I’m not sure if a chiropractor can help my condition – what should I do?
If you’re unsure whether a chiropractor can help your condition, you may wish to arrange a free, no-obligation discussion. This may be over the telephone or at the chiropractor’s clinic. This will enable you to find out whether chiropractic treatment can help your condition. You should ask whether the chiropractor commonly treats your condition. At Chiro Family Practice you may always book your first FREE SPINE CHECK appointment.
If you go ahead and book a treatment consultation, during the first consultation the chiropractor will assess your condition before explaining their treatment recommendations. You don’t have to agree to the treatment the chiropractor recommends then and there – if you are not happy to go ahead or if you want more time to reach a decision, just say so.
What happens on a visit?
A visit to a chiropractor is similar to other healthcare appointments. When you attend the first consultation, which will typically last an hour, the chiropractor will take a detailed case history and carry out a physical examination of you including the scan of your spine. This will help the chiropractor to establish a working diagnosis for your condition and to reach a view about the best course of care for you.
Before you agree to go ahead with the recommended treatment, the chiropractor should explain it to you, along with the likelihood of that treatment helping your condition and any risks associated with the treatment (including any side effects that you might experience).
If the chiropractor does not think they can help improve your condition, or they have concerns about any serious health conditions, they will tell you and may suggest a referral to another healthcare professional, for example, a GP.
What do I need to know before treatment starts?
Before your treatment starts, your chiropractor must clearly explain to you what they found during your examination, how they propose to treat you and the benefits and any significant risks associated with your condition and proposed treatment.
You should take the opportunity to ask the chiropractor any questions you may have and ask for further explanation if anything is unclear.
Before starting any treatment, you will need to give your permission (consent) to the chiropractor. An agreement should also be reached about how much you will pay for your treatment. Chiropractic treatment is only rarely available on the NHS, so usually you – or your health insurer – has to pay.
There is no need to tell your GP that you are seeing a chiropractor unless you want to.
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