WHAT TO EXPECT
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully.
Read further to explore the steps of this process.
YOUR FIRST VISIT
A step by step look at what will be done
at your first visit
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. For your convenienece, you may download and print our online forms and fill them out at home. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. David Paschket to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Paschket to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, a computer assisted spinal examination will be performed with three different diagnostic computers, that will test your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take X-rays as well. X-rays help us determine the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Paschket will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
How can you help me?
How often do I need to come in?
What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, your health goals, and examining your spine and X-rays, Dr. Paschket will discuss his recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Dr. Paschket will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
At the conclusion of your second appointment, you may experience your first spinal correction. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our wellness team will also work with you to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, and therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, to have a healthy diet, to exercise, and to maintain a positive mental state.
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to help you feel better.. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for four to twelve weeks, depending on the severity of your problem.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms are known to only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care. If all that the chiropractor does is reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
During the correction phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches, either at the center or at home, to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition, and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
Once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and that your body stays in optimal condition. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.
Ways to pay for your chiropractic care
Paschket Chiropractic Clinic believes in the value of wellness care for you and your family, so we have maintained a pricing structure that allows care for all budgets. Our office participates in select insurance programs; we also accept auto accident and workers compensation cases. For patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage, flexible payment programs can be arranged. To learn more about our payment options for chiropractic and wellness care, you can call our office directly.
The insurance we accept includes Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Commercial McLaren Health Advantage, Commercial McLaren Health Plan.
We do not participate in Blue Care Network or any Medicaids.
We accept auto accident, workers compensation, personal injury, including Medicare. Since there are so many plans and coverage varies widely, please call us to find out if your plan covers care in our office. Our staff will verify and explain your benefits before treatment, at no charge.
For patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage, flexible payment programs can be arranged. If you have no insurance or do not have chiropractic benefits there is still a way for you to receive the care you need. Many patients pay directly for care, as they discover chiropractic options to be extremely cost-effective and affordable.
Our focus at Paschket Chiropractic Clinic is to actively help you and your family in taking responsibility for your health, wellness, and disease management. We assist and guide you to take the time to care for the important people in your world: you and your family. In an effort to make living the wellness lifestyle as easy and affordable as possible, we can create a customized family plan that is specific to you and your family's needs.
Health on a Budget
At Paschket Chiropractic Clinic we're convinced that a small amount of your time and money to care for your most important asset, your health, will be far less time consuming and expensive than trying to recover it. If you feel you do not have enough time or money to take care of yourself, please contact us. We can help! The last thing we want is for you to come to our wellness center in crisis. So please, we would like to encourage you to take your health very seriously. As the old saying goes, if you don't have your health, you don't have anything. Unfortunately, too many people don't discover how true that statement is until it is too late.