We want you to be able to experience the remarkable service, results, friendly and professional staff and enjoyable, ultra-modern atmosphere that are all features of our outstanding clinic! We believe we give one of the finest consulations and examinations in Illinois and Missouri.
The consultation, including the case history, is a vital initial component as it is designed to give us a clear picture of your problems and concerns, and the relationship between your past health history and your current situation. It includes a history of past accidents, traumas, possible traumatic birth processes, any injurious errgonomics or work habits, contributing family history or other pertinent information.
At our chiropractic center our examinations procedures are geared toward detection and correction of the "Vertebral Subluxation" (click on this link for more information on subluxations). The procedures we use are therefore specifically selected for your spine and nervous system health, although we do care for many extremity injuries (i.e. knees, shoulders) and as such, we will examine these areas also if required. There are a couple of things that you should expect when you have a first visit at our clinic.
Our Examination consists of a thorough spinal and nervous system exam which includes "Palpation". Palpation essentially is checking your spine by hand. With this exam the doctor can feel areas of your spine that may be involved with subluxation problems. Spinal position, curvatures and muscle tone can also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations. Your examination may also include some specialized equipment designed to enhance the evaluation of your spine and nervous system. Chiropractic, orthopedic and neurological examination and testing may be performed to further locate and define the cause of your problem and/or the condition of your health.
Spinal X-rays may be taken depending on your age, and situation. There are many reasons why we would not take x-rays on certain patients including pregnancy, most children, recent usable spinal x-rays and some other various situations. Aside from these situations, x-rays are a common part of the examination process when looking for vertebral subluxations. X-rays give us important information including the position of the spinal bones, and the quality of the spine and safety of adjusting it. X-rays also tell us the relative length of time subluxations may have been involved in your spine. Commonly, most patients receive two to three spinal x-rays per area of concern at the beginning of care.
With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well as the ongoing frequency of your care. Your x-rays will be explained to you and covered in detail at your Report of Findings. You will be scheduled for your Report of Findings within a few days of your initial visit. This visit is your most important visit and takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour. It is at your Report of Findings that we will give you a care plan and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results. We have set aside specific times for these visits to make sure we give you our full attention and focus and answer all of your questions thoroughly. Our staff will schedule your Report of Findings with you after your first visit.
Our Chiropractic Care utilizes the most modern chiropractic analytical, and adjustive procedures and equipment available. We consider subluxations to be a serious threat to the quality and quantity of your health and that of your family. It is therefore imperative that we utilize the most modern, and the well established time-proven procedures to help you. We feel you're worth it!
How long will it take?
Your first visit will last approximately 45 to 60 minutes, depending on your condition. You can save a few extra minutes by printing the New Patients forms and filling them out in advance. You will find these forms under the Patient header area. You need to print everything except the Auto Accident and Workmans' Comp Forms, unless you have been involved in an auto accident or work related accident.
How do I get there?
You can get directions from our Location section under the About Us header on this website or call us personally....Mestdagh Chiropractic - 618-281-6167.