: spinal adjustments / manipulation, physiological modalities such as moist hot packs - ice packs - electrical muscle stimulation, spinolator traction / vibration tables, TENS unit, active physical exercises and soft tissue therapy. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Prior to leaving, the doctor may suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our wellness team will work with you also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.