- The patient’s history and symptoms: To prepare for a consultation, you will be asked to fill out forms that will include information about your medical history, and background information about your symptoms and conditions.
- Chiropractic test: General tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes will be conducted. In addition, specific orthopedic and neurological tests will be performed in the affected area in order to assess range of motion, muscle tone, muscle strength, and neurological integrity. Further testing may be required to assess the affected area, which include posture analysis, patient’s movement, and chiropractic manipulation.
- Diagnostic studies: To diagnose the condition more accurately, diagnostic studies may be conducted to reveal pathologies and identify structural abnormalities. Diagnostic studies during chiropractic exams include x-ray, MRI scans and other laboratory exams.
- Specific diagnosis: Diagnosis will be established to determine if the condition will respond to chiropractic care.
At the end of your first visit, the chiropractor will inform you about the diagnosed condition, the chiropractic treatment plan as well as the expected length of chiropractic care.