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Upon entering one of our offices, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our team. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition. Be as detailed as possible and bring in any prior medical history or diagnostics for one of our physicians to review.
Next, you will have a consultation and examination with both of our physicians, Dr. Rick Galloway and Dr. Cecilio Torres-Ruiz, to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for our physicians to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how our "cutting edge" treatment can meet your goals. Next, a complete physical examination will be performed to test your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. Since pain can change, each physician will perform their consultation and examination on different days in order to receive precise results on how your symptoms effect your function and quality of life.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take X-rays as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves. In addition to the x-rays, MRIs may be ordered and performed to rule out any soft tissue pathology which could be leading to your symptomatology. MRI is the "gold-standard" in evaluation of soft tissue injuries, and can give our physicians the best resource for the evaluation of your injuries.
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, our physicians will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and diagnostic studies, Dr. Rick Galloway will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Our physicians will give will provide the best treatment options and wellness recovery program for your needs.
At the conclusion of this 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. Our physicians may prescribe you certain medications in order to assist you in your recovery. These may include antiinflammatories, muscle relaxers, and oral or topical pain medications.
Prior to finishing your treatment regimen, the doctor may 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, our wellness team will work with you also 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 good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.