Chiropractors - Pennsylvania, Westmoreland County
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What should I expect when I first visit a Chiropractor?
1. Significant Health History
Prior to meeting with your chiropractor, most offices ask you to fill out a form that will provide the doctor with background information about your conditions, when they started and what were the noticeable symptoms. You may be asked to sign a release for your doctor to obtain a copy of your medical records from other practitioners. Some likely questions include:
- When, where and how did your pain start?
- Where does the pain hurt the most?
- Have you ever had an injury to your spine?
- When does it hurt the most?
- When does it hurt the least?
2. Physical Examination
Now that you have finished your health history, you will most likely enter an examination or treatment room, where you will undergo a comprehensive physical examination. This is as harmless as an examination at a family physician's or dentist's office. Because your spine is the gateway for information to travel from your brain to your organs and limbs, Chiropractors perform a lot of the usual tests that your family physician would. For example, surveys like blood pressure, pulse, reflexes and respiration. Your Chiropractor will also test particular neurological and orthopedic responses to gain information about the range of motion of the affected area, neurological consistency, muscle tone and strength. The Doctor of Chiropractic might possibly further examine you to better assess what diagnostic studies he or she will have to perform.
3. Diagnostic Study
The final culmination of the history, examination and diagnostic studies results in a specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, the Chiropractor will determine if the condition will react to Chiropractic care.
The final culmination of the history, examination and diagnostic studies results in a specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, the chiropractor will determine if the condition will react to chiropractic care.
5. Treatment Plan & Adjustment
If your diagnosis calls for the care of a Chiropractor, he/she will then discuss with you a treatment plan (methods used), frequency of appointments, costs, helpful tips and a general description of your personal healing process. You might be capable of receiving an adjustment the same day. Your doctor will likely recommend a series of visits. Chiropractic, like most manual therapies, relies on repeated interventions over time to achieve maximum effect. If you have any questions at all about the treatment plan, be sure to ask them. If you don't begin to experience improvement within a week or two, raise the question of whether the treatment is working. If you are not seeing significant improvement within a month, consider seeking another kind of care, or a second opinion.
Questions to ask on your first visit to a Chiropractor:
1. What do you believe is causing and the pain, and or what is the problem area?
2. Are there other treatment options that i should consider at this time?
3. What is the anticipated length of time before I begin to notice an improvement?
4. If this form does not work as expected, what other steps should i take?
5. What other active care can I do myself to contribute to my overall recovery?
6. Will you speak to my family doctor about your treatments? Your chiropractor should ideally work in conjunction with your family physician to ensure your best recovery.
Precautions to warn your Chiropractor about:
Osteoporosis: If you suffer from loss of bone calcium, or osteoporosis, warn your Chiropractor about any results from the osteoporosis (past and present fractures, inflammation, etc.) even if it has not had anything to do with your spine.
Fractures & Sprains: Whether you broke your arm skiing 10 years ago, or sprained your foot last month, it is best to inform your chiropractor of all fractures and sprains in your history. Even if you don't think it is relevant, injuries from the past can come back to haunt other parts of your body.
Signs of Infection: If you observed any signs of infection anywhere on your body, let your chiropractor know, he may or may not treat these infections, but will help in assisting a cure.
Circulatory Problems: Poor Circulation of blood through out your body is an important thing to tell your Chiropractor about. For example, if you are visiting a Chiropractor for low back pain, your circulatory problem might seem irrelevant, but your body is a system that reflects itself; therefore, many ailments are due to a group of problems which could include your circulation.