Meeting with a new doctor or healthcare professional can be quite an anxious experience for many of us. Will the pain be better or get worse? Will the treatment be effective? Is the doctor experienced enough? These are some common questions running through our head. With a series of nerve-wracking questions, it can be quite difficult to invest faith and optimism towards your first chiropractic visit. However, if you know what is going to happen, chances are you may be less anxious and more prepared toward what to expect from your first chiropractic visit.
Before an actual visit, it is always a good idea to speak to your chiropractor over a short call. Most people call up their local chiropractic clinic to ask some simple questions about the doctor’s professional experience, philosophy, approach to treatment, etc. You can also search them up online to check their website and Google reviews to get a better idea about the doctor’s treatments.
Health history and symptoms
Once you have evaluated the clinic and decide to pay a visit, the first thing they will ask you to do is to fill up a form. A chiropractic form will include filling up details of your health background, past surgeries, medications, history of hypertension, diabetes, past injuries, etc. Moreover, a detailed account of symptoms and conditions will also be asked such as describing onset of pain, location, the kind of pain, the injury associated with it and conditions or food habits that make it worse. In addition, some level of family history may also be asked to make sure that pre-existing medical conditions are ruled out or are revealed in detail to the doctor before the actual treatment commences.
Once a detailed account of health and medical history is gathered, the patient is then sent for chiropractic examination which includes:
- General tests pertaining to blood pressure and respiration
- Check on reflexes, muscle strength and tone
- Neurological health
In addition, further tests like posture analysis, moving injured body part in a specific direction may be prescribed. Some chiropractic manipulation may also be performed to conduct a detailed prognosis.
Once the patient history and detailed examination are conducted, the chiropractor will deduce a plan and recommendations. In some cases this may take a day or two as the clinic may await some test results. Based on the results of two step examinations, the chiropractor may or may not recommend a diagnosis of structural abnormalities through x-ray, MRI or other alternative laboratory tests to decipher complex health ailments if any. Usually a chiropractor will only recommend it if there is a reason for them to believe that the diagnostic study will give them additional information, helpful in the chiropractic treatment.
With a combination of health history, patient examination and diagnostic study, the chiropractor will decide the line of treatment and is likely to give some timelines on when the positive result would start to show. Moreover, in some cases the chiropractor may also recommend advanced treatments rather than just chiropractic treatment to get faster and long lasting results for pain or injury.
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