During the first visit, the chiropractor spends time understanding the nature and history of the patient's condition. After reviewing the information provided in your signed patient intake form, your chiropractor will ask in-depth questions regarding the current health conditions relating to the patient's chief complaint. After obtaining a case history, a physical examination that is relevant to your area of complaint(s) will be conducted. A physical exam is a critical part of establishing an accurate diagnosis. It may include any or all of the following: Range of motion tests, palpation, orthopedic tests, neurological tests, or most frequently, X-ray imaging, MRI or blood tests.
By the time after the physical examination, your chiropractor should have a working diagnosis for the condition, sometimes a working diagnosis may change through the course of treatment, as new clinical symptoms or findings develop. The initial treatment may be conducted on the first or subsequent visits. Depending on your condition, it may or may not include a chiropractic adjustment. Advice on self-care, such as avoiding certain movements, applying ice/heat to the affected area, etc. may also be given.
Second Visit (Report Of Finding)
After completing a physical examination and/or with other necessary imaging studies, your chiropractor should have enough information to provide you with a diagnosis (a medical description for your condition, it will be explained what it means and the possible cause(s) of it.
Base on the diagnosis, a treatment plan that is appropriate for your condition will be presented to you. the discussion should include the recommended type of treatment, the benefits and risks involved, the course and frequency of treatment, potential lifestyle changes, expected outcomes and any possible adverse reactions. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions or to express any concerns regarding the treatment plan.
Depending on the severity of the patient's condition(s), a personalized treatment plan would have been structured by this point. Each follow-up treatment is important as it builds up from the previous treatments, progress is made along the way. it is highly advised to follow the recommended treatment plan for optimal results. Some times a re-view of most updated X-rays will be required to compare and observe the progress.