New Patient Appointments / Initial Evaluation / Treatment
Are you a candidate for Dr. Elster's care? Contact Dr. Elster to discuss your case and/or to make an appointment.
The new patient evaluation includes discussion of your health history, spinal exam and two state-of-the-art diagnostic tests: Paraspinal Digital Infrared Imaging and Laser-aligned Cervical X-rays. Any previous medical records including x-rays, MRI's, lab tests, etc. will be reviewed. The evaluation requires approximately 90 minutes to complete. Following the analysis of your diagnostic tests, Dr. Elster will review with you the examination findings and plan for treatment.
After the evaluation, regular care begins, which involves digital infrared imaging on each visit, as well as an upper cervical chiropractic adjustment as needed. The goal of care is to correct the misalignment of the upper cervical spine until it stabilizes in its correct position thereby allowing injured nerves, muscles, and soft tissue to heal.
Most patients achieve initial results within the first two to four weeks of care and continue to improve over the following weeks or months of care. Healing time varies and depends upon several factors including the age of the patient, severity of the condition, and the length of time the condition has been present.
Average care regimen for adults: On average a patient is seen two times per week for two to four weeks; one time per week during the second month; once every other week for the third month; and once per month until complete stabilization of the injury occurs. However, each individual's care plan is specifically designed for his or her case. Pediatric cases typically require less care than adults.
Compatibility with Existing Health Care: The restoration of proper nerve function through IUCCA upper cervical care is consistent with other health care you may currently be receiving. You should not discontinue any other health care and/or medications without first consulting your other providers. Dr. Elster encourages you to continue to consult with any such providers to coordinate your health recovery and maintenance.