Upon entering our office our receptionist will greet you and welcome you as a member of our family. We will request you fill our patient forms located in the New Patient Center. The paperwork provides us with general information about yourself and your condition.
Next you will have a consultation with Dr. Richard R. Latimer to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential treatment options. Your first visit is designed for Dr. Richard R. Latimer to learn more about you, your condition and your expectations to determine whether chiropractic care will you meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Richard R. Latimer will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend as well as other standard neurologic, orthopedic, postural, and physical examinations. Nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Usually x-rays are not required to begin your treatment program. However, after Dr. Latimer performs your consultation and examination and feels that your condition requires x-rays, we will request x-rays or MRI's from your previous physicians, or refer you for new x-ray studies. Initial x-rays are required in less than 10% of the new patients that come to our office.
Report of Findings
Once all the information and examinations have been performed, Dr. Richard R. Latimer will give you a report of findings to answer the three most popular questions:
- Can you help me?
- What do you recommend that I do to get better?
- How much is it going to cost?
After discussing with you your history and your goals, examining your spine and reviewing any x-rays or tests, Dr. Richard R. Latimer will discuss recommendations with you. If you have a condition that requires care with other providers, the doctor will tell you. If Dr. Richard R. Latimer believes we can help you, we will recommend treatment and a wellness program.
Patients will generally be provided with their first treatment at the conclusion of the initial consultation and examination. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapies, and/or soft tissue therapies. Treatment is interactive with you so you can express any concerns you have about the style of adjustment you will be most comfortable with.
Prior to leaving, patients will be instructed on a wellness program to be conducted at home. If you are in pain when you first come intor our office this may include ice or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire an overall wellness lifestyle, our wellness team will work with you to create good habits and routines that support your success. Every body is unique and different and therefore everone requires a unique and customized wellness plan. The foundation of our overall wellness lifestyle is maintaining healthy posture and good spinal alignment, eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, keeping your weight under control and stress relief.