Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our new patient forms and submit basic identification information. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition. We offer our paperwork online so you can complete it at home.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Hansen or Dr. Ruppert to discuss your health-related problems and concerns. Since no two patients present the exact same experiences, a thorough case study is obtained by the doctor to cover important events of your past as they relate to your current level of health.
This initial visit is designed for Dr. Hansen or Dr. Ruppert to learn more about you and your condition. This information is then used to determine what types of evaluation procedures would best direct her in finding the cause of your condition.
After your consultation, the doctor will perform a complete chiropractic examination. She will check your posture, your ability to bend and move, test muscle strength and reflexes and perform other chiropractic, orthopedic and neurological testing specific to your condition. The examination is designed to help the Dr. Hansen and Dr. Ruppert locate the cause of your problem, rule out potential problems and determine the need for any diagnostic imaging that may be necessary.
Depending on your condition x-rays may be taken as well. X-rays are a “blue-print” of your spine and help the doctor determine the most effective treatment plan. They also help Dr. Hansen and Dr. Ruppert provide specific care tailored to your body. Some of the important findings on x-rays include improper curvatures and degeneration.
On your next visit the doctor will describe in detail the findings from your exam and x-rays in a Report of Findings. Typically you will not be adjusted on the first day because she needs time to thoroughly and accurately review your case history and x-rays to determine the type of adjustment your body needs as well as the frequency of your care. There are certain situations that warrant an adjustment or some sort of pain reduction management on day one and those situations will be handled accordingly.