What to expect on your first visit.
When you arrive at the clinic for your Initial Consultation, we will ask you to fill out a confidential new patient information form. This will ask you various questions including basic information like your full name, address and date of birth. Then it asks you about your medical history, operations you’ve had, any accidents you have been involved in and what the main problems are that you would like us to address.
If you are covered by a health insurance policy and intend to claim for your treatment, please ensure that you provide us with the details at the time of your first visit. Some policies require you to pay and claim back from the insurance company, while others allow us to invoice them directly. We are happy to use either method.
Once you have completed the form, your chiropractor will discuss the information with you before carrying out your examination. The examination involves a detailed look at your muscle, joint and nerve function as well as posture. It may also include a health assessment to check things like your blood pressure. Your chiropractor may feel that it is necessary to take x-rays of any problem areas before being able to decide on the best options for your treatment. If this is the case, x-rays would normally be taken locally in a private clinic (which charge £40 for this service) in Weston-super-Mare, often the same day. This allows us rapid return of your films, so that you do not have to wait for weeks, and so that your chiropractor can take you through his/her findings within a day or two.
Whether or not you are treated on your first visit depends on the complexity of your problem, how long your examination takes and whether x-rays are needed.
There is no need to worry about what to wear for the examination. During treatment sessions, there is normally no need to change if you prefer not to. You can wear your normal clothes or we will give you a patient gown to change into.
Report of Findings
After the Initial Consultation, we will discuss what we call a “Report of Findings”. This may be the same day, if the case is straightforward.
If X-rays or further tests are needed, or if your problem is more complex, this may be a day or two later. During this session, your chiropractor will explain your condition to you in detail and, if you didn’t start treatment in your first visit, you can start at this stage.
Before you commit to starting treatment, your chiropractor will always tell you what he thinks he can do for you and what that means in terms of treatment. That way, you will know what the
costs and timescales are likely to be and avoid any surprises.
We want to make sure that you are fully informed about your condition and treatment, and we really encourage you to ask any questions you have at any stage during your treatment.