One of the most annoying parts of my profession is that you can walk into ten different chiropractic offices and get ten different opinions and treatment options. Essentially there isn’t a set standard of care. Think of it this way, you go into your primary care physician for your yearly checkup, they run some blood work and find out that your cholesterol is high. They recommend diet changes and put you on a prescription. A year later, you move across the country and find a new primary care physician. They run the same blood work and get the same results. The physician recommends diet changes and puts you on a similar prescription to help lower your cholesterol. Two physicians, thousands of miles apart, provide you with the same standard of care. This unfortunately does not occur yet in the chiropractic world. This is why I wanted to take the time to explain what my standard of care is.
Every new patient begins their care at Elevate Sport and Spine Center by filling out our new patient intake forms. These forms are over four pages long and while I understand it’s boring to fill out it provides myself with a lot of information. Patients generally provide 95% of the information needed to make a diagnosis which is why we ask over a hundred questions on our intake forms. This also helps myself get a better understanding of the current lifestyle, past medical history, and overall health of my patients. After discussing with the patient their current health issues and what brought them into my office I really get to work. I start with a comprehensive neurological exam, orthopedic evaluation, functional movement screen, range of motion, manual muscle testing, and a complete musculoskeletal exam. At the end of my evaluation, I’ll explain my findings with the patient and help them relate what’s going on to their daily life. If I feel that imaging is necessary, I’ll refer out to our local imaging center or refer them to the appropriate medical provider.
If chiropractic care is medically necessary and appropriate, I start my treatment. Every patient will then receive some manual therapy. This can include instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation, deep tissue myofascial release, cupping, vibration massage therapy, or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching. This will last between 20-30 minutes. Then, if appropriate, mechanical traction will be done as well. Finally, if any spinal or extremity adjustments are necessary, I’ll perform those last. Now that my treatment session is complete, I then move onto the rehabilitative session of the visit. I’ll work one-on-one with my patient and demonstrate corrective exercises to help them stay out of pain and retrain the “faulty” movement patterns. I then send them home with a few corrective exercises because I can’t stress enough, what patients do outside of my office is more important than what we do inside my office! When their first visit is complete, which lasts around one hour, I’ll recommend a treatment plan that is right for them. Everyone gets their own customized treatment plan.
In summary, every patient can expect the high-quality standard of care mentioned above. First visits will last one hour and follow up visits will be 30 minutes! There isn’t any cookie-cutter treatment plans, contracts, or unnecessary x-rays. My goal is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible or help you maintain your active lifestyle pain free! This is the standard of care I set for my patients in the Fort Collins area. If you’re wanting to ELEVATE your health in the Fort Collins area, I may be the chiropractor that can help.
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