The first visit to the chiropractor can include different manual or physical exams of the body, including areas experiencing discomfort. Scans, tests and X-rays are taken to form a baseline for treatment as well as to expose problem areas. An initial consultation with a review of the test results is another important first step in chiropractic care.
Please describe what the physical chiropractic exam involves.
Dr. Gary Weinstein: The exam in our office involves an orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic exam. For orthopedic tests, there is about 66 different tests that are run based on the individual’s needs and concerns. The orthopedic tests are somewhat subjective. A lot of orthopedic tests are based on pain where we are looking for things like herniated discs and involvement that way. The neurologicals are again, that is what they do, we are checking for the neurological component of the problem and the chiropractic exam where we are looking for the subluxations, fixations and everything along those lines.
What type of equipment is used during the first chiropractic exam?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: We use our hands. The three parts that I described there are done by the doctor. We also use a surface EMG scan which shows us normal and abnormal nerve function, an asymmetry scan which shows us which side the muscles adjacent to the spine are pulling on harder one side than the other, an infrared thermal scan which shows us temperature difference one inch on each side of the spine as well as a computerized range of motion study. These are all computerized exams which allow us to a. give us a baseline of where you are but also, b. give us objective findings as far as follow-up exams. Not only do we track how you are doing subjectively, which is how you feel and how you function, but also objectively as well.
Are x-rays always taken during a first chiropractic visit?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: I would not say always but for the most part they are. It needs to be determined on an individual basis. There are some exceptions there but for the most part, we do take x-rays so that we can see what we are working with and what we are doing. I have been in practice for going on 34 years now and I have seen so many things show up on film that could not be determined otherwise that it is in the best interest of the patient and the doctor as well, so we can see what is happening. That way we can track that and we can also then take post films and we can show the patient, this is where you were, this is where you are. Objectively see, this is what is changing, these are our goals and we are reaching them. Films are very, very important in what we do.
What type of information is included in the report of findings?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: Well, when we do the report of findings, that would be the next day that you would come into the office. My doctors and I would have sat down, gone over everything, put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Then we sit down with the patient, oftentimes with their spouse as well, and explain to them what the tests were that we ran, what the results were, go over all the findings. We would show them their x-rays. Show them what normal is and also where they are and any phases of degeneration that are going on and point out the problems to them and what it would take. We then go over what it would take to get things, a. relieved but, b. more so corrected so that the underlying problems that they have and the symptoms that they’re experiencing don’t go on to haunt them for the rest of their lives.
How do you determine how often a patient should be seen for follow-up visit?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: We do that and it’s all objective but it’s also based on 34 years of experience. I know what patients, how they respond, what condition the spine is in, what it is going to take. There are also guidelines out there that show and determine this condition should take this many. Those are just general guidelines. Mainly it is based more on experience but also on our follow-up exams. We are doing follow-up exams so that we can see, measure, monitor the patient’s improvement, determine if we are on the right schedule, we are on the right track or do we need to alter it and change it. Visits are a dynamic aspect. Generally, I am pretty close. I have been doing this for a long time but we follow up so that we can know what we are doing and get the patient into the best treatment plan, what is best for them.
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We live in Huntsville, AL and travel 800 miles to be adjusted by Gary and his staff! They are the best!
Such wonderful care, every visit! I started coming here for adjustments during my pregnancy. My back and sciatic nerve pain were unbearable. I literally could barely walk when I first came in. If it weren’t for Drs. Kristal, Gary, & Curtis, & I don’t know how I would have made it through the pregnancy without being confined to bedrest. Thank you all for such great continued care!
Very nice and efficient people. I was able to get my husband in very quickly to get help with his issues and they jumped right at it to get sorted out. Could not have picked a better place to go.
Gary T. – Playing football my entire life including being a member of the 1976 University of Pittsburgh National Championship Team, I’ve had my experience with injuries. As I progressed through adulthood, I had some serious issues with my shoulders and knees. I was considering surgery on my knees due to not being able to walk on them without severe pain and swelling. I was referred to Dr. Weinstein by a friend, and after a few treatments, my knees felt like I could play football again. My knees had no more swelling, pain or discomfort in them. One thing I experienced with Dr. Weinstein was he really cared and worked with me, going that extra mile. I have sent many of my friends to Dr. Weinstein, and they all have had the same experience with similar results. Dr. Weinstein is simply the best and, without surgery, gave me my quality of life back. I would highly recommend anyone who is contemplating surgery to give Dr. Weinstein a try. In my opinion and through my experience and the experience of many of my friends, Dr. Weinstein works miracles.
My son and I absolutely love this place & everyone that works there!!! They are patient, kind, take their time with you, and they genuinely care about their patients!! We would never go anywhere else! They are the best!!!!!
I was experiencing excruciating pain in my lower back which was radiating down my legs. This was after having surgery that was supposed to relieve my pain and suffering. Often the only way I could get relief was to lie flat on my back on the floor. I began to think about going to see Dr. Weinstein, since a friend had highly recommended him to me. Unfortunately, I had an irrational fear and distrust of chiropractors.
When I finally overcame my fear and reluctance and decided to see Dr. Weinstein, I was very nervous. However, his calm demeanor and caring manner soon put me at ease. What was really amazing about my first visit with Dr. Weinstein was how much time he and his staff spent with me. They took a thorough and complete medical history, asked lots of questions about my health problems and gave me a very thorough exam both hands on and with diagnostic equipment.
I have to admit that I was very scared when Dr. Weinstein first adjusted me. I did not even want to allow him to adjust my cervical spine because of a congenital condition I have which involves my brain and cervical spine. Dr. Weinstein told me that if I let him adjust me on a regular basis, I would no longer need to take the medication that I was then taking for my condition. I politely listened to him but did not believe him. At the time, I was taking four pills a day. After treating with Dr. Weinstein on a regular basis, I quit taking that medication entirely.
I have now been treating with Dr. Weinstein for over ten years. To say that Dr. Weinstein has helped me would be a tremendous understatement. He has helped me work through the pain of auto accidents and the pains and strains that come when you are over 60 years old and shovel too much snow, or lift too much weight. Thanks to Dr. Weinstein, I now work out at the gym, ride bike trails and I am able to sit at my desk at work for hours when the need arises.
Go see Dr. Weinstein. Get adjusted. All you have to lose is your pain.
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Truly terrific doctors! We’ve never felt better
I have suffered from migraines for more than 20 years. I have tried everything from over the counter “stuff”, prescription medications, natural remedies, logging food triggers, testing for hormonal imbalances, seeing neurologists, pain specialists, you name it-I’ve tried it, even chiropractic care before Weinstein. Every avenue a dead end with the migraines becoming stronger and lasting longer in intensity. I learned to just live with the pain, and my family (including my four children) learned to live around my down and out days spent laying in our dark bedroom.
A close friend of mine started chiropractic care for her two daughters and could not stop raving about how amazing these doctors were and the immediate results she saw in her children. Putting my skepticism aside, that they were just another chiropractor, I sent my husband in first (the family guinea pig, if you will) who suffered from back pain. He too came home raving about the care the doctors took getting to know him and how great he felt after the first visit. Shouting it from the mountain top for trying to convince every person he’s ever met to come see these chiropractors-why waste another minute of your life in pain! I of course had to see what the fuss was about. . .
From the second you walk in the doors here, everything is about positivity and your care, getting you to a place where you can feel your best. And not the cheesy kind of positivity that you cant wait to run screaming from- These people genuinely care about you. Every patient has an individualized plan, that can be revised at your comfort level at any time. The staff is a truly amazing group of people, that go out of their way for you, they are such a kind group of people, and honestly, just really fun to be around.
Since I started going to Weinsteins, I have only had one terrible migraine, of which i called the office and was told to come on in right away, I saw a doctor within half hour of starting the migraine and immediately after my adjustment felt the pressure releasing from my head and within a few hours had no pain at all, like nothing had ever happened. I no longer worry about my day to day and if i will be unable to function for my family, or if i will ruin plans or an upcoming event. I feel amazing and cannot recommend these doctors highly enough.They are truly a cut above the rest!
My journey to better health and wellness began this past May 2016. At that time, I had developed severe pain in my left buttocks. Although standing was painless, sitting was extremely painful. The pain became very distracting, particularly while driving. At that point I knew I had to get help. Everyone diagnosed a sciatic nerve problem and recommended seeing a chiropractor. Fortunately, one of my surgical assistants had been treated in the past by Dr. Gary Weinstein and highly recommended him.
My first visit to Weinstein Chiropractic Center was miraculous! The various state of the art diagnostic scans and x-rays were impressive. As Dr. Gary reviewed the results at my initial consult, I realized that 30 years of being an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, as well as some trips and falls along the way, had taken its toll. Standing with bad posture while performing surgery all day long resulted in significant abnormal curvatures in my spinal column with the end result culminating in severe pain in my buttocks. But there was hope, which became apparent after my first treatment session.
Although the preliminary plan was to treat my spinal column degenerative damage, treatment was also directed to my right wrist, right knee, and both feet. In particular, I have to commend Dr. Kristal for her keen diagnostic awareness of my foot problems. After my first series of adjustments, not only was my backside feeling better; my knee was feeling better; my feet were feeling fantastic; for the first time in years, I had NO pain in my right wrist!
Prior to visiting Weinstein Chiropractic Center, I felt certain that I was going to need surgery on my right wrist to be able to continue performing oral surgery. I knew relief from using Advil daily was not going to last forever. I have now gone from taking 800mg of Advil twice a day to being completely Advil free for two months! Being pain free, avoiding surgery, and being medication free for not only my wrist, but also my knee is miraculous! With the maintenance chiropractic care program I’m in now, I feel that my surgical career can continue for as long as I want to practice; I won’t be forced to retire due to debilitating degenerative conditions.
From my recent chiropractic experience, I feel everyone should at least have a consultation to learn the potential benefits of chiropractic care. At this point, I am sure that my chiropractic wellness program will keep me active and healthy. I am committed to chiropractic care for life.
Needless but important to say, every member of the Weinstein Chiropractic Center is friendly, helpful, professional, and committed to making you feel comfortable. All three doctors (Gary, Curtis, and Kristal) are excellent and provide optimal care. Rest assured, if they can’t fix your problem, they will refer you to the appropriate health care facility.
I know there are no guarantees in life; however, I would be very surprised if chiropractic care didn’t help in some fashion to better everyone’s health. Every organ, tissue, and cell in the body is supplied by or affected by nerves. If the weight of a quarter can cause a nerve in a rat to malfunction, it only stands to reason that the pressure of an abnormal curvature or dislocated spinal column on the spinal cord or nerves existing the spinal column can have many and vast negative effects on the tissues and organs they supply resulting in some sort of bad health issue. So whatever the end problem, why not try to fix it at the beginning. If the roof is collapsing, it only makes sense to check the foundation and fix it. The chiropractic team is committed to fixing the foundation before the roof collapses, and in my case raising the roof while correcting the foundation. I only regret not seeking chiropractic care before my foundation deteriorated.
Thanks Gary, Curtis, Kristal, and the entire Weinstein staff for accepting the challenge of fixing my problems. It will definitely require a team effort and lifelong commitment for better health and wellness. Thank you Kelsie for referring me!
Dr. George Visnich
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