Doing anything for the first time can be a little scary, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Visiting a Chiropractor is no different. Many people are scared to make their first appointment simply because they don’t exactly what will be involved. To help you put your mind at ease we’ve provided some information about what you can expect when seeing a Chiropractor for the first time below.
Scheduling your appointment:
Most Chiropractors are available during the week and keep slots open on their calendar to see new patients, so you should be able to get in right away. Most Chiropractors take appointments over the phone, and some offer a convenient online booking option.
When you arrive at your appointment you can expect to complete some basic paperwork similar to what you would see at a dentist office. You’ll be asked about your personal information, medical history, reason for your visit, and insurance policy.
Seeing the doctor and completing your evaluation:
You can expect the doctor to sit down with you and discuss the reason for your visit before performing a thorough evaluation that should include a complete spinal analysis, orthopedic examination, range of motion assessment, weight balance analysis, and functional movement screening, and any necessary x-rays. This will allow your doctor to get a full picture of your current condition.
At Lifestyle Chiropractic our initial evaluation includes all of the items listed above, and unlike other Chiropractic clinics we offer onsite x-rays for your convenience.
Scheduling your follow up visit:
After your initial evaluation is complete your doctor will schedule a follow up appointment for you (typically 1-3 days later). This will allow your doctor some time to review the findings from your evaluation and prepare a personalized treatment plan to address any issues.
Cost and Payment:
Many Chiropractors advertise “Free Initial Consultations” which may lead you to believe that there will be no cost. Unfortunately, the “free” part of the first visit is typically just a 5-10 minute conversation with the doctor and does not include any of your evaluation. You can expect the cost of your entire first visit including your initial evaluation and any necessary x-rays to total somewhere between $100 to $300. However, most major medical insurance covers Chiropractic care including initial evaluations and x-rays. This can reduce the cost of your first visit to anywhere from nothing to a small co-pay like $20.00 or $30.00 depending upon your insurance policy.
At Lifestyle Chiropractic our initial evaluation starts at $125.00, but is often covered by medical insurance as mentioned above. If you aren’t sure if your insurance covers Chiropractic care our friendly staff will verify your benefits for you at no charge.
As mentioned above most major medical insurance covers most of the cost of Chiropractic care including your first visit (evaluation and x-rays). When you check in at your first visit your Chiropractor will ask you for your insurance information and should perform a complimentary verification of your benefits to let you know what your coverage will be and identify any co-pays you will be required to cover.
At Lifestyle Chiropractic we accept most major medical insurance (including corporate plans) and we provide free insurance benefit verification for all new patients.
Total time spent:
You can expect your first visit to last around 45 minutes to 1 hour including paperwork, evaluation, x-rays, and checkout.
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