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Help Your Chiropractor Make The Right Diagnosis

help-your-chiropractor-make-the-right-diagnosis_1.jpgWhether you visit a medical doctor or a chiropractor, you are after the same end result: a diagnosis and treatment plan. You may think you are going to your physician for a quick fix, but no good doctor offers treatment without first asking questions to ensure he is making the proper diagnosis.

Chiropractic Treatment Is Not A One-Size- Fits All Experience

There is a common sense reason for this approach. If you take your car in for an oil change, you do not want to walk out with a new engine unless the mechanic convinces you that you need one. Unless your vehicle was exhibiting symptoms of a larger problem, you would want extensive evidence before you committed to a $2.000 diagnosis when you were planning on a $20 one. Your body is the same way. You want a reasonable treatment proposal based on the facts!

Chiropractors believe they have an approach that works for many conditions, but they want to make sure that your condition will benefit from their treatment. They also want to advise the right treatment. Going to a chiropractor is not a one-size-fits-all experience.

Gathering Evidence For The Differential Diagnosis

As is true with many medical professionals, your chiropractor uses an approach known as “differential diagnosis.” When you present your age, gender, and medical history, the doctor will determine the likely causes of your symptoms by gathering information and ruling out the less likely conditions. If the facts of your case lead to contradictory conclusions, the doctor may try an approach that deals with one problem, and then try another solution if the first one does not give good results.

If you come into a physician’s office with an open wound, the treatment choice might be clear, but when you present with back pain, there are a myriad of issues that may be indicated. Causes might include common back conditions such as sacroiliac joint syndrome, disc herniation (slipped disc), facet joint syndrome, sciatica, central stenosis, lateral stenosis, or piriformis syndrome. In any case, the treatment might vary depending on the condition. You might also have a serious condition which requires a different course of treatment, such as cancer, tumors, abdominal problems, or an infection.

How You Can Help The Doctor Make The Right Diagnosis

Your chiropractic will obtain the information by looking at the patient information you filled out when you came to the office, your responses to questions asked during the evaluation, your reactions within a physical examination, and possibly through X-rays or other tests.

The only way the doctor can help you is if you are completely honest in answering questions. Your answers may determine the type of treatment he suggests. If you have been having sharp pain for two weeks, his approach will be different than if you have had dull pain that comes and goes over the course of a few months. You should disclose any medications you currently take any other treatment you have tried before coming to him.

Preparing For Treatment

After examining the evidence and evaluating where it points, the doctor will then have a discussion with you about the findings. You should have a clear idea of how he will treat you, how frequent the treatments need to be, and the cost. Often, at the end of your first session, you may have a preliminary chiropractic treatment session to begin helping your problem. If the doctor has made the right call, you will experience relief after a session or two.