Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient intake forms. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition. We usually ask that our patients come 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment, to allow enough time to fill out each form.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Bryan Baetens or Dr. Carol Wood-Zanchetta to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for the doctors to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Baetens or Dr. Wood will request that one of our trained staff members perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. 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 also take X-rays. 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 misalignments and degeneration themselves. Dr. Baetens or Dr. Wood carefully review your x-rays to determine the best course of treatment for your first visit.
At the initial appointment, the doctors will discuss with you the best course of care and you can experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected, examinations are performed, and your first treatment has been given, Dr. Baetens or Dr. Wood will plan a second visit or Report of Findings Visit where they 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. Baetens and Dr. Wood will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. The doctors and our office staff will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs. Please feel free to bring a friend or family member with you to this important appointment!
Prior to leaving, the doctor will 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. 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.