When people decide to come and see a chiropractor, quite often they do not know what to expect and we hope that this article will explain what we do at Luck’s Yard Clinic.
Before the initial chiropractic examination, the chiropractor will take your full medical history and ask you to fill out our forms that provide background information about the symptoms and condition. Patients are also asked to provide information on family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments. After the history has been taken, a full and thorough physical examination with special attention focused upon your joints and your spine will take place.
A thorough chiropractic examination may include general tests such as postural assessment, extremity reflexes, as well as specific orthopaedic and neurological tests to assess range of motion of the affected joints, muscle tone and strength.
The chiropractor will then explain to the patient what they found during the examination and discuss a proposed treatment plan, if appropriate. Once the patient is happy with the treatment plan and is clear about the diagnosis, the treatment may commence.
If the chiropractor feels that further examination or tests are needed, such as blood test or x rays, or if perhaps the conditions is not suitable for chiropractic treatment, we will refer the patient back to his /hers GP to investigate the problem further. We work closely with the local GPs, midwives and consultants and we always encourage every patient to discuss any concerns or questions they may have.
If you have any further questions on this article please don’t hesitate to contact us.
By Mariana Ferencakova D.C., M.Sc.(Chiro), B.Sc(Chiro)