The first visit to our clinic consists of an initial consultation and a spinal evaluation. This includes visual inspection of the spine and manual palpation of the spinal musculature and joints. Other orthopedic and neurological tests may also be performed which aid in the formulation of a diagnosis. Various instruments will be used to detect and quantify the amount of spinal and postural distortion that may be present. A set of specific upper cervical x-rays will be taken if spinal misalignments are detected, if the doctor thinks that your presenting complaint is related to the misalignments, if no contraindications to care are present, and if you consent to treatment, .
These x-rays are unique to the upper cervical chiropractic profession. They are taken with the patient in an upright position on specially aligned x-ray equipment. These x-ray views give the doctor an accurate three-dimensional view of the skull and cervical spine. Any misalignments become evident. This three-dimensional view is vital in determining the specific adjustment that each person requires. Each person has a unique skeletal architecture. Each person has a unique misalignment. Each person requires a unique adjustment.