What happens during my initial visit?

Dr. Finn will take a complete health history, including questions about previous injuries or conditions, family history, your work and recreational activity history.

Following this, Dr. Finn will perform a physical examination designed to provide information regarding your diagnosis. During the physical examination, Dr. Finn may perform clinical diagnostic tests such as taking blood pressure, feeling pulses, listening to your lungs or heart. A neurological exam may be performed. There is an x-ray facility in our building and Dr. Finn may refer you for an x-ray if necessary. X-ray examinations are covered by OHIP.

Once these tests and examination are take into consideration, Dr. Finn will provide you with a diagnosis of your particular problem and discuss treatment options to manage the problem.

How long will treatment last?

Treatment and recovery from injury is individual and your progress will be re-assessed on an ongoing basis. Typically treatment takes one of 4 paths

1. Emergency or symptomatic care for acute pain, this occurs over the short term, long enough to relieve pain

2. Corrective or restorative care occurs over a longer period and is necessary for conditions that are chronic or have existed for an extended period of time.

3. Supportive care is ongoing care that is necessary for the patient to maintain their optimal level of function, if care is discontinued, patients requiring supportive care get worse.

4. Maintenance care or preventative care is ongoing care that promotes maximal levels of function and avoidance of future problems

Is Dr. Finn’s care covered by OHIP?

Chiropractic care is no longer funded by OHIP, most extended health care plans provide for chiropractic care. Injuries as a result of a workplace accident are covered by WSIB and injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident are covered by your auto insurer.

I’ve been told a chiropractor “cracks” your back?

When Dr. Finn adjusts or provides spinal manipulative care, the joints are moved, during this movement gases dissolved within joint fluid is released making a popping sound, just like opening a can of pop. 

Does the adjustment hurt?

Typically in the early stages of care muscles are tight and stretching or palpating around these injured structures may be somewhat uncomfortable, this is usually very short lived, most commonly patients feel a good deal of immediate relief. 

Do I need a referral from my medical doctor in order to see Dr. Finn?

No. As a chiropractor, Dr. Finn is a primary or first contact health care provider. Your family physician may refer you to Dr. Finn based on his or her experience with your condition but it is not a must.