When you come to the Care New England Spine Care Program, you will first see one of our primary spine practitioners (PSP), who is a specially-trained chiropractic physician. Many people associate chiropractic physicians with manipulation (“cracking”) of the back or neck. Manipulation is a useful therapeutic tool for some conditions but you do not have to receive manipulation. Your PSP has a variety of methods to help you.
Your first visit
You will be asked to fill out a few questionnaires that allow the PSP to get to know more about your problem and how it affects you. They also help the PSP monitor your progress over time.
The PSP will talk with you in detail about the problem and will then examine you to determine a diagnosis and make recommendations about the best way to help you. This may include:
- Recommending simple but specific exercises to help you help yourself.
- Applying gentle hands-on procedures to reduce your pain and improve your mobility.
- Connecting you with other members of our care team, depending on your specific needs.
- Sending you for x-rays or an MRI.
- Recommending one or more of the services we offer through the program.
You will probably see the PSP several times in the weeks after your first appointment and you may work with a physical therapist for a few sessions.