Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center of this website. This provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Gratia to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Gratia to learn more about you, your condition, and your expectations in order to help you meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Gratia will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take X-rays as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their problems themselves. We also have the ability to order MRI's, CT scans, bone density and bone scans, as well as laboratory tests.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Gratia will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
1. Can you help me?
2. How often do I need to come in?
3. What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays, Dr. Gratia will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. He has close relationships with many doctors, including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologist/pain management specialists, podiatrists, urologists, and of course, primary care physicians. If he cannot help you, he will guide you to the appropriate specialists. Dr. Gratia 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, physical therapy, and/or exercises. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Prior to leaving, the doctor may suggest a program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at-home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our team will work with you to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique; therefore, everyone requires a customized wellness plan.