What Will Happen at My Physical Exam?
The chiropractors of Texas Injury Clinic in Fort Worth, TX, are dedicated to quickly and effectively treating neck- and back-related conditions. As part of our holistic and comprehensive approach to treating often painful symptoms, our doctors begin by conducting a thorough physical exam.
This initial screening allows our doctors to understand the root causes and symptoms of your neck or back problem. Once the exam is complete, patients are given a list of self-care tips and treatment options. To better help our patients understand this important step in the treatment option, we offer this overview of what to expect for a physical exam at our state-of-the-art chiropractic center. Our doctors have restored freedom and mobility for patients in and around Fort Worth for more than 20 years and are happy to offer care to you.
What to Expect during Your Physical Exam
The purpose of a physical exam is to allow our doctors to determine the source of your neck or back pain. Physical exams are the first step in a treatment process that includes diagnoses and mapping treatment options. They work best when doctors and patients work collaboratively to address the root causes of back and neck problems.
Just as no two patients are the same, your physical exam will be customized to address your specific health needs. In general, there are three steps involved in the physical exam process.
A Look at Patient History and Symptoms
Before arriving at our Fort Worth chiropractic center, patients should come with questions and notes about their symptoms and activities that aggravate those symptoms. This will help one of our doctors arrive at an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your problem quickly and accurately.
The initial visit will include forms that need to be filled out. One of our doctors may ask questions that can lead to a diagnosis of your back or neck pain. Typical questions may include:
- When did you first notice pain or symptoms?
- Where does the discomfort originate?
- Describe the pain.
- Did your discomfort result from an injury?
- What types of activities make your symptoms better or worse?
Discussions during this consultation may include topics like family medical history, pre-existing conditions, prior injuries, and current treatments or medications you are taking.
The Chiropractic Exam
Our experienced doctors are adept at using the chiropractic exam to diagnose the cause or causes of your symptoms. This type of exam generally includes blood pressure tests, recording pulse rates, testing reflexes, and neurological tests.
Muscle tone, neurological integrity, muscle strength, and range of motion are all important factors that our doctors will consider during the exam. You may be asked to walk or to sit so your posture can be analyzed. Chiropractic manipulation of specific parts of your body may even be performed during the exam.
Diagnostic Studies and Imaging
Depending on your chiropractic exam and patient history, diagnostic studies that include x-rays and other forms of imaging may be taken to reveal pathologies or abnormal structures in your back.
Once your physical exam is completed, you will be one step closer to relief from pain and discomfort.