During our initial visit an extensive history/consultation and examination are performed. The information gathered during the history/consultation will direct the focus of our examination. The examination is a sequence of tests and measurements of movement used to assess patient mobility, joint stability and muscle strengths and weaknesses associated with neurological function. The results of our exam along with our initial history/consultation helps us to formulate a working diagnosis. If trauma is reported or pathology is suspected x-rays, diagnostic ultrasound or an MRI may be requested before a working diagnosis may be offered.
At the end of our intial visit (provided imaging is not necessary) we take the opportunity to communicate our working diagnosis and our consideration for treatment. If we have determined that the patient’s case is a chiropractic case or a case that may be treated by one of the treatment modalities available in our office, recommendations for care are made. During this process the patient is encouraged to participate and communicate so that we may help them make informed decisions regarding their care.