Upon entering our office, you will be welcomed by our front desk and begin the check-in process. The majority of your patient file is in electronic format, so one of our tablets will be provided for you to complete the New Patient documentation. This information provides us with your health history and insight to your condition. Many patients complete this process within 15 minutes, some may take longer. This is why we ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Skjervheim to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Skjervheim to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Skjervheim will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your range of motion. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, chiropractic and muscle testing will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may refer you out for X-rays. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Unless Dr. Skjervheim refers you for X-rays, your new patient appointment will conclude with a "test" adjustment, to be followed-up 2 days later. This "test" adjustment will determine your course of chiropractic care and provide Dr. Skjervheim with a better understanding of how your body will respond to treatment. The care that you receive will always be specific to your needs and medically necessary.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.