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Parts of a Chiropractic Examination for Lower Back Pain

There are a number of things you need to have done before you receive chiropractic treatments. You have to do an examination for back pain and that basically entails three parts – consultation, case history and physical examination. We’ll break it down for you.
Consultation: This is the stage where the patient meets the chiropractor and briefly describes their situation with the chiropractor. They would have to give details such as:
  • The frequency of their symptoms

  • The duration of their symptoms

  • A description of the symptoms

  • The areas that they’re experiencing the pain

  • The actions that help to alleviate the symptoms

  • The actions that cause the symptoms to feel worse


Case History: This is the section when the chiropractor studies and analyses the patient’s ailment by asking questions and finding out about the patient’s history. Some areas that the chiropractor would focus on include:
  • Family history

  • Dietary habits

  • Occupational history

  • Psychosocial history

  • Treatment history


Physical Examination: Different methods may need to be used to figure out which spinal segments exactly need the chiropractic treatments. Some of the diagnostic test that may be used to make these determinations include an X-ray (for locating the areas with the subluxations) and “a device that detects the temperature of the skin in the paraspinal region to identify spinal areas with a significant temperature variance that requires manipulation.
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