New Patient Paperwork
About Your First Visit
During this visit you and I will meet for the first time and determine the direction of your future chiropractic care. Please plan on one and a half to two hours for this appointment. Also, please bring any pertinent films or test results with you. This will prevent you from having the tests repeated or from delaying treatment while we wait for the films or results to arrive at our office.
Unfortunately, all doctor’s appointments begin with paperwork. It is important that we know who you are, your health history, and a detailed account of what has brought you to our office. This paperwork is available on the New Patient Paperwork page of this website. You can electronically submit it, print it, or just fill it out the old fashioned way in our office. We want you to choose the option that is best for you. Then it is important that we share information with you, such as possible side-effects of treatment, our expectations for payment, and how we handle your private health information, as outlined in HIPPA. Currently we have all of this paperwork in our office so you do not have to print it at home. Most of these forms require that you read them and sign them.
Once you have completed your paperwork, we will go over your current condition and health history with you. This makes sure that we have all the information we need to give you the best care possible.
I will perform a thorough head-to-toe examination based on your complaints, health history, and goals for treatment. This exam will include neurologic, orthopedic, postural, reflex, and physical tests. I will go over everything that I am doing as I am doing it and will make sure you understand the reason for and results of each test.
If I need x-rays to help rule out possible causes of your current complaint or to help determine appropriate treatment recommendations, we will discuss it before I take them. X-rays provide an amazing picture of what is going on with your bones and other tissue structures. Because you are exposed to a small amount of radiation, I only take them if they are absolutely necessary.
Once I have all the necessary information, I will sit down with you and go over all your results. Together, we will come up with a treatment plan that is best suited for your medical needs, lifestyle, and treatment goals. Although we may not fully know how you will react to treatment until we start, you will have a good idea whether chiropractic can help you and how much treatment it will take to get you where you want to be. If you need a referral to another type of provider, I will go over this as well and provide some names.
Once a treatment plan is in place and all needed information has been obtained, I will be able to begin treatment. This will usually be during your first visit. Your initial visit may include chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, therapies, and/or soft tissue work.
Your Role – If you are able to do anything at home to improve your condition and speed up your care, I will send you home with the information. This could include simply using ice or heat, using natural supplements, stretches, exercises, or lifestyle changes.
Your Role In Treatment
Not all of my patients run marathons or compete at professional levels. Most of my patients are everyday people that want to be active and pain-free. My role is advisor. You tell me where you want to go and I will help you get there.
During your treatment I will make recommendations. This may include treatment frequency, therapies, home activities that can accelerate your care, such as exercise or stretching, vitamins or supplements that may help you heal, dietary changes, and activities to avoid that may be aggravating your condition, such as poor posture at work. This being said, I realize that we live in the real world and some things cannot be avoided or done. I understand that finances get in the way and sometimes, as humans, we just like doing things that are bad for us. You and I will discuss my recommendations and together we will come up with a realistic treatment plan that will work for you.
Stages of Care
How you respond to your treatment depends on how severe your injury is, how long you waited before seeking care, whether you were coming in for regular chiropractic check-ups, how complicated your health history is, how good your overall health is, and what genes your parents were kind enough to give you. I am able to give you a good estimate after your initial exam, however, sometimes we find out once we begin your treatment plan. I check you at each appointment not only to see what needs to be treated that day, but also to gauge how you are responding to your treatment plan. This way I am able to immediately make needed changes. I have found that all patients go through the same stages during recovery, just at different speeds.
Our office participates in most insurance programs. We also accept auto accident and workers compensation cases. For patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage, flexible payment programs can be arranged. To learn more about our payment options for chiropractic and wellness care, you can call our office directly.
Most insurance plans are accepted at our office. We accept auto accident, workers compensation, personal injury and most health insurance plans, including Medicare. Since there are so many plans and coverage varies widely, please call us to find out if your plan covers care in our office. Our staff will verify and explain your benefits before treatment, at no charge.
For patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage, flexible payment programs can be arranged. If you have no insurance or do not have chiropractic benefits there is still a way for you to receive the care you need. Many patients pay directly for care, as they discover chiropractic to be extremely cost-effective and affordable.
Our focus at Governor’s Park Chiropractic is to actively help you and your family in taking responsibility for your health, wellness, and disease management. We assist and guide you to take the time to care for the important people in your world: you and your family. In an effort to make living the wellness lifestyle as easy and affordable as possible, we can create a customized family plan that is specific to you and your family.
At Governor’s Park Chiropractic we’re convinced that a small amount of your time and money to care for your most important asset–your health–will be far less time consuming and expensive than trying to recover it. If you feel you do not have enough time or money to take care of yourself, please contact us–we can help! The last thing we want is for you to come to our wellness center in crisis. So please, we would like to encourage you to take your health very seriously. As the old saying goes, if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. Unfortunately, too many people don’t discover how true that statement is until it is too late.