What a patient can expect during first consultation
A good chiropractor will do everything in their power to relieve their patient’s symptoms within the shortest time possible. They will try to give heal their patients within a few visits and also offer education on how to avoid future occurrences of back pains among others. Chiropractic care is a field which is filled with a wide range of treatment techniques and philosophies. This means that a patient seeking for this treatment needs to have a proper understanding of what they are up against.
During the first visit, it would be better for a patient to understand the whole chiropractic treatment program and even the diagnosis. Many people have no idea what they can expect during their first visit to a chiropractor. Below are some of the things that one can expect will happen;
The first interview
There are people who go for a phone interview with their desired doctor. In this interview, they can basically focus on the chiropractor’s philosophy, their general approach and preferences if there are any. In this case, there is no clinical exam. Once you make the visit, there will be a clinical exam which will basically introduce you to the treatment program. This clinical exam includes;
Patient’s symptoms and history
As a patient is being prepared for the consultation, your doctor may want to have some information about their patient. This is why one will be asked to fill out forms. It includes a background information about all your symptoms and condition of your body. Some of the questions you can expect to answer include when and how the pain started in your body. They may also request you to describe the pain including its location.
A family medical history may also be needed as well as prior injuries. Current or previous health treatments may also be requested.
The chiropractic exam
Once the doctor has your medical history including that of your family, then they will carry out a chiropractic exam. There are general tests performed such as pulse, respiration, blood pressure and reflexes. There will also be a specific neurological and orthopedic tests which will help to reveal; motion range of the affected area, muscle tone and strength as well as neurological integrity.
There may be a need to go for further tests which will help you to assess those areas which have been affected. For instance, you may be requested to move in a specific manner as well as manipulation of the affected area.
This is done based on the results of the history of the patient as well as the outcome of the chiropractic exam. These studies are done in order to reveal and identify structural abnormalities. This will help a chiropractor to assess and diagnose a disease more accurately. These diagnostic studies include MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), X-ray exam and other laboratory tests.