Your First Visit to RHSC
Welcome to Rochester Hills Spine Care!
Upon walking through our door, you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff members at the front desk, who will welcome you to our office. She will then make a copy of your driver’s license and insurance card (if applicable). While you are in your consultation, your coverage and benefits will be confirmed. The paperwork is brief and should only take a few minutes. Your consultation will include a thorough examination by the chiropractor, addressing the following:
- Patient history
- Physical examination
- Diagnostic studies (when indicated)
- Diagnosis and chiropractic treatment plan
You may also be asked to provide family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments. To properly diagnose your problem and design a treatment program, your doctor of chiropractic may need to know about any of the following:
- Bone disorders such as osteoporosis
- Implants like pacemakers, artificial joints, cosmetic implants, etc.
- Circulatory Problems
- Dizziness or blurred vision
- Heart conditions such as hypertension
- Injuries, such as bone fractures, muscle sprains/strains, or disc injuries
- Joint disorders such as arthritis
- Any current health condition for which you are receiving care from another health care practicioner.
When applicable, please bring with you any copies of previous tests (MRI, X-ray), lab results, and a list of any medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbs, teas, and homeopathic and/or neuropathic substances.
Following this portion of the exam, the doctor will also conduct a physical examination to develop a working diagnosis. Your chiropractor will conduct a series of orthopedic and neurological tests in order to assess your:
- Range of motion
- Muscle tone
- Muscle strength
- Neurological integrity
The Rochester Hills Spine Care office has its own X-ray equipment. When needed, your chiropractor will take the necessary films in order to help diagnose conditions more accurately. The combination of the history, examination, and diagnostic studies will allow your chiropractor to reach a specific diagnosis, which will help the doctor to determine whether your condition or pain may respond to chiropractic care. During your second appointment, the report of findings, the chiropractor will review your x-rays with you and explain the findings and appropriate care plan in detail.
Your chiropractor will then explain your diagnosis and appropriate chiropractic treatment plan, including duration of care. The examination may reveal that your condition may be more appropriately treated by another health care professional, in which case, the chiropractor will provide you with the proper referral. Your treatment plan may also involve collaborative care with other health care providers, such as your primary care physician, a physical therapist, or a neurologist. In many cases, such as those involving low back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary treatment method. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may compliment or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal problems associated with the condition.