Good chiropractors do everything they can to help relieve the symptoms of their patients as quickly as possible. They do this with as few treatments as possible and also offer advice on how to avoid future occurrence of back pain.
Since the chiropractic practice involves a large variety of philosophies and techniques, patients seeking chiropractic therapy shouldn’t hesitate to ask questions pertaining to the examination, diagnosis and treatment. Some people prefer to conduct initial interviews with their local chiropractors Kelowna offices either by talking to them over the phone or by meeting them in person. The main focus of the discussion is the chiropractor’s philosophy, technique, expertise, and general approach and the preferences of the patient. However, such a consultation session or initial interview doesn’t include a clinical exam.
The first in-office clinical exam or your first appointment with the chiropractor generally includes the following stages.
Patient History and Symptoms
To prepare for the chiropractic consultation, the patient will have to fill out forms in order to provide background information regarding their symptoms and condition. The questions asked are regarding the history of discomfort or pain such as how and when did the pain or discomfort start and where it is located. The patient will also be asked to describe the pain or discomfort that they’re experiencing, such as whether the pain is sharp, throbbing, dull or searing. Another common question is whether the pain is continuous or does it come and go.
The patient will also be asked whether the pain started after an injury or accident. Do note that the injury could also be to any other part of the spine and still cause discomfort or pain in another part. For example, an injury to the neck can also lead to back pain since the spinal arrangement could be disturbed. The patient may also be asked to describe the circumstances or activities that make the pain or discomfort better or worse.
Other than these questions or the ones similar to them, patients will also be asked to provide family medical history such as prior injuries, existing medical conditions or any previous or current health treatments.
The Chiropractic Exam
After answering all the questions, the chiropractor will conduct a thorough chiropractic exam that includes general tests such as pulse, respiration, blood pressure, reflexes and several other neurological and orthopedic tests. These tests assess the range of motion, muscle strength and tone, and neurological integrity.
Your chiropractor may also conduct tests for the assessment of the affected area such as asking the patient to move in a particular manner. Posture analysis and chiropractic manipulation are also important parts of the chiropractic exam.
Depending on the results of the chiropractic exam and patient’s history, the chiropractor may conduct diagnostic studies to reveal pathologies and identify any structural abnormalities. Diagnostic studies aren’t always necessary, however. X-rays, MRIs, and other laboratory tests are common diagnostic studies.
After the initial visit, the chiropractor will explain the diagnosed condition and the treatment plan. The patient can then choose whether or not to opt for chiropractic care.