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What to Expect

Our overall goal is to heal the problem and not just drug it.

Six months ago I had a detached retina. I went to Center for Sight and they guided me along the way to restoring my vision. I really had very little idea beyond the initial exam how long the treatment would take, cost, etc. I have a new found appreciation for people who have never been to my chiropractic office or any other physical therapist, not knowing what to expect.

When a person comes in to see me we sit down in comfortable chairs and we will casually talk for about 15 minutes, just like you would when talking to a neighbor, telling me about your ailment. Then, based on my 27 years of clinical practice and my 9 years of academic study I will decide if I am in a position to treat you and if I have a reasonable expectation of alleviating your problem.

I use techniques that do not require x-rays and allow for treatment on the first visit. Most people significantly improve within 3 weeks but not everybody. For those people, I generally order an MRI or do additional follow-up testing to further evaluate their condition.

Most conditions don’t warrant a million tests before treatment. A good orthopedic examination is normally enough along with an excellent case history to get started. I may or may not include Dr. Sklar, a medical doctor, for co-treatment. Physical medicine treats many conditions better than drug therapy alone but many conditions are best treated using physical medicine and drug therapy at the same time.

The first thing you need to know about me is I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Science, Human biology, and I have taught at the college level. It’s not reasonable for the patient with no medical background to understand if a chiropractor can improve their condition or not without coming in.

There are many things that I can successfully treat but I certainly wouldn’t want to try to cure cancer or treat the Coronavirus. As a rule, I generally only treat the conditions that I can treat better than a medical doctor and quite honestly, most neuromuscular conditions are better treated with a chiropractor than a medical doctor, or in combination.

We are currently taking everybody’s temperature at the door and we are only allowing 2 patients in the office at the same time.

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You will feel welcome the moment you walk through our door. Help in on it’s way.

But how?

Our doctors do not use drugs that merely mask the condition, but use techniques that help the body use it’s natural healing abilities in order for it to function at it’s best level. As the body heals patients find their discomfort level drops with out the use of drugs.

Your First Visit

You can expect to be welcomed by our front desk staff when you arrive at our office. Typically, you should plan to spend about an hour at our facility.

Your time here will include providing us with your personal/accident/insurance information, your consultation and examination with the doctor, and, in most cases, a full realm of treatment.

Your Treatment

Your treatment may include a therapeutic massage, ultrasound therapy, electro-stimulation, decompression therapy and a gentle spinal manipulation. You may be referred to our radiologist for imaging studies, typically MRIs.

Depending on the level of discomfort the patient when they arrive in our office will determine what protocol that is followed. Acute issue treatment differs from chronic issue treatment.


Acute Discomfort

Our doctors understand “severe agony” and don’t want to leave you in anguish any longer then they have to, however information is needed regarding your health history. So a completed health history and some personal information will need to be provided before treatment can begin.

Following the completion of the intake forms, Dr. Plummer will conduct a complete history and exam. Dr. Plummer has received the best chiropractic education possible as Palmer Chiropractic College.

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We treat auto and sports injuries

Your spine will be examined for misalignments. This is done through motion palpation. X-rays or a MRI study may be ordered to investigate the root cause of your aches.

Phase one begins with the issue at a manageable level. Dr. Plummer will then co-treat with physiotherapy massage, Thompson chiropractic technique or Activator Method. Massaging the afflicted area with ice is very beneficial at this phase as well.

Phase two is once the initial swelling and discomfort has subsided. Other chiropractic adjusting techniques are included, such as Gonstead, spinal decompression, physical therapy and massage therapy.


Chronic Discomfort

A completed health history and some personal information will need to be provided before treatment can begin. Following the completion of the intake forms, Dr. Plummer will conduct a complete history and exam.

Your spine will be examined for misalignments. This is done through motion palpation. X-rays or a MRI study may be ordered to investigate the root cause of your issue.

Dr. Plummer will then recommend Dr. Mason, if medicine can increase the body’s healing ability. We don’t use drugs to merely mask the condition, just to allow the body to be in a state where natural healing abilities can be achieved.

Once the initial swelling and discomfort has subsided, other chiropractic adjusting techniques are included, such a Gonstead, spinal decompression, physical therapy and massage therapy.

Your initial visit can last about 1 hour to 1½ hours depending on your condition. So please plan accordingly.

Call today for your consultation and treatment. We offer same day appointments.


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