What To Expect

What To Expect At The Chiropractor::..

Some patients are a little nervous when going to the chiropractor for the first time. It’s ok—its nerve wracking to go to any doctor! But trust us when we say, we will do everything to make you feel comfortable and at home at LCC. Our team makes a point to walk you through every stage of your care. On your first visit you can expect:

A thorough history – this is your time for the doctor to get to know you, what is going on in your body, and your medical history.

An examination – this typically includes range of motion, orthopedic, and neurological examinations. Depending on your pain level, you may experience a little discomfort. Keep in mind, we are trying to pinpoint your pain and the cause of it.

X-Rays – of the area that is bothering you. Our x-rays are digital and in-house so you don’t have to go to an imaging facility unless your doctor orders an MRI or CT. If you are one of our many pregnant patients, you will not receive x-rays as part of your care.

Therapies – depending on your condition will determine which therapies are performed. Therapies are done to help correct muscle imbalances, and decrease pain/inflammation. We have the following therapies available:

Rehabilitation Exercises: Don’t get scared just yet. Rehabilitation consists of exercises and movements that strengthen your muscles so that your body can keep up with your day-to-day activities.

Electrotherapy: This promotes healing while decreasing pain and inflammation in your body. It also helps hypertonic muscles to chill out and relax.

Therapeutic Ultrasound: The gold standard in treatment for tendonitis, bursitis, and many other injuries. This therapy will help with pain control and tissue repair.

Spinal Traction: We actually have three kinds for your needs. They are both excellent ways to treat disc herniations or bulges.

  • Spinal Decompression Therapy: which involves highly specialized equipment that helps decompress your cervical or lumbar spine.
  • Flexion-Distraction Technique: this is performed hands-on by your doctor.
  • Intersegmental Traction Table: Stretches and relaxes tired and tight spinal muscles.
  • Medical Massage: We have highly trained massage therapists available which is covered by most health insurances.
  • Kinesiotape: This specialized tape is for muscle and joint support. It’s great recovering after an injury.
  • Hydrotherapy: This promotes relaxation of muscles and helps aid in a smoother chiropractic adjustment.
  • Light therapy: Helps speed up recovery time.
  • Chiropractic Adjustment — this is performed by your chiropractic physician. Your doctor will walk you through the adjustment prior to being adjusted. Above all, we want you to feel comfortable. If you are nervous about being adjusted even after we walk you through, that is okay! You can wait to be adjusted when you are more comfortable or you can take advantage of the other great services we offer. We also have different methods of adjusting that could work better for you. We will do our best together with you to find the best for your needs.

Be prepared to be placed on a treatment plan. While results may be seen after one chiropractic treatment, it usually takes multiple treatments over time (closer in the beginning then tapered off as you heal). When you come to us in pain, this is your body’s new normal. Chiropractic is physical medicine—instead of you taking a pill every day to combat your pain—you come to us 2-3x/week for treatment. Getting your body back to the real normal (a pain-free life) takes time and repetition.

Generally, your first visit takes the longest and is the most expensive due to x-rays and the new patient examination. We will do our best to have you in and out in a timely manner.

LCC also has other products to help aid in your treatment. We have lumbar and extremity braces (for extreme cases), ice packs, and nutritional supplements. We do our best to take chiropractic to the next level! Please call our office and set up an appointment with one of our doctors to get started on a new and improved you!