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What to Expect

What to expect when you first come

What to Expect

When you first come into our clinic, you’ll be welcomed by our staff. They will direct you where to go and make you feel comfortable. When you’re here, we treat you like family. Please read below to find out how we lay out the different parts of the first visit.

First Visit

Forms and Information

Before we can begin, we ask that you fill out a personal information form. This is general information about you and your condition.

Consultation

You will then be escorted to the Consultation room where Dr. Ri will have some time dedicated to discussing your health concerns and problems as well as treatment options. This visit is designed to help Dr. Ri learn more about you as whole and find the cause of your problems, as well as rule out any potential red flags. Dr Ri will determine if Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is right for you, or if he needs to refer you to a specialist other than himself.

Examination

After your consultation, Dr. Ri will perform a complete orthopedic, neurological, and Chiropractic examination. These tests will be done to check your bones, joints, muscles and especially the nerves to see what’s causing the health problems you are experiencing. In addition to these tests Dr. Ri utilizes completely safe and painless, state of the art, digital para-spinal infrared thermographic imaging and computerized posture analysis to determine if you are a candidate for relief. Nothing will be done in our office without your consent.

X-ray Study

Your specific condition may require us to take x-rays to to get a full evaluation of a patient. X-rays help us rule out more serious conditions or assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you. Upper Cervical Health Care of Orange County specializes in a specific X-ray technique, unlike any other, in which we custom tailor the X-rays to each patients unique anatomy, we also utilize a three dimensional X-rays technique that gives us the most detailed analysis of your spine to determine the exact misalignment. All of this is done with our state of the art High Frequency X-ray machine that acquires these images at about half the usual X-ray dosage. Most people are amazed once they their x-rays and can often immediately identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.

Report of Findings

Once all the information and examinations have been performed, Dr. Ri will give you a report of findings to answer the three most important questions:

  1. Can you help me?
  2. What do you recommend that I do to get better?
  3. How much is it going to cost?

After discussing with you your history and your goals, examining your spine and reviewing any x-rays or tests, Dr. Ri will discuss recommendations with you. If you have a condition that requires care with other providers, the doctor will tell you. If Dr. Ri believes we can help you, we will recommend treatment and a wellness program.

Treatment

Patients will be provided with their first treatment at the conclusion of the X-rays and analysis and Report of Findings. The Upper Cervical Adjustment is a gentle, specific correction designed to unlock your particular misalignment based upon the information gathered from your X-rays. The adjustment does not involve any twisting, popping or pulling of the patients spine to accomplish the correction. Dr. Ri specializes in both the Blair and Knee Chest technique and will decide which technique is best suited to your health care needs.

Wellness Instruction

Prior to leaving, patients will be instructed on a wellness program to be conducted at home. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include ice or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire an overall wellness lifestyle, our wellness team will work with you to create good habits and routines that support your success. Every body is unique and different and therefore everyone requires a unique and customized wellness plan. The foundation of our overall wellness lifestyle is maintaining healthy posture and good spinal alignment, eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, keeping your weight under control and stress relief.