What to Expect
What to expect on your first visit.
Your first visit will consist of filling out or handing in paper work and a preliminary history form. Once we have all the information we need, we will have you meet with the doctor for a consultation.
The consultation consists of a good case history on your current health problems, but also your and your family’s significant health history. This is your opportunity to discuss all your health related issues. This also helps guide the doctor on what to look for during your exam as well as what tests to perform to identify the underlying causes of your problems.
Next will be an examination. This consists of a surface Emg test that reveals how much muscle spasm is occurring in your spine. This is a common reaction of the nervous system during spinal related problems. We will also perform a Dual Inclinometer Range of Motion examination using a computer based program that we will be able to compare to AMA Guidelines and also utilize to track your objective progress with care.
We will also perform Orthopedic Tests that tell us if there is joint damage. Next we perform neurological test for nerve damage, and finally a Chiropractic examination consisting of static and motion palpation of the spine and extremities. All test we perform are painless and we make sure that you know to tell the doctor if anything hurts.
This is a very through examination and may take up to 40 minutes to perform depending on the complexity of your case. Once we have completed the examination, the doctor will discuss with you his opinion. If he can help you, he will tell you. If he feels he is unable to help you, he will also try to refer you to someone who can.
Dr. Ball has been a physician in federal way for over 16 years. He consults and works with many physicians with different specialties on a regular basis.
“Will I need x-rays”
The need for any special tests, including x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans, etc, will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Special test is not required for all cases. Our goal is to be confident of our diagnosis as well as provide the patient the safest most competent health care at the most reasonable cost. We always explain the cost before providing any care, and we will always attempt to verify your insurance coverage by the end of your exam.