Initially, a full case history will be taken regarding your health background as well as details of your symptoms. This will help in assessing and analysing your particular problem. Following examination, a proposed plan for chiropractic care will be agreed. Treatment will commence at the first session as long as it is appropriate to do so. An explanation of the treatment, and a clinical impression of the problem will be given during the session.
If a problem is suspected that requires medical investigation or an x-ray, you will be referred to your GP. Chiropractors work in co-operation with the medical profession and a letter may be sent to your doctor informing them of your treatment.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Typically most patients need between 2-6 treatments (you will be advised at your first session of the likely amount needed). Initially this will start at weekly intervals then become more widely spaced out as the condition improves. Once resolved, regular check-ups are recommended to maintain your body at its optimum – some people prefer to ring if they start to feel ‘twinges’ and that is fine too.
Factors that influence the number of treatments needed are:
Your age. People generally heal more slowly as they get older.
The nature of the problem. A simple backache will often clear more quickly than a sciatic problem.
How long you have had the problem. Generally, yesterday’s injury will resolve quicker than one of 20 year’s standing.