Chiropractic care is a distinctive practice that treats individuals suffering from a number of debilitating ailments, including nerve damage, whiplash, arthritis and chronic joint pain. Prior to providing a patient with treatment, however, reputable chiropractors will always engage in an assessment of the individualized needs of each patient.
Understanding how chiropractors analyze a patient’s body to determine the best course of treatment can help patients themselves better understand the necessary steps before the adjustment phase. Chiropractic assessments often use empirical evidence gathered using medical instruments, in conjunction with the patient’s description of their symptoms. Radiological imaging is also a critical tool.
At Stability Health Center, we believe a proper diagnosis of our Seattle patients depends entirely on the thoroughness of our evaluations. We always put assessment first, because we know it’s the most essential step toward delivering appropriate chiropractic care.
Understanding patient history
Prior to beginning any type of formal examination, chiropractors will sit down with patients and go over their medical history together. Chiropractors may also ask patients about working conditions or traumatic events, like car crashes, that could be contributing to the patient’s symptoms.
Chiropractors use a holistic approach to medical treatment, meaning every detail regarding your health and daily routine is relevant to a final diagnosis. Accurately describing your personal history and routine, as well as your family’s medical history, is an essential part of receiving an accurate chiropractic diagnosis. Nothing is overlooked, meaning nothing is ruled out until there’s definitive proof one way or another.
As a note: you should also be certain to disclose the details of your symptoms as accurately as possible. Try to inform the practitioner about when you first noticed symptoms during your assessment, for example, or to what degree they affect you.
Once the chiropractor has a thorough understanding of your medical history, they will most likely begin a physical examination. The examination will typically consist of measurements relating to your blood pressure, weight, reflexes, and muscle tone. Palpitation of the spine is also important, as many subluxations or misalignments can be felt to confirm or qualify potential issues.
Physical examinations will also test your range of motion, particularly in areas affected by your symptoms. Many chiropractors will also analyze your posture, both seated and standing. In some cases, they will also conduct an orthopedic test to rule out bone degradation as the cause of your symptoms.
Finally, chiropractic practitioners will use diagnostic research to further determine the cause of your symptoms. In most cases, x-ray imaging will be conducted on the day of your assessment. This will allow the practitioner to get an inside peek at any abnormalities that may be causing your symptoms, with physical evidence via films.
Putting it all together
Following a complete chiropractic assessment, a practitioner will sit down with their patients to present a diagnosis and establish a treatment plan. This ensures the patient understands thoroughly their spinal condition and what needs to be done to correct it. All of this comes full circle to adjustments, as laid out in a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) recovery schedule.
Stability Health Center is the Seattle region’s premier provider of chiropractic care, namely because we put assessment above all else. Our firm’s knowledgeable, well-trained professionals offer a wide range of specialized fields of expertise, centering around the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) modality. If you believe you may be in need of chiropractic assessment and treatment, reach out to our team today for a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.