Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our simple patient forms located in the New Patient Center.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Stear to discuss your health history including problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Stear to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how our office can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr.Stear will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your spinal segmental mobility, strength, nerve testing, and flexibility. When warranted, other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take x-rays as well. 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. Patients will be able to easily identify their subluxations (spinal cavities) themselves.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr.Stear will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
- Can you help me?
- What's wrong?
- 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.Stear will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Dr.Stear will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
Following the reports of findings, you may choose to begin care. Care is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Following the completion of initial care, the focus of care changes from "how do I make my spine healthy" to "how do I keep my spine healthy." Care frequency to keep your spine well is determined by:
- How much pre-existing degenerative changes have been seen on your x-rays.
- How well initial rehabilitation was completed.
- How well the patient takes care of their spine at home.