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What to Expect

 

Your First Visit

 

During your first visit Family Chiropractic, you will be asked to complete several forms and provide us with your personal information. These forms help us set up your patient records, as well as give us vital information regarding your need for chiropractic care.

 

Click on the links below to learn about each step in our process to provide you with exceptional chiropractic care.

Complete Patient History

A complete patient history will be performed with every new patient. The history helps Dr. Santangelo determine whether chiropractic health care is appropriate for you.

 

If Dr. Santangelo determines that your condition can not be helped with chiropractic care, he will refer you to the appropriate physician. He has relationships with many credible and outstanding health care providers. We will be happy to assist you with any referral.

 

Physical examination

If your spinal evaluation reveals a problem related to your spine, then a complete chiropractic examination is performed to determine your specific condition and underlying cause.

 

X-rays

Family Chiropractic has a complete x-ray facility in our office which enables Dr. Santangelo to take and develop x-rays.

 

Dr. Santangelo believes that x-rays are a critical part of your care as they provide him the ability to locate your problem and treat you appropriately.

 

Report of Findings

Dr. Santangelo believes that patient understanding and education are critical to the success of chiropractic care. Therefore, he thoroughly reviews your history, x-rays, exams, and then provides you with a report of his findings.

 

This report explains in great detail your diagnosis, x-rays, condition, treatment plan, exercises, and the proper “Do’s and Don’ts” to help you recover as fast as possible.

 

Treatment

Dr. Santangelo will explain all possible treatments that will help you to obtain the best results. The treatment will begin with spinal adjustments (manipulations) and may include trigger point therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, intersegmental traction, ice/heat instructions, stretching and/or strengthening exercises or massage therapy.

 

Each patients treatment plan is different depending upon age, health history, injury and activity level.

 

If after the initial treatment period, no improvement in your condition is found, Dr. Santangelo will refer you to another health care provider for further diagnostics or evaluation. This may include MRI, CT scan, nerve conduction, orthopedist or neurologist.

 

Dr. Santangelo does not believe in extending care for unlimited amount of time if no benefit is being derived.

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