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What to Expect

What you should expect on the first visit

 

Brief Paperwork

Upon entering the office, we have some brief paperwork for you to  fill out. The paperwork provides us with general information about  yourself and your health and medical history. You can down load these forms from the  "Online Forms" page. Please bring any insurance cards or claims  information with you so we can make sure the correct paperwork is  completed and filed on your behalf. If you were injured on the job we  have the necessary forms to file most claims. If your employer is self  insured, you will need to begin the paperwork with them and bring it to  our office. 

Consultation and History

Once in the exam room Dr. Hammer will talk with you and ask some specific questions about your symptoms. When did they  start, what caused it? What other doctors have you seen, what other  treatment have you had? What makes it better, what makes it worse? How  has it affected your daily activities, work or recreation? These issues  help us understand the nature of your injury or condition and direct the  type of examination we should do.

Examination & X-rays

Dr. Hammer will do a thorough examination. A number of chiropractic,  orthopedic or neurologic tests will be performed to determine if your symptoms are coming from bones,  joints, muscles, ligaments, irritated or pinched nerves or a  combination of those? If necessary, Dr. Hammer may take x-rays for additional information in determining your condition.

Same Day Treatment

Once finished with the examination and all appropriate studies,  patients will be provided with their first treatment  during this same visit. This may include spinal adjustments and/or soft  tissue therapies.

Home Instructions

Prior to leaving, patients will be given instructions on certain  activities or procedures to be conducted at home. This may include ice  or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or  positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches.