Diagnosis is reached only after thorough examination of the patient, including: case history and physical examination, standard orthopaedic and neurological tests, observation of posture to assess biomechanical stresses, examination of individual joints and X-rays or imaging (when clinically necessary).
Before treatment starts patients are told in clear, simple language, what is wrong, what can be done about it and what to expect during treatment.
Gowns are made available for patients to wear for the examination and treatment. As it is important to feel relaxed during treatment, some patients choose to wear gym clothes.
Treatment and patient management consists of a wide range of techniques designed to improve the function of the joints and relieve pain and muscle spasm. Such skilled manipulation is very specific, directed at individual joints in order to reduce strains and improve mobility in one area without disturbing another.
Chiropractors also offer advice about lifestyle, work and exercise in order to manage the condition and prevent a recurrence of the problem. A part of getting better is up to you, so please follow any instructions and advice carefully and completely. You will also be advised of all costs that relate to your future care. It would be appropriate, at this point, for your chiropractor to tell you of any likelihood of a recurrence of your problem, and the possible need for any ongoing supportive care. This is not an unusual situation for patients who have had serious injuries, as well as those who have long-term problems due to wear and tear to the joints.