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.
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.
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.
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.
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.