What to Expect

What to Expect Laura Hotten May 22, 2022
By Appointment Only

Appointments available Monday thru Friday

Specialized treatment

Precise and gentle care for acute and chronic conditions

Discover the Why

Focusing on the root cause of symptoms

First Appointment Detailed Upper Cervical Chiropractic Assessment

A new patient workup includes a consultation, detailed history, exam, postural evaluation, infrared thermography upper cervical scan and a Cone Beam CT Scan.

Dr. Dutson will perform a computer-assisted analysis of the CT scan to determine if there is an upper cervical misalignment before you return for your next visit. Your scans will also be sent to a radiologist for additional review and that report will be available to discuss at your next visit.

Upper Cervical Care San Antonio TX

Cone Beam CT Scanner (CBCT)

We use the latest 3D CT imaging and a computerized analysis to help us detect and precisely measure a spinal misalignment. This allows us to develop your individualized prescription for an upper cervical correction.

Please note: No spinal correction will be made on the first visit. The goal of this visit is to collect all the information that Dr. Dutson needs to determine the best approach for care. Therefore, after your first office visit we will schedule a convenient and timely follow-up appointment for you.

Second Appointment Doctor's Report of Findings

After your first appointment, we will analyze the data we collected during your initial exam. When you return to the office, Dr. Dutson will review your CBCT imaging, radiology report and exam findings with you. He will answer any questions and concerns you may have as he informs and educates you about the findings. If a misalignment has been confirmed, Dr. Dutson will discuss next steps and move forward with your spinal adjustment.  

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Initial Spinal Adjustment

You will receive your first gentle and precise, laser-guided adjustment. This does not involve any twisting, cracking, or popping of the neck. Immediately afterward you will rest in an anti-gravity position to give your nervous system time to begin responding to the adjustment. Then we will recheck your positive neuro indicators to evaluate your body’s initial response to the adjustment.

Assessment & Plan of Action

We put the Cone Beam CT images and the computerized analysis up on the big screen and we discuss the findings together. All questions will be answered before moving forward with care. If indicated, we perform the first upper cervical adjustment on this visit utilizing a laser guided instrument. There is no twisting or cracking of the neck. The adjustment is followed by resting in a zero gravity chair to take the weight off the head and neck and allow the initial correction time to stabilize. treatment.

We discuss a treatment plan specific to your unique situation that will give you the best chance to achieve optimal results from your upper cervical care. As you progress in your recovery, Dr. Dutson will make modifications as needed in your treatment plan to align with your body’s response to upper
cervical care.

Let the Healing Begin

The goal of care is to reduce your spinal misalignment and improve your nervous system’s balance and function. This helps set the stage for your brain, spinal cord, and nerves to optimize your body’s function and healing potential.  

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    Office Policy

    Please note: Dr. Dutson is NOT a participating provider with any insurance company. THRIVE is private pay. We do not accept insurance or bill insurance companies. This allows us to focus 100% on you and the factors that support your health and well-being. We do not participate in PI, WC, Medicare, or Medicaid. Payment is due at the time of service and we accept cash, check, credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express & Discover) in addition to HSA/Flexible Spending cards. 

    Cancellation Policy-

    24-hour notice is required or a $35 fee will apply for missed appointments.

    1st Visit
    Consultation & Exam

    A new patient workup includes a consultation, detailed history, exam, postural evaluation, infrared thermography upper cervical scan, and Cone Beam CT Scan.

    Dr. Dutson will perform a computer-assisted analysis of the CT Scan in order to determine if there is an upper cervical misalignment before you return for your next visit. Your scans will also be sent to a radiologist for additional review and that report will be available to discuss at your next visit. 

     

    2nd Visit
    Assessment & Plan of Action

    We put the CBCT images up on the big screen and we discuss the findings together. All questions will be answered before moving forward with care. If indicated, we perform the first upper cervical adjustment on this visit utilizing a laser-guided instrument. There is no twisting or cracking of the neck. The adjustment is followed by resting in a zero gravity chair to allow the initial correction time to stabilize. We go over the results of the exam and computerized analysis of the imaging. If indicated we perform the first upper cervical correction on this visit utilizing a laser-guided instrument that does not require any twisting or cracking of the neck. This is followed by resting in a zero gravity chair to allow the initial correction to begin to stabilize. 

    We discuss a treatment plan specific to your unique situation that will give you the best chance to achieve optimal results from your treatment. As you progress in your care, Dr. Dutson will make modifications as needed in your treatment plan to align with your body's response to upper cervical care. 

    Additional Visits as Clinically Indicated
    Follow up
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