Your First Visit

During the first visit, your practitioner will complete a thorough examination that typically includes:
• Patient history
• Physical examination
• Diagnostic studies (when indicated)
• Diagnosis
• Outline a treatment plan

Patient History
Prior to your initial consultation, you will be asked to fill
out forms that provide background information about
your symptoms and condition. Questions may include:
• When did your pain/condition start?
• Where is the pain located?
• Did pain/condition immediately follow an injury or
• Does anything improve or worsen the pain?  
• What treatments have you already tried, and how
successful were they?
You may also be asked to provide family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior
injuries, and previous and current health providers and
To properly diagnose your problem and design a treatment program, your practitioner needs to
know about any of the following:
• Bone disorders such as osteoporosis
• Implants like pacemakers, artificial joints
• Circulatory problems 
• Dizziness or blurred vision 
• Heart conditions such as hypertension 
• Nausea
• Ols injuries, such as bone fractures, muscle
sprains/strains, or disc injuries 
• Joint disorders such as arthritis
• Any current health condition for which you are
receiving care from another health care practitioner
When applicable, bring with you any copies of previous
tests (for example, MRI or X-ray reports), lab results,
and a list of any medications you are taking, including
over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements.


The next step is a physical examination your practitioner will perform to evaluate your condition and
develop a working diagnosis. In addition to general
physical examination the examination may include procedures such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and temperature, the examination will include specific orthopedic and neurological
tests to assess:
• Range of motion of the affected area that is observed
while you walk, turn, bend, or lift
• Muscle tone
• Muscle strength
• Neurological integrity
• Posture
Diagnostic Studies
Diagnostic studies help diagnose conditions more
accurately and may include
• X-ray or referal for
• MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT, or bone scan