How Horn Family Chiropractic Can Help You
Perhaps the biggest challenge in obtaining optimal health is not taking immediate action when the symptoms first appear. There are many reasons why we may put off taking action. Maybe you thought it was just a sore muscle. Maybe you thought the pain would go away in a few days. Maybe you hate the thought of going to a doctor’s office. Whether you are dealing with a neck or low back injury that occurred yesterday, or if you have been experiencing chronic migraine headaches for several years, it is time to reclaim your life and take control of your overall wellbeing. Whatever the reason that is keeping you from optimal health, Horn Family Chiropractic is here to help.
What to Expect On Your First Visit
Upon entering our office, one of our team members will greet you by name and welcome you as a part of our family. We will do our best to address any concerns you may have about the process. At Horn Family Chiropractic, we strive to help you feel comfortable in a relaxing environment and educate you on how to reach your highest health potential. We encourage you to save 15 minutes by completing your new patient paperwork ahead of time. (That can be located in the New Patient Center portion of our website.) If not, please arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment to allow time for those intake forms to be completed. This paperwork helps to provide our team with your health history and information about your condition. Once the initial forms have been completed, the doctors will review them and begin your initial consultation. The purpose of your initial consultation is to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and your potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for our doctors to learn more about you, your condition, your expectations, and to determine how our chiropractic care can meet your health goals. If you are not a candidate for Chiropractic care in our office, we will refer you to a health care provider that we believe will better be able to serve your health care needs.
After reviewing your information and health history with you, one of our doctors will perform a complete chiropractic examination evaluating your reflexes, range of motion, posture and standard neurological and orthopedic testing. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent. The physical exam portion of your visit will help our doctors identify the CAUSE of your problem.
After thoroughly reviewing your history and physical exam findings and before any adjustment will be delivered, the doctor will take digital x-rays which help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and they alert us of any serious spinal conditions or anomalies that may require special attention or modifications. IT IS OUR OFFICE POLICY TO TAKE X-RAYS OR OBTAIN ANY RECENT X-RAYS BEFORE ONE OF OUR DOCTORS WILL ADJUST YOU. This is for your safety and to ensure that nothing is missed in determining the best course of your care. Most people are amazed once they see their x-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves. If you have had x-rays or imaging within the last 3 months and have not sustained any new trauma, please bring those reports and x-ray films with you to this visit. At the doctor’s discretion, they will determine if any additional imaging is needed.
Our team of doctors will then review your health history, examination and X-ray findings, and any additional results from diagnostic tests that you bring in, so that we can give you our best recommendation to get rid of the symptoms, but more importantly to address the cause of those symptoms in order to help you get healthy and stay healthy for the rest of your life. At the conclusion of this initial visit, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Prior to leaving the office, the doctor will make some simple suggestions for you to use at home such as ice or heat application, certain activities or positions to avoid, and simple stretches.
Your Second Visit
One of our doctors will spend about 30 minutes reviewing your health history and exam findings with you. We recommend that you bring your spouse or significant other with you to this visit in order to help support you in any health related decisions you need to make. The doctor will go over the following information with you:
- Review your x-rays
- Discuss where your health is currently at and how chiropractic can help you achieve your health goals
- Provide a treatment plan recommendation based on your own specific individual needs to address correcting the cause of your symptoms
- Discuss the most cost-effective way for you to heal
We believe that health is amongst our most valuable possessions. While we generally meet people after they have a decline in their health, our commitment is three-fold.
Relief Care, Corrective Care or Wellness Care… it’s your choice.
1. Relief Care
Many people seek care in our practice and have one goal: Relief. So that’s where we start! During this initial stage of intensive care, we have several obligations:
- Uncover the underlying cause of the health problem
- Suggest treatment options to produce the fastest results possible
- Offer ways patients can participate in their recovery
- Explain the value of post-symptomatic wellness care
2. Corrective Care
We specialize in “structural correction chiropractic.” It is our job to correct the long-term devastating effects of spinal misalignments and degeneration. Corrective care doctors want their patients to “feel” better, but our main goal is to re-store spinal alignment to optimal position. Corrective Care seeks to achieve long-term stability, so that you can enjoy the benefit of a stable spine and a properly functioning neuromusculoskeletal system.
3. Wellness Care
We’re committed to teaching our patients that true health is a journey, not a destination. Through educational opportunities (like this website), we hope to communicate the value of ongoing chiropractic care. Our desire is to see our practice members abandon the prevailing sickness care model of health (waiting for symptoms and then taking action), in favor of the emerging Preventative/Wellness model.
You’re in Charge!
Please understand that we are here to help you reach the highest level of health possible. You’re the boss! It’s your body, your health and your future. Our job is to offer you the finest chiropractic care possible, make appropriate recommendations and work together to achieve your goals.
Take the first step towards relief by calling our office today and making an appointment to discuss your health goals.