What To Expect
Dr. Wafer is awesome! He's always upbeat and pleasant to be around. He takes the time to explain things, and he's very thorough. I feel like he really listens and concentrates on specific problem areas so I get the most out of my visit. This new location is a clean and friendly atmosphere, just like the original location. I've been going to Dr. Wafer for over three years, and I highly recommend him!
Your First Visit
This seems to be what everyone wants to know before they will even take one step in the door. This is certainly understandable if you’ve never been to see a chiropractor before. You likely wouldn’t walk into a restaurant without knowing what type of food was served, you wouldn’t walk into a doctor’s office without knowing what to expect.
If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, you likely already have a lot of questions and lot of ideas about what a chiropractor does. So let’s talk about what will happen on your very first visit to my office.
During the initial consultation, we’re going to sit down and you will have a chance to tell me all about your health problem. I want to know how it started, what it feels like, what you’ve done about it so far, and what may have worked before… even if it was just temporarily. Most importantly, I want to make sure you have a problem I can help.
If after hearing about your problem it seems that your condition may be helped by chiropractic, I will perform a thorough examination. There have been times where it has been very clear to me following the consultation that my office is simply not the best place for the patient.
I don’t accept patients for care that I don’t believe I can help, so I first evaluate your condition during the consultation and then perform range of motion tests, then chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurological examinations. The chiropractic tests will help me determine if chiropractic can help, the orthopedic tests will test your spinal joints, and the neurological tests tell me about the health of your spinal nerves.
If x-rays are needed, this will be your next step. The determination for x-rays occurs as I gather information about your condition through the consultation and examination. I cannot tell you over the phone if x-rays are needed. X-rays are not needed for every person or every condition, but we do want to make sure we deliver the safest and most effective chiropractic care possible. The need for x-rays will be determined on a case-by-case basis and the reason for the tests will be explained to you before they are performed.
Report of Findings
At the end of your first visit, you will be scheduled for a report of findings visit. This follow up visit is a second consultation in which I go over the results of your examinations and tests. More importantly, I will also explain exactly what you have and how I can help. I will have taken measurements on your x-rays and will outline the recommended number of visits you'll need to get the best results.
I will also explain how long it will take for you to see changes, costs, and what you can do at home to improve the speed and long-term effects of your chiropractic care results.
Before performing any chiropractic adjustments, I will review with you options on the the best chiropractic techniques for your condition. Most often, I will use my hands to gently realign your spine. In some cases, I will use instruments are special adjusting tables to perform your adjustments. If you have a preference or concern about a chiropractic technique, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.
The best chiropractic care doesn't happen in one or two visits. While you may see improvement in your symptoms, good chiropractic care is about helping the patient achieve better health and long-term benefits. It's your health and your choice, but I will always give you my best recommendation.