Resources for New Chiropractic Patients
We know how stressful your first visit to a doctor’s office can be, which is why we’ve gone above and beyond to compile resources to make your experience a little easier. Below you will find all kinds of resources, from new patient forms you can fill out at your leisure before your first appointment to payment and insurance options. If you can’t find answers to your questions here feel free to call us at 317-571-1480 for more information.
The new patient health history form serves two key purposes. First, it helps us ensure that none of the treatments or wellness advice we give will negatively affect you or put your health in jeopardy. Second, it helps us better understand your unique wellness and chiropractic needs so we can develop the best possible approach for helping you.
Just as building a house, fixing a car or any other similar type of heavily involved process requires you to follow a specific sequence of events, in order, to ensure the finished product is as safe, reliable and efficient as possible, so too does your body. When you experience an injury or illness that hinders your body’s functioning capabilities, it must go through specific phases of treatment in order to properly repair and correct itself. Outlined below are details about the three phases of chiropractic care.
When a patient comes to us in pain, our first priority is eliminating that pain. Some patients in this phase require fairly aggressive treatment and must visit the office two to three times per week for anywhere between one to three months. Required treatment frequency varies based on your specific issues.
Once we have stabilized your pain we move on to correcting the underlying issues and promoting full recovery and healing. Most patients in the correcting and restoring phase can expect to visit our office once to twice a week for anywhere between six months to two years, depending on their issues.
After you’ve recovered from your injury and have regained full function we begin working towards minimizing or eliminating the risk for future injury and promoting overall better health to prevent further health issues. Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.
The first thing you’ll need to do when you visit is fill out your new patient form. You can find the form on this page and fill it out prior to your appointment or you can fill it out when you get to the office for your first appointment, whichever is easier for you.
You will then have a consultation with one of our doctors. Dr. Michael Gallagher, Dr. Jennifer Gallagher, Dr. David Moody, and Dr. Kevin Boyd are all passionate about chiropractic wellness care and our patient’s results, and will listen to your issues and provide guidance regarding treatment options and how best to move forward to address your issues.
Once you’ve discussed your issues with one of our doctors they will then perform an examination, which includes things like gauging flexibility and reflex reactions. They also perform an array of standard orthopedic, postural, physical and neurological tests.
X-rays, if necessary, will be discussed during your consultation and examination. Not all patients who visit us require X-rays to determine appropriate treatment, but it may help with identifying serious spinal conditions and misalignments.
After your consultation, examination and any diagnostics that were performed, your doctor will provide a thorough and detailed report of their findings. They will help you understand your treatment options, how frequently you’ll need to visit and what your treatment may cost. They will also provide their professional recommendations, including whether you may need to consult with a different specialist or if there are any specific wellness programs or lifestyle changes that may positively impact your issues and wellness.
Once you’ve gone through the initial examination process we will schedule a time for your first treatment appointment. The type of appointment is based on our findings and may include adjustment, physical therapy or soft tissue massages.
Wellness programs are an essential component of many patients’ treatment regimens and include lifestyle changes, stretches or exercises that will compliment your in-office treatment and are intended to promote overall wellness, reduce the frequency of sickness and injury and improve your overall quality of life. Depending on your unique issues this may entail using ice or heat when you get home or it could be more in-depth diet and exercise changes.
If you have questions regarding your condition or are looking for resources to help you on your wellness journey, we encourage you to follow the relevant links below:
Our offices accept the majority of insurance plans, including Medicare, as well as auto accident, workers’ comp and personal injury payments. There are a wide range of coverage types, and many plans aren’t consistent on what is covered and what isn’t. Call our office and speak with our staff to learn if your plan will cover the treatment you need.
Patients with No Insurance
If you don’t have insurance coverage for chiropractic care or very little coverage we still want to help you. We can establish an affordable payment plan that will enable you to get the treatment you need without affecting your ability to pay for the rest of your life’s expenses. A lot of people who don’t have coverage are hesitant to visit us due to the cost, but are then pleasantly surprised when they find out how affordable chiropractic care is.
It’s not uncommon for our office to treat multiple members of the same family. What’s even more common is a family member will be so impressed by the results of their treatment or wellness program that they encourage other members of their families to visit and enjoy the same results. This is such a common occurrence we decided to provide special family plans that can be customized to affordable meet the wellness and chiropractic care needs of your family.
Your Health Shouldn’t be Based on Your Budget
One of the reasons the chiropractic wellness approach makes so much sense for people is the preventative aspect of it. Patients who optimize their health will drastically reduce future health care costs by preventing doctor’s visits, expensive medications and even surgical procedures. If you’ve been letting time or money get in the way of your health give Gallagher Family Chiropractic a call. We can likely find flexible solutions to help improve your health and save you money in the long run.