‘Is the treatment going to hurt?’ ‘Can you help me?’
These are two questions commonly asked of chiropractors. It is normal to feel nervous and unsure about something for the first time, especially if you think chiropractors simply ‘crack backs’ all day!
What you need to realise is that a chiropractor is a highly trained health professional with many years of specialised university education.
Michael Davis, Chiropractor, has more than 25 years clinical experience, and a strong track record of happy clients. His assessments take place at a pace his clients are comfortable with. Safety always comes first.
Dr Davis’s 8 Assessment Steps:
Step 1. You provide your medical history.
The treatment process begins with you filling out a new patient form. This provides us with your details and, in your own words, an explanation of what your concern might be and the reason for your visit.
Step 2. We review your medical history.
After reviewing your reason for visiting us, we take a thorough patient history. The purpose of this is to explore all the details of your problem. Including: where, when and how you experience the problem and to what extent. What alleviates and aggravates the issue and your previous treatment, if any.
Step 3. A physical examination.
Following on from this patient history, we will then undertake a thorough physical examination. This may include, but is not limited to, ranges of motion, areas of restriction, orthopaedic and neurological tests, X-ray findings and the like. Particular orthopaedic tests can be performed to reveal any potential risks from chiropractic treatment and indicate whether further investigation of your problem is warranted.
Step 4. Can we help you?
With all the examination results at hand, we will discuss your diagnosis. Only then will we decide whether chiropractic treatment can be of benefit to you. Occasionally, referral to another practitioner maybe required.
Step 5. Treatments clearly explained.
Given your diagnosis, we will then discuss the different treatment options available to you for the best clinical outcome. We will also inform you about any risks associated with various treatment options.
Step 6. Treatment type determined.
We have a number of different techniques for treating various conditions. Modalities may include: adjustments, manipulation, soft tissue therapy, rehabilitative exercises, reflex techniques, postural advice, and nutritional recommendations.
Step 7. Patient consent
Treatment is only rendered after your written consent is given.
Step 8. Treatment provided.
Your chiropractor will tailor your treatment to your specific needs. The general aim of all treatment is to reduce your pain and improve function. We will keep thorough clinical notes during every treatment. Notes will include both subjective and objective findings, the treatment performed, and post-treatment results.
For further advice on maintaining your spine health book an appointment online today or phone (08) 8178 0181.