1) Set aside AT LEAST 60 MINS for your first visit.
2) Arrive AT LEAST 10 MINS EARLIER before your appointment to fill paperwork.
3) Future visits typically last 15 to 30 minutes and is affected by the type of treatment you require.
4) If you are unsure whether to start your care with physiotherapy, chiropractic or chiropody, please send us an E-mail or give us a call. Our staff members are well-trained to inform you which care is most appropriate for you!
It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for you as possible. We want you to enjoy getting to know our practitioners and team, and be comfortable at all times. After completing your initial patient questionnaire, you will be greeted by your practitioner. A medical history will be performed where the clinician may ask you about the following:
- description of your present condition
- steps you have taken to manage your condition
- personal and family medical history
- major illnesses in the past
- prescription or over the counter medications
- diet and exercise routine, your sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, and home life
- herbal remedies and other supplements
If you are seeing your practitioner for the first time, he/she may ask you to wear a medical gown in order to perform a physical examination. If he/she is a chiropractor or physiotherapist, he/she may:
- check your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing
- test your reflexes, strength, and sensations
- assess your posture and screen the painful area
- x-ray your spine (if needed)
- analyze your movement - he/she will observe how you walk, turn, bend or lift things, as well as how your body moves in the affected area
- evaluation of how well your spine moves, identifying restrictions and areas of improper motion
- perform certain orthopedic and neurological tests
If he/she is a chiropodist, he/she may:
- examine and observe your feet and ankle
- examine your feet and ankles' normal range of motion
- examine how your feet and ankles' behavior affect your entire body
- check your walking patterns
- check the circulation of your feet
- check your feet's sensation
These assessments give your supervising practitioner a better picture of your complete health. He or she will make a diagnosis, prescribe a course of treatment, and once the matter of informed consent has been discussed, treatment may begin. If your chiropractor, chiropodist, or physiotherapist diagnose a condition that can be more appropriately treated by another health care professional, he or she will make a referral. Your treatment from your practitioner, regardless of the stage of care, will often include exercise, lifestyle changes, and other healthy living suggestions.
- To make the most out of your initial appointment, we recommend that you download the initial form (chiropractic or physiotherapy) which can be found in the Download Forms section on our website. Print it, complete it and bring it with you on your first appointment.
- If you are seeing our chiropodist, just come to the office to fill out the form in person.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
- Bring a copy of any X-rays or MRI/CT/ reports you may have
- If you are involved in a car accident, bring all the paperwork that your car insurance company provided you with. Bring also the policy and claim numbers, as well as the name and contact of your car insurance's representative.
- Take your time to discuss with your practitioner the treatment plan that’s best for you.