Hi, Dr. Camp Typing at you.
I just wanted to give you a feel for what you will experience on your first visit to my office. It is my belief that the first visit is the most important to your treatment and… provides me with the information that will determine the overall results of your care. From my perspective this is your most important visit and I think most of my patients would tell you its an experience unlike you have ever had before with a health care practitioner.
First thing, I’ll actually read your paperwork, which will be the foundation of what we’ll be looking at in the examination process. I find it valuable to go over your paperwork in detail before we start the exam. In school they used to tell us seventy percent of the diagnosis comes from the oral history of the patients issues. The medical interview will take from fifteen minutes to a half an hour based on the complexity of your case.
After going over the details of your case, we’ll spend about an hour examining many aspects of your health. This will include measuring range of motion, and examining the factors of what caused your problem be it trauma, or even your work ergonomics. I’ll follow that with a battery of orthopedic tests as well as strength and neurological testing.
When all this is completed, I’ll give you a fifteen to thirty minute thorough explanation of what I believe is the problem, how I arrived at my conclusions, and how I propose to help you with it. If your issues is out of my area of expertise then this is where I’d make the proper referral to someone who can help. This is how I like to be treated by my own doctors and based on my own experience, is often out of the norm. Since I appreciate better and thorough service, I make it a priority to provide it to my own patients.
This process is followed by your first treatment which will include the Chiropractic manipulations you expect, and some muscle work that you may not. More often than not I include some physical therapy modalities such as E-Stim to reduce spasm, swelling and pain. I also often add a form of traction to repair structural changes that may have taken place over the years and are often a major part of patients’ pain syndromes particularly in the chronic patients who have had multiple episodes of their same problem. These are the people who often say they live with “Normal pain”. I don’t tend to think of pain as normal and so far “Knock on wood”, I’ve been able to help most of my chronic pain patients to become pain free.
The links below are the paper work you’ll need to complete for our first session. Its divided into three sections. The first is the information I need from EVERY patient and I’d appreciate it if you’d complete this prior to our first appointment which is a very thorough interview and examination if not a marathon, without you sitting there filling out these pages.
The second batch is added to your file only if you have been in an auto accident.
The third are pages germane only to slip and fall, bicycle or pedestrian accidents.
I hope this information is helpful and saves you some time and energy on your first visit with me. Please feel free to call me at my office if you have any questions as you are filling out the paperwork.
Thank you for reading this and I look forward to being of service to you.