Be ready to provide your medical history, which will be essential for preparing a course of treatment for you. Medical records, such as diagnostic test results, or imaging results, such as X-rays and MRIs, also will provide important information about your condition.
Certain things in your health history are particularly vital to a chiropractor. This information could provide important clues that will allow your chiropractor to properly diagnose your problem. Such clues include whether you have or have had:
Be prepared to answer such questions as:
Here's what to expect:
The first order of business is checking your vital signs, blood pressure, and a foot scan to see if your weight is distributed evenly.
Sometimes measurements will be taken to determine leg length. Next, you will be asked to do a series of simple and easy activities or movements. These movements will provide information about your motor skills, balance, and gait, among others. These tests also help determine your range of motion, muscle tone and strength, and integrity of your nervous system. Any abnormalities could provide clues about a condition. You may be asked to:
Next, a short physical exam by the chiropractor will involve palpation, or use of the hands, to explore the alignment of our spine and other structures, as well as provide information on any stimuli that may cause pain. Depending on your condition, a series of diagnostic tests may follow. These tests may include MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, blood work, and other laboratory tests, as well as a foot scan to determine if your weight is distributed evenly.
The Chiropractor may also consult with you about making important lifestyle changes, such as exercise, nutrition, and smoking cessation to improve our chances of healing faster or preventing further injury.