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The Details Your Chiropractor Needs to Know

By Brandi Goodman

Don't be afraid to give the truth to your chiropractor, no matter how embarrassing it may be. In fact, providing accurate details to your doctor of chiropractic ensures you can receive prompt and accurate treatment. Certain details are vital to your care plan, and failing to provide them can hinder the chiropractic process.

Changes to Your Habits

Have you been spending more time slouched on the couch lately? Do you smoke or drink more than you used to? Letting your chiropractor know about these changes to your habits can help him pinpoint what may be causing your specific pain complaint. You'll also receive some guidance on how to work toward getting back toward healthier habits and bettering your body.

Surgical History

Your surgical history is crucial to your chiropractic course of action. If you had a recent surgery, that area will most likely be sore and cannot be adjusted. Even if the surgery was years ago, you may have some underlying trauma to the area and the chiropractor will need to be careful in his manipulation techniques. 

Recent Prescriptions

Have you recently been prescribed a pain reliever, muscle relaxer, antibiotic, or any other type of medication? No matter what it is or what it's for, you should disclose this recent prescription to your chiropractor. Each one has the ability to cause strange symptoms. You could experience pain or discomfort because of it without realizing it's your culprit. Your doctor of chiropractic may be aware of common side effects and be able to distinguish if your current pain problem is related to what you're taking.

Your Smallest Pain Point

Most people head to the chiropractor with complaints of the severe back pain they've been dealing with or the ache in their shoulders. What about the tiny, nagging pain you sometimes feel in your wrist? Even your smallest pain point, no matter how minuscule, should be disclosed. Your chiropractor can take a look and see if adjusting the surrounding joint will help. There could be a subluxation causing problems for the area, even if it's minor.

It's important to discuss the proper details with your doctor of chiropractic and let them know just which changes have occurred in your life since your last visit. If this is your first visit, it's even more important to be forthcoming and let the chiropractor know about what's really been bothering you and why. Visit The Joint Chiropractic and discuss these details to receive the appropriate treatment plan.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Denver, Colo.

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