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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New Patients

Hello and welcome to Wellness Concepts of Florida.  We are happy you are making the decision to improve your quality of life.  Here is a little of what to expect when you arrive at our office.  The New Patient office visit will take approximately one hour.  Please prepare for the visit and dress comfortably.  If you have to arrive in professional dress, you may want change at our facility, or we can provide gym attire.  If you plan on changing dress, please allow appropriate time.  We pride ourselves on punctuality, so please be on time.

*PLEASE NOTE: OUR OFFICE IS NOW PAPERLESS!*

All new patient forms must be completed in our office.  You may do this any day prior to your appointment.  If you choose, you may wait until the day of your scheduled appointment, but please arrive 30 minutes early to complete the new patient forms and ensure your full hour with the doctor.

You may view our HIPAA Privacy Policy to learn about our health record practices.

What do I need to bring?

We will need a copy of your driver’s license and/or insurance card (if applicable).

All prior X-ray, MRI, CT reports and disks and any other pertinent studies or information.

What can I expect on my first visit?

One of our doctors will start with a comprehensive overview of your health concerns, making sure to discuss all related criteria.  Orthopedic and Neurological exams will be performed followed by a functional exam to assess muscle imbalances and joint dysfunction.  X-ray will be utilized at the doctor’s discretion to rule out any underlying pathology or Dis-Ease.  If X-rays are taken, the doctor will go over them thoroughly with you.  We believe knowledge is power and want to be sure you understand the doctor's findings.

Will I receive treatment on my first visit?

Our doctors try to provide treatment on the first day of service.  Each case is different with its own set of circumstances.  The patient diagnosis will determine how much can be accomplished in the initial one hour office visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have answered some common questions and concerns below. If you do not find the answer to your question, please do not hesitate to call us at 941-756-5555 or contact us online.

What is chiropractic treatment? Is it safe? Is it proven to work?

Chiropractic adjustment is a treatment designed to restore proper alignment and function to the body by correcting "subluxations."  The medical term "vertebral subluxation" refers to a misalignment or slight dislocation of the bones in the spine.  Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to diagnose and treat subluxations. 

Chiropractic treatment is safe and proven to help a large number of health conditions, including chronic back and neck pain, acute injuries / sports injuries, auto injuries such as whiplash, and age-related health conditions like osteoarthritis.  Please read our chiropractic adjustment page for more details.

Is a Chiropractor a "real" doctor?

Chiropractors are licensed health care providers with a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree.  They are considered primary physicians in the state of Florida.  The chiropractic curricula is extremely rigorous and similar to that of medical school.  In addition to classroom study, chiropractic students must complete a residency working with patients in a clinical setting, while supervised by other licensed chiropractors.  After graduation, chiropractors must pass four sets of national board exams along with state board exams.

The biggest difference between chiropractors and medical doctors is in their style of treatment.  Medical doctors are trained in prescribing medicine and/or surgery for patients.  They focus on biochemistry, and they can be helpful with chemical related health problems such as infections, diabetes or hypothyroidism.

Conversely, chiropractors are trained to correct physical problems through chiropractic adjustments, exercises, stretches and muscle therapies.  They are helpful in addressing conditions that are physical in nature, such as back pain, neck pain, muscle spasms, headaches and whiplash.  Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to diagnose and treat spinal misalignment (vertebral subluxation), which can affect many areas of health.  See our chiropractic adjustment page for more details on health conditions that can be improved with chiropractic care.

Can chiropractic cause damage to my body?

Chiropractors are specialists in diagnosing and treating subluxations.  When done correctly, chiropractic adjustment is beneficial to most patients.  However, adjustment could be contraindicated for some health conditions.  That is why we perform a thorough diagnosis to determine the correct treatment plan for you.  We may use alternate forms of treatment, including milder forms of adjustment that do not produce a "pop" or "crack."

What causes the "pop" or "crack" sound during an adjustment?

Traditionally, chiropractic adjustment refers to a quick thrust applied to the vertebra to correct its alignment.  The adjustment is often accompanied by an audible "pop" or "crack" sound that comes from the movement of synovial fluid and a release of gas (nitrogen, CO2) within the joint, called a "cavitation."

I've heard that I shouldn't crack my knuckles.  Isn't it bad to crack my joints?

When done properly, chiropractic adjustment is restoring proper alignment of the spine or joints.  Chiropractors are specially trained to perform these adjustments without causing harm.  Untrained individuals should never attempt to pop or crack joints (including knuckles) because this can strain the joint.

Does treatment hurt?

As health care providers, we are guided by the principle to "do no harm" to our patients.  That is why we perform an extensive examination and review your health history to ensure that we perform the right treatments for your unique needs.  Some patients do experience a minor discomfort during a chiropractic adjustment / cavitation, and it is not uncommon to feel a little worse before you feel better.  However, if cavitation is contraindicated or if the patient is too uncomfortable, we can utilize other forms of treatment including milder adjustment techniques.

Common Treatment Questions

Please choose one of the following categories to view more answers to common questions:
Please bring the following to your first appointment:
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• Driver's License

• Insurance card

• All prior X-ray, MRI, and CT reports and disks

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9020 58th Drive East
Suite 102

Bradenton, FL 34202

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