1. For your first visit to the office you will meet with Dr. Park in a comfortable exam room. The doctor will discuss any health issues that you have and whatever ailment(s) that brought you in. He will take a detailed medical history to help determine if yours is a chiropractic case. (During this time it is encouraged to ask many questions and become involved)
2. Next, you will have a complete examination that will include special tests. These tests help determine where your problem areas might be and how the doctor will address them. Some of these tests include: static palpation, which is simply feeling the bones in your spine for tenderness, swelling and other abnormalities; the use of instrumentation, which involves running a Nervo- scope down your spine to locate areas of swelling. The nervoscope feels like two fingers gliding down your spine. It detects heat, which is an indication of swelling. These tests, in addition to others, help the doctor determine if yours is a chiropractic case.
3. Then, if necessary, full spine (standing) x- rays will be taken. X-rays are taken for several reasons. These include:
a. To determine the condition of the discs (the cushions between the vertebrae in your spine)
b. To determine the phases of degeneration
c. To locate potential problem areas, misalignments
d. To rule out other diseases.
(An X-ray is a useful diagnostic tool that helps the doctor directly see the potential problem areas.)
These are the three easy steps involved in a Chiropractic examination. The examination is thorough yet not overwhelming. This process helps build a bridge of communication between doctor and patient that will lead to a better overall health care experience.