Your first appointment at the clinic is considered an initial appointment. An initial appointment begins with a case history and consultation which provides us with subjective information about your health, the nature of your complaint, and why you’re seeking treatment. To do this we use an acronym SOCRATES. This stands for site, onset, character, radiation, associated symptoms, timeline, exacerbating and relieving factors, and severity. In addition to these questions, we may ask you about your general health, family history and social history.