For your first visit, if you are unable to fill in our New Patient Intake forms in advance, please plan on arriving a minimum of 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time in order to fill out the necessary office paperwork. This will provide us with some of the necessary general information regarding you and your health history, current complaints, and allows enough opportunity for you to fill in any documents required by your particular insurance provider, if you will be using one.(We will email you the necessary forms. ) Please wear appropriate clothing so that the Doctor can easily access the area of your complaint. (Ex: Shorts for hip, knee problems; Tank top for shoulder, upper back, etc.)
We will first ask you a series of detailed questions to learn the history of your injury or complaint. This also allows us to determine the best diagnostic examinations to proceed with for your case. The examination will consist of a basic physical examination of height, weight and blood pressure, as well as a progression of Neurological and Orthopedic tests. Further diagnostic testing such as X-rays, MRI’s, Nerve Conduction Test, blood tests, etc. may be indicated depending on the results of the examinations, and the information collected. Together, these procedures help us to determine the nature and severity of your condition, as well as the best course of treatment for your case.
After all diagnostic work has been completed and your goals have been determined, you'll receive a recommended therapy protocol, and generally, we begin treatment your first day. The length of time spend with us on your first visit will be dependent upon your history, examination findings and indications, and your personal choice in the approach to your care. For those seeking care for singular, isolated issues and injuries, our "Traditional Care" sessions provide a focused, time efficient and effective option which primarily utilizes the amazing core benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Or, like many of our patients, you may choose to schedule one of our extended length or "Performance Care" sessions. These longer sessions allow us to address multiple regions of concern on the first visit, or more complex, chronic issues. This option also provides us the opportunity to treat with a more comprehensive approach, or to focus on athletic injury rehabilitation and successful return to performance through approaches such as the SFMA, ART, GuaSha, DNS patterns and more. Your can learn more about the differences between these choices of care in detail on our "Chiropractic Care Options"page.
Since we focus on an active approach to your Health Care, we may also provide you with instructions for your Home Care. This may include education and training regarding proper use of heat or ice, ergonomics and body mechanics, activities for modification, exercise, stretches or other information, such as nutritional recommendations, that will help you reach your goals faster and more efficiently.
The frequency of your follow up visits will be determined by the severity of your condition, as well as your own progression of recovery, which we monitor with each visit and adapt as indicated. Although each individual can differ, it is highly recommended to schedule your very first follow up visit within a day or two of your initial patient examination. This gives Dr. Hackett the clearest view of your response to treatment, and gives your body optimal time between sessions to reach improvement. It's important to understand that the more consistent you are with your care, the faster your body is able to adapt to the changes asked of it through chiropractic adjustments and other therapies utilized. Further treatment and therapy details, expected length of treatment, anticipated future cost involved, and all other questions you may at your first follow up visit, and whenever needed along the way. Follow up visits should also be used as another opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have regarding your condition, exam findings and/or your care.
Once initial complaints resolve, most patients choose to continue with Traditional Wellness Care Visits every 3-6 weeks for general "tune ups" and maintenance of health. Regular Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Massage care helps to release interference on the nervous system, and restore proper biomechanical motion so that your body can perform at its best. Routine care also helps to prevent any new imbalances that may arise due to your daily activities or athletic involvement from turning into complex issues. These sessions can often be short, affordable, and easily fit into your busy schedule.
Every step of the process is your choice. Our practitioners will make recommendations, but how far you take your health, is up to you. Try us out. We know you'll discover the benefits of following such a recommendation to be just as beneficial as we have. If you're interested in making holistic care a part of your lifestyle, ask us about discounted care plans and packages available to you at any time.
*Pain and discomfort should never be "just a part of life".
*The longer you wait, sometimes it may heal, but often your simply allowing more time for your condition to become worse, and more difficult to improve. Pain is always the last symptom to arrive in an 'issue'- it's just generally louder and more annoying than the earlier ones.
*The sooner you listen to your body and seek therapy, the sooner you can return to enjoying the activities you love. There is help, and we're here, ready to do our best at providing it.
Dr. Katrina Hackett, DC
Phone: (858) 256-6401 OR (858) 876-2171
10054 Mesa Ridge Court, Suite 116, San Diego, CA 92121