Upon entering my office please make yourself comfortable and enjoy a cup of tea in the waiting room. Dr. Hess will usually be with you within a few minutes of your arrival. Please be sure to complete the new patient forms located in the New Patient Center of this website. This paperwork provides your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Kirstin Ebaugh to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Kirstin Ebaugh to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Kirstin Ebaugh will perform a complete and thorough examination that includes appropriate orthopedic, neurologic and chiropractic tests. Other standard postural, and physical tests will be performed as needed. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent. This initial consultation, history, examination and treatment usually takes between 60 -90 minutes.
Depending on your specific condition, you may be sent to Oregon Imagining for X-rays, a CT or MRI. X-rays may be needed to develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert Dr. Hess of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, you can even identify degeneration yourself.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Kirstin Ebaugh will give explain the findings and answer any questions including:
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, examination and goals, Dr. Kirstin Ebaugh will discuss recommendations and discus whether your condition requires care with other providers. Dr. Kirstin Ebaugh will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
At the conclusion of this initial appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, rehabilitation therapies, and/or soft tissue therapies, including massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
If you are in pain when you first come into our office your initial wellness program may be limited to ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, Dr. Hess will work with you to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.