What to Expect on Your First Visit

Dr. Grand may be treating your complaints, whether it be low back pain, neck pain, sports or auto accidents, or any other pain, but he needs to understand how your body functions as a whole. In particular he will focus on your spine, joints, muscles, and nervous system. Dr. Grand needs a complete picture of your health history and overall current health in order to provide the best possible treatment for you.

Set aside at least 60 minutes for your first visit. Future visits vary in time depending on the area affected and what treatment you are receiving.

Here’s what you might expect.

Questions Asked During the First Visit

Dr. Grand may ask about the following:

  • personal and family medical history
  • major illnesses
  • surgeries or operations
  • prescription or over the counter medications
  • a description of your present condition
  • steps you have taken to manage your condition
  • diet and exercise routine
  • herbal remedies and other supplements
  • your sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, and home life

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes

Depending on complaint, Dr. Grand will examine you and will:

  •  test your reflexes, strength, and sensations
  •  assess your posture
  •  analyze your overall movement – through observing how you walk, turn, bend or lift things
  •  orthopedic evaluation of how well your spine moves, identifying restrictions and areas of improper motion
  •  a thorough orthopedic and neurologic exam
  •  review with you and diagnostic tests that you have and will request additional exams if necessary

Bring a copy of any x-rays or radiology reports you have

These assessments give Dr. Grand a better picture of your health. He will make a diagnosis, prescribe a course of treatment, and once the matter of informed consent has been discussed, treatment begins. Treatment may commence during the first or in the next follow-up visit. Dr. Grand diagnoses a condition more appropriately treated by another health care professional, he or she will make a referral. Your treatment from Dr. Grand, regardless of the stage of care, will often include exercise, diet, and other healthy living suggestions.

What is an adjustment and how do I benefit from this procedure?

An adjustment (also known as manipulation) is a precise procedure, usually applied by hand, to the joints of the body. Dr. Grand has received extensive training to perform this procedure. Adjustments work to improve mobility, restore range of motion, and increase movement of the adjoining muscles to relieve pressure and tension. Patients typically notice a reduction of pain, soreness and stiffness, and improved mobility.

Dr. Grand may decide to use massage, ultrasound, or other therapies to treat your condition.