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Dr. James Rippa

Chiropractic Physician

35 Turkey Hill Road
Suite 105
Belchertown, MA 01007
Phone: 413-323-1115
Fax: 413-650-5548

13 North Street
Ware, MA 01082
Phone: 413-967-0211
Fax: 413-650-5548

What to Expect On Your First Visit

At your first visit, you will be greeted by Dr. Rippa or a friendly staff member who will assist you with your initial paperwork in order to gather demographic information as well as your past medical history and details regarding your current ailment.

You will then have an initial consultation with Dr. Rippa who will take a complete health history. A physical examination will be performed to include the musculoskeletal system, a neurological assessment, and an orthopedic examination. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Rippa will discuss his findings with you. Treatment options, benefits and risks, as well as goals for care, will be explained in detail. Dr. Rippa will take the time needed to answer all of your questions.

A treatment plan will be designed to address your specific individual needs. Manual, hands-on therapy in the form of gentle manipulation or mobilization may be implemented to restore normal joint mechanics. Soft-tissues may be addressed with myofascial release techniques or other modalites including therapeutic ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, or hot/cold packs in order to reduce pain, inflammation, muscle spasm or increase blood circulation and thus speed up the healing process.

Dr. Rippa will also discuss ways to prevent re-injury, proper lifting techniques, provide nutritional counseling and may implement a therapeutic exercise program in order to maintain the positive results of the treatment plan.

Phase I - Relief Care

The majority of our patients begin chiropractic care because they have an ache or pain. In the first phase of chiropractic care, the main objective is to eliminate or reduce your pain and stabilize your condition in the shortest amount of time. Gentle chiropractic manipulation may be used to reduce tension in the spine. This may be supplemented with modalities such as hot/cold packs, electrical stimulation, or therapeutic ultrasound.

Phase II - Rehabilitative Care

Once your condition has stabilized, you enter the second phase of chiropractic care, where the objective is to correct any underlying injury or cause of discomfort, strengthen the muscles, and improve neuromusculoskeletal function. The frequency of office visits is reduced over a period of two to six weeks. During this phase you may be given a home exercise program in order to maintain any positive results.

Phase III - Wellness Care

This is the final stage of chiropractic care. Patient's will usually be seen on a frequency of once every one to six months. During this phase we will focus on improved health, encourage normal spinal function, prevent the return of the original condition, and catch small problems before they become serious. Patients will learn how to incorporate good nutrition and exercise habits into your everyday routine.

Office Forms - please fill out and bring with you to your first appointment.
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