If you’re a first-time visitor at Utah Spinal Care, Welcome! We look forward to assisting you on your journey in health and wellness! From the time you arrive at our Sandy, UT chiropractic office on your first visit to the last appointment you need, Utah Spinal Care promises to serve you well and provide the best treatment for your health.
During your first consultation with the doctor, you’ll discuss any health-related issues and concerns. You can get answers to any questions you have about treatment, conditions, office policies, and more.
History and examination
In order to pinpoint the problem, the doctor will ask you a number of questions related to your condition. A variety of targeted tests will be performed to determine which tissues are affected and to what extent.
Your specific condition may require us to take x-rays to either rule out more serious conditions or assist us in assessing the most effective treatment plan for you. Our Sandy, UT chiropractic office will take, develop, and review your x-rays to create a better understanding of your body and conditions as a whole.
Occasionally, if contraindications are ruled out and significant reasons present an intial treatment may be performed during the first visit. If this occurs expect extra time for the appt as this may include spinal adjustments and other physical therapies. Patients will generally not begin treatment on their first visit. This gives the doctor adequate time to review examination and x-rays findings to make a proper diagnosis and present the findings to you in a complete and understandable manor.
Before leaving, you will be given instructions on certain activities or procedures to be conducted at home. This may include ice or heat applications, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises.
Scheduling the next appointment
Regular treatment is essential to the process. We work our treatments around your schedule. Generally speaking, patients are seen within 1-2 days of their initial visit and are provided with a complete review of findings. Treatment options for your condition will also be discussed at this time.
Phases of Your Care
The first phase is the Acute Phase of Care.
In this phase our goal is to reduce symptoms, such as pain. Most people feel that if they aren’t in pain they are healthy. Pain as discussed before is a lousy indicator of health. For example a cavity in your tooth doesn’t become painful until after it gets to the root, but everyone knows that the cavity was there long before that. With cancer you always hear about early diagnosis and treatment long before symptoms being the best way to treat the disease.
When you start chiropractic care because of pain you have been unhealthy for a while. Pain is the first thing to go away, but you are often far from healthy and much of the problem still remains even though you are feeling fine. This is often when insurance companies will try to stop paying for care, but if you do the chance of recurring injury is significant.
This phase of care can last from 2 weeks to 2 months.
The second phase is the Corrective Phase of Care.
In order to prevent or reduce the risk of recurring injury you need to continue treatment until the problem has been corrected and your body has been strengthened. This is often long after your symptoms are gone. You won’t need to receive adjustments as often in the corrective phase, and depending on your condition you may begin exercises and other home care to strengthen your body and provide accelerated healing.
There may be occasional symptom flare-ups in this stage of care. Like a bruise in this phase it doesn’t hurt unless you poke it and then it reminds you in no uncertain terms that yes it is still there. Your body has not quite finished the healing process. Imagine a scrape.
The pain is gone in hours but the scab remains for weeks, still a reminder that your body isn’t done healing.
This phase of care can last a few months to years in extreme cases.
The third phase of care is Wellness Care.
Just like getting six-pack abs it takes a lot of effort to get them. Maintaining them takes much less effort but must be done or they disappear a lot quicker than the time it took to get them. Regular chiropractic care can help keep your body at it’s best and catch problems early.
When you make the effort to be healthy you are not reactionary, but proactive. You will be able to avoid many of the problems that affect people. This does not mean that you will never have health problems or injuries, but it does allow you to live your life as full as you are possibly able. You can live life to the fullest and enjoy more of the activities that you love.