After a first consultation that included treatment, a chiropractic practitioner will usually require you to attend a follow up visit so that improvement, or aggravation, of the condition and any other comments that you may have, can be recorded in the patient’s clinical file
Depending on your feedback, a second treatment may be offered; this commonly consists of spinal manipulation, joints mobilization, soft/deep tissue work and muscle stretches.
The type of techniques used/chosen depends on many factors:
- presenting condition,
- patient’s comfort,
- practitioner’s skills/qualification.
At this point, you and the chiropractor, design an effective evidence-based management plan for the presenting condition.
The ethical doctor of chiropractic will aim at managing/resolving your complaint in as few visits as possible. Should this not be achieved within 4 to 6 treatments, the practitioner must consider the re-evaluation of the entire case and as a result the following may be favored:
- investigative imaging such as X-ray, MRI and/or Musculoskeletal Sonography,
- inform your GP for further lab tests, such as blood or urine test,
- referral to another health practitioner.
Unless you visit your chiropractic clinic with a new complaint, a follow up visit should last approximately between 15 to 30 minutes.