New Patient Information


Individualized Diagnosis &Treatment Plan

During your first visit, Dr. Groft will discuss your medical history, current problems and any concerns you may have about your health.

He will conduct a thorough examination, which may include posture and gait analysis, joint and muscle testing and, if necessary, safe, low dose X-rays. Generally, a routine, first-visit will take one hour.  Additional visits will average 15-30 minutes pending on treatment plan.

Based on the outcome of this exam, Dr. Groft will formulate a diagnosis and individualized treatment plan.

If it is determined that yours is not a chiropractic case, he will refer you to another health care professional.

Four Phases of Chiropractic Treatment

If Dr. Groft determines that you can benefit from Chiropractic treatment, he will suggest a treatment plan that consists of four phases: Relief, Corrective, Rehabilitative and Wellness.


The Relief Phase, when your symptoms are most intense, is designed to reduce these symptoms and inflammation. This may involve other therapies, such as electronic muscle stimulation, ultrasound and massage therapy, to relieve pain and promote faster recovery.


The Corrective Phase helps you achieve increased function and mobility after your symptoms are either gone or significantly improved.


The Rehabilitative Phase focuses on strengthening the spinal structures in their proper positions and ensuring that correction is maintained. In this phase, you should see increased strength and mobility, as well as increased energy and function.


The Wellness Phase occurs when you have achieved optimal health. At this point, you may choose to schedule periodic Chiropractic exams to help maintain health and prevent new injuries.

Required Forms

Patients visiting Athens Chiropractic Healthcare for the first time must complete the required forms below:

  • NEW Patient Medical History Form.  This form can be completed quickly and easily ONLINE — or your can bring print and complete the form at home to bring to you first visit.
  • Patient Agreement Form. This form is to be completed at your first visit. It includes statements giving permission to treat you, agreement to pay charges that you may incur, and understanding of your rights to privacy and to ask questions about your care and safety.

Printable Forms

New Patient Information Form (pdf)

Patient Agreement Form (pdf)

Helpful Hints

Arrive early for your appointment (10-15 minutes) to complete or update any forms and check-in at the clinic.

Bring a copy of your insurance card and a photo ID.

Bring a list of any  medications with you to your appointment.

Anticipate that a routine first-visit will take one hour of your time.