What to Expect
Your First Visit
If you’re a first-time visitor to PGA Chiropractic Health Center, you’ll need to give us some information about your background, medical history and the nature of your condition. This is so that we can provide the best possible care, tailored to your specific circumstances.
A Bit of Paperwork
An initial patient intake sheet requires some general and specific information about you and your condition. Our staff is happy to assist you with this paperwork.
Dr. Cima takes a special and personal interest in his patient’s health problems, which is why Dr. Cima enjoys a close rapport with his patients, and they with him. During the consultation, the doctor will ask you many questions about your health, sometimes going back to childhood. This information often offers important clues that may be linked to your present problem.
History and Examination
Dr. Cima performs a series of special tests to determine what is causing your problem. Because all problems are not alike, not every patient receives the same tests. A patient with arthritis will receive a different set of tests than a patient who was injured in a car accident, or at work. In addition to the physical exam, you will receive a comprehensive chiropractic examination that includes orthopedic and neurological testing, as well as a musculoskeletal exam which is designed to test the structure and function of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.
Why chiropractic x-rays? “To see is to know, not to see is to guess, and we won’t guess about your health.” X-rays play an important role in the diagnostic procedure. Dr. Cima uses digital x-rays to pinpoint misalignments of the vertebrae and other hidden ailments. X-rays are only taken when necessary.
Patients often ask if they will receive treatment on their first visit. You will, most likely, undergo treatment on your first visit once the examination is completed and, if necessary, for your care. This may include spinal adjustments and physical therapy.
Before leaving, you will be given instructions on certain activities or procedures to be performed at home. This may include ice or heat applications; avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises or stretches. You may also be given special topical crèmes for pain and inflammation.
Scheduling the Next Appointment
Regular treatment is essential to the process. We work our treatments around your schedule. Generally speaking, patients are seen within 1-2 days of their initial visit and are provided with a complete report of findings on this follow-up visit.
Your Second Visit
Your second visit to our office will start with a Report of Findings of what was discovered on your first visit. This report will take approximately 10-15 minutes. We will go over your examination findings and correlate them to your x-rays or MRI films. A care plan outlining the course of treatment for your condition will be presented so you can begin achieving your maximum health benefit in our office. If, at this time, we feel a referral to another specialist will facilitate your recovery, we will make recommendations and assist in scheduling these appointments. Our only concern is your healthcare and achieving this goal in an efficient and timely fashion. You will have time to ask Dr. Cima any questions you have about your diagnosis and care plan. After your report, you will begin your treatment program. Please plan on approximately 1 hour for this comprehensive visit.
Follow Up Visits for Regaining Your Health
Your visits are customized for your diagnosis as indicated in the Report of Findings. Each visit takes approximately 30-45 minutes. We will not rush your healthcare and our patients understand that progress is cumulative and each visit is designed to get them one step closer to feeling better and reaching your wellness potential. This process takes time and we hope to see you feeling better as soon as possible. Our office hours are long and our staff is skilled at working within the bounds of your daily schedule to arrange acceptable and convenient appointment times.
Begin your journey toward health! Call PGA Chiropractic Health Center today!