If you are about to visit a chiropractor for the first time chances are you don’t know what to expect. The first visit is dedicated to gathering information and a thorough physical examination. After studying your history and the results of your examination, chiropractors in Chicago will diagnose the problem and develop a treatment plan.
To properly diagnose your problem and develop a treatment plan the chiropractor needs to know when you first felt pain, the location of the pain, whether any activity that you do worsens or eases it and whether you have had any treatments from other health providers. If you have had any previous treatments remember to take the test reports, lab reports and a list of any medications that you are taking.
Chiropractors in Chicago will then conduct an extensive physical examination from which he or she can develop a working diagnosis. The examination includes such things as blood pressure and respiration along with a keen observation of your range of motion as you are asked to move in different ways, your posture and muscle tone.
With this information the chiropractor is in a position to make an accurate diagnosis, determining if your pain will respond to chiropractic manipulation. If it is felt that collaboration with other health care professionals is necessary the chiropractor will arrange it.
If the diagnosis is such that chiropractic will alleviate the pain and improve the condition you will receive your first treatment. A chiropractor uses his or her hands to manipulate the joints, especially along the spine. Although manipulation is the key, chiropractors in Chicago also employ ultrasound, electrical stimulation of the muscles, massage, heat and cold along with exercises during rehab. Your chiropractor may suggest procedures that you can follow at home.
If you have not yet made an appointment with any chiropractors in Chicago, find one that you feel comfortable with and addresses your specific health concern. You are invited to make an appointment with Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers.