Examination and Health History: No Compromise Regarding Your Well-Being
A thorough and thoughtful practitioner will never compromise when it comes to gathering information with intent to understand their patient’s condition and the factors contributing to it. The better understood, the more exact and efficient the treatment can be. You should always expect an examination and health history wherever you go for care.
Your completion of the heath history forms is a significant part of the information gathering process. This allows us to proceed to the examination armed with a good basis of clinical data to aid consideration of possible contributors to your symptoms. Together they lead us in a specific direction toward safe and focused treatment. Additionally, armed with this information, the doctor can determine whether there may be other concerns and other specialists needed to complete your care.
In most cases, imaging of an area of concern with x-rays or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is not necessary. When there is a need for that information we will refer you to an imaging facility.
The physical examination includes the following components:
- Vital signs: blood pressure, pulse
- Orthopedic Testing: is done to determine the structural nature of your condition. Simply put, it is “stress testing” certain structures of the body to observe any reactions common to known conditions. Range-of-motion (ROM) testing is also done to observe the patient’s ability to move compared to known normal measurements.
- Neurological Testing: is done to determine the degree of nervous system involvement. Here we stimulate areas of the body to elicit reactions which indicate either normal or abnormal nerve function. A deep tendon reflex (DTR) with a reflex hammer is an example; a pinwheel test and muscle strength testing are others.
- Chiropractic Examination: is done to determine the nature of any misalignments or distortions in your joints primarily, but also in your soft tissues (muscles and connective tissues). Components may include:
- postural assessment
- spinal segment “reflexes”
- muscle tone, texture, and temperature palpation
- range of motion or palpatory motion of individual joints
- leg length inequality analysis
As an added note, “Did You Know…?”
And, of course, there are many hours spent as interns for student DCs and as residents for student MDs doing “real life” practical work, applying that course work in caring for real people while under the supervision of instructors and field doctors.
If you would like to discuss whether chiropractic care is right for you, just give us a call to schedule your complimentary consultation on the phone or in person.
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