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During the initial visit at Active Spine Chiropractic, you can expect your doctor to complete a thorough consultation and examination that takes approximately 45 minutes and includes:
You will be asked to fill out forms that provide background information about your symptoms and condition. You will also be asked to provide information on family medical history and previous or current healthcare providers. Some questions may include:
- When and how did the pain start? Where is it located?
- Did you have an accident or injury?
- What makes it better? What makes it worse?
After the history, our doctors will perform a thorough examination. In addition to general tests, such as: blood pressure, pulse, and reflexes, the examination will include specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:
- Ranges of motion
- Muscle tone
- Muscle strength
- Neurological integrity
Other Possible Diagnostic Studies
Diagnostic studies help our chiropractors in revealing pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities that more accurately diagnose a condition. They may or may not be deemed necessary based upon the results of the history and chiropractic examination. The most common diagnostic studies used by our chiropractors are:
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan
- Laboratory tests
Report of Findings and Treatment Plan
Once the doctor is able to review your exam results, he will give you a Report of Findings. In this report are recommended exercises, suggestions for Health and Wellness, and your recommended treatment plan. In most cases treatment begins right away, but there are some cases may warrant further diagnostic studies prior to beginning treatment and therefore treatment will be delayed until the results of the studies have been interpreted.