Upon entering our office, our receptionist will greet you and welcome you to the office. We will give you our patient forms to fill out, if you haven't already downloaded them. The paperwork provides us with general information about yourself and your condition. We'll also take a copy of your insurance card to properly verify your benefits. If you gave us your insurance information over the phone when scheduling your first appointment, we'll have already verified your benefits before you arrive.
Next, you will have a consultation with either Dr. Ettlinger or Dr. Grady to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential treatment options. Your first visit is designed for the doctors to learn more about you, your condition, your expectations and to determine whether the care we provide will you meet your goals.
After your consultation, the doctor will perform a complete examination including weight, blood pressure, reflexes, health history, and a variety of standard neurologic, orthopedic, postural, and physical examinations. Nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
If you had x-rays or MRI studies performed prior to your visit to Health Quest, please bring those films with you. Otherwise, we will request a copy of the radiologist's report. If no x-rays have been taken, and if the doctor feels it is truly necessary, he or she will refer you out for a radiological study at this time. We do not take x-rays in our office.
Report of Findings
Once all the information and examinations have been performed, Dr. Ettlinger or Dr. Grady will give you a report of findings to answer the two most popular questions:
- Can you help me?
- What do you recommend that I do to get better?
After discussing your history and your goals with you, examining you and reviewing any x-rays or tests, the doctors will discuss recommendations with you. If you have a condition that requires care with other providers, the doctor will tell you. If the doctor believes we can help you, we will recommend a treatment program.
You will generally be provided with your first treatment during the second half of the appointment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapies, and/or soft tissue therapies. Treatment is interactive -- please openly express any concerns or questions you may have about the type of treatment the doctor plans to perform.