Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our practice. We will request that you complete our patient forms. If you like, prior to your initial visit, you may complete these forms online. They can be found on our site located in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Askinasi to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed to learn more about you, your condition, and determine how, together, we care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Askinasi will perform a complete examination. This will include vital signs along with standard neurological and orthopedic testing. Postural, physical and kinesiological tests will be performed as well.
Depending on your specific condition, we may need X-rays, CT or MRI scan. Imaging helps us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and may alert us of any serious conditions. Quite often the analysis of these pictures is just as important for what is not found as they are for what is found. We will refer you to a radiologist for these pictures should it be determined they are needed.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Askinasi will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays, Dr. Askinasi will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Dr. Askinasi will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
At the conclusion of your initial appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
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. If you desire, we will work with you to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve physical health, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.