Welcome to our new patient portal with info for first time visitors
What to Expect as a New Patient:
We start with understanding your concerns by discussing your current condition, history, and goals as well as answering any questions you may have.
As with most visits to a doctor we need to review your medical history to get an accurate picture of your health, this includes any past or present illnesses, surgeries, medications, recent changes in your medications, and family history.
After a physical exam we will decide if further testing or imaging is needed. After reviewing the results of our conversation and exam we will discuss the findings and develop a plan of action that will begin when we have answered any remaining questions and you are ready to move forward.
We recognize that even though you may be diagnosed with the same condition as another patient at our clinic you may respond differently. With this in mind we tailor your treatment plan to you and make adjustments as you progress. If you respond better to treatment than we expect we will modify the treatment plan to end sooner.
In general we use a three phase treatment model:
If you are in pain when you come into our clinic, the first objective is to help you feel better. Reducing your pain, while increasing mobility is our initial focus during this phase. If your problem is spine related this will most likely include chiropractic adjustments along with other therapies such as K-tape as indicated by the exam and tests.
Most back injuries occur with an associated faulty movement pattern. During this phase we work mainly on rehabilitative exercises that help stabilize the body and also retrain the movement patterns to help avoid future injuries.
After correcting the problems that led to the initial injury, we want to strengthen the body and reinforce the new patterns of movement by putting the body under load. This phase is focused on keeping your body ready to handle future injuries with less impact or down time. Some patients like to come in for semi-regular wellness care, depending on many factors such as exercise/activity level, diet, and occupation “tune-up” visits may be once every 1-6 months similar to how you may go to a dentist for a checkup and cleaning a few times a year.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Usually when a person “pops” their own back, they’re getting the spinal segments that are easily moved to cavitate. After repeatedly moving the same joint in the same direction this can cause it to move too much or become hypermobile. Instinctively this causes the adjacent joints to stiffen up and become hypomobile. These stiff joints can be uncomfortable and feel the need to be moved or “popped” but you’re more likely to repeatedly move the joint that already moves too much making the overall problem worse. If you feel the need to pop your joints then isometric exercises will most likely be helpful.
Absolutely NOT true. Some conditions may take a little longer to heal but most can be greatly improved within a few visits. We would be happy for you to stop in anytime and say hello but our goal is for you to not need to come in. Some people choose (not required) to have semi-regular care (a visit every 1-6 months) even if there’s nothing wrong just because they notice that they feel better with regular “tune-ups”.
The need for imaging is determined during the exam, generally if you have been in a serious accident such as an automotive or a fall with impact to the head or neck imaging will be needed to make sure we can safely treat the injury. We only require x-rays or other imaging when medically necessary. We do not require x-rays on every patient.
No. In Minnesota, Chiropractors are primary care physicians and you do not need a referral or pre-approval to make an office visit.
Remarkably safe. Let’s put it into perspective using chiropractic adjustments to the neck, since that is usually a source of worry for most new patients. The odds of an adverse event following an adjustment to the neck is 1 in 2 million or .0000005%. How small of a risk is that? Comparatively, you’re 800,000 times more likely to be seriously harmed by taking an NSAID (like ibuprofen) than by an adjustment. Since no procedure or therapy is 100% risk free we take our time to determine if you might be one of the small part of the population that are at a higher risk of injury from being adjusted. If you have osteoporosis, certain genetic disorders, or connective tissue disorders treatment techniques may need to be looked at. We are happy to explain risks versus benefits of any therapy we provide.
Inside your joint capsule is a fluid. When the capsule is stretched, the area of the liquid expands creating a small nitrogen bubble that then collapses creating a sound and the feeling of a pop. This is called a cavitation. It’s just a side effect of the adjustment and doesn’t indicate whether or not the adjustment was good or if it worked; some people don’t cavitate at all.
Paperwork will be followed by a comprehensive history and a thorough physical exam. At this point, imaging may be taken or lab work may be ordered. If no contraindications are found, treatment may begin the same day. Plan for a couple of hours from start to finish for the first appointment; follow-up visits are shorter 20-45mins.
Not if you don’t want me to. I use a variety of effective techniques to accommodate most preferences.
The first appointment can be anywhere from 1-2 hours from start to finish. This includes the intake, exam, report of findings, and treatment. Subsequent visits can be anywhere between 20-45 minutes depending on the complexity of your problem. I appreciate that people have busy lives so I try to make the experience as efficient as possible.
This largely depends on what we are fixing. Someone with headaches related to posture may only need to be seen a few times where as someone that has been in a serious accident may take a few months to recover. Our goal is to get you better as quickly and safely as possible.
We recognize healthcare costs are expensive so we do our best to keep costs down. We don’t require patients to purchase expensive equipment or supplements. The cost of the typical visit to the patient varies with insurance plan but generous self-pay discounts are offered to those without insurance. I take all the patient’s needs – and limitations – into consideration when I create a treatment strategy. I promise to offer the most affordable care I can without sacrificing quality or safety.
No although chiropractors are known for treating the back and neck we can treat other areas of the body. From your big toe to your diet, we can help you with many conditions inside and out. One of my favorite areas to work with is shoulders for example. While we focus on joints and muscles, the bigger picture is how you move which has many factors from diet and exercise to how you sleep.
Soreness can happen after a treatment usually this is less than the pain that brought you in to the clinic in the first place. When an area of the body has lost mobility muscles in that area can become deactivated over time. Once mobility is regained those same muscles have to start working again this can cause soreness similar to when working out at the gym for the first time. Working through discomfort can be helpful working through the pain is something different, make sure to communicate how your body feels during the rehab process to your doctor.
Yes this is a very important part of the rehab process! There are many exercises out there that will help strengthen your muscles to not only get you back on the right path but to help protect you from future injury.
This will vary depending on the a few factors such as amount of pain, how long you have been dealing with the condition, your occupation, and your level of activity. Our goal is to get you back on the right path and not need to rely on us to do your day to day activities. Never hesitate to talk to us about what we see as a good plan for your treatment and recovery. For most patients with non-complicated back pain we should have you well on the way to recovery within 4 to 8 office visits.