What to Expect: First Visit
This your chance to meet the Dr. Butler. She will ask you several questions during the consultation time to determine if your symptoms or complaints will benefit from our services. In order to maximize your time with the doctor and to ensure that you get the attention and care you deserve, we ask that you come prepared.
Below is the list of the following items to bring on your first visit to our office:
- Photo ID
- Health Insurance Card (if using your health insurance)
- Co-payment (if applicable, check with your insurance company for amount)
- Completed Patient Intake Form (download and complete)
- Adult Registration Form
- Pediatric Registration Form
- Recent x-rays (if taken within one-year of appointment date)
- Any questions you may have
- And a smile!
What to Expect: Follow-Up Visits
Our goal is to reduce your symptoms and improve your functional health. In order to do this, we have to be a team. Dr. Butler will create a customized treatment plan specifically designed for you. Although Dr. Butler has goals that she would like to see you reach, it is important that you have some health goals of your own. Therefore, as a team, we will work together to getting you back on the Road of Recovery. It is highly important that you adhere to the treatment plan. Each visit builds upon next and failure to adhere to the treatment plan may result in: worsening of symptoms, a decrease in quality of life, sense of hopelessness or depression, chronicity and more.
If at any time you would like to discontinue treatment, just let us know. Remember, we are here to help you the best way that we can.
Phase of Care: Palliative/Pain-Relief
Palliative/Pain Relief Care: to relieve the patient's symptoms by providing therapeutic procedures to help maximize the healing process. After the patient's level of severity ("feeling better"), they will be transitioned to Corrective/Strengthen Care to help strengthen the supportive structures. During this phase, we are relying on the body's natural ability to heal itself.
Phase of Care: Corrective/Strength
Once the patient's level of severity has decreased, they will be placed on a rehabilitative exercise program to help strengthen the supporting structures. The exercises and stretches target specific muscle groups to help promote joint stabilization and increase joint flexibility to help reduce the chance of re-injury, minimize exacerbation and/or flare-ups. This is active treatment, meaning, the patient is taking action in their recovery to better health.
Phase of Care: Maintenance or Wellness
During this phase of care, the patient's symptoms are gone or reduced to a manageable level. The patient has been educated on how to manage their symptoms if they should return. The goal is the help the patient maintain good spinal health throughout their lifetime.