Chiropractic Newbie: What to Expect

A first time can make your imagination go wild and can sometimes give you jitters if you don’t know what to expect. When we want to finally consult a chiropractor for our back-pain dilemmas, most of the time we really do not know what to expect from a chiropractic care or approach because a first time is a first time and maybe we haven’t done enough research. Some chiropractors tend to leave treatments open-ended and do not leave patients enough information on what expect while undergoing treatment or what to do the day after they have finally started treatment. 

The most vital know how when it comes to chiropractic treatment is first and foremost a thorough chiropractic exam and that the initial treatment may last 45 minutes or more however follow-up consultations tend to be as short as 10 to 20 minutes. 

What are things you need to take note of before a chiropractor visit? 

  • History and Symptoms: Initially, chiropractic consultations involve filling out forms that helps in the chiropractor’s clinical analysis, this involves any background information of the patient and any symptoms that apply. These questions can range from when the pain started, location of the pain, description of the kind of pain felt which can be sharp, dull, burning or throbbing, how long the pain lasts or if the pain is felt after an injury. Patients are also asked for any pre-existing medications and other previous treatments. 
  • Chiropractic Exam: This exam includes general tests which involves taking of blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels and even reflexes. These tests help assess range of motion of the affected body part, muscle tone, muscle strength and the neurological integrity of the patient. A chiropractor may also ask the patient to move in a specific manner for posture analysis and further motion analysis. 
  • Diagnostic Studies: Diagnostic studies help in revealing pathologies and identifying abnormalities so that a more accurate diagnosis for the condition can be concluded. In most cases, an x-ray is used as a tool to help in making a diagnosis however it is not always needed. X-rays help in diagnosing any recent trauma, spondylarthritis or scoliosis. Due to radiation exposure, using x-rays are limited to cases that are deemed necessary. Soft tissue damage such as problems with discs, torn muscle or nerve compression also needs some checking and x-rays cannot do that, MRI scans are more appropriate in this part of the diagnosis. 

After all these stages or steps, the chiropractor will then explain the patient’s diagnosed condition along with the treatment plan with consideration of the length of the treatment. However, some chiropractors are fond of written diagnosis and it will be in the patient’s hands to study them but remember that you can always ask for further explanation. 

These are some of the most basic information about spinal pain solution Los Angeles you will need. I hope now you have a more vivid picture of what your chiropractic treatment will look like but you can always do more research on your own. Do visit their website for your chiropractic treatment needs and to book for an appointment.