What Should You Tell the Chiropractor?
By Sara Butler
When visiting the chiropractor at The Joint, you may wonder what to tell them about the reason for your visit. Remember, your doctor of chiropractic is qualified to treat a variety of conditions related to your spine and beyond. In general, there are a few things you should always remember to discuss with medical professionals you see for treatment. Here are some suggestions of what to include from the chiropractors at The Joint.
Some people tend to downplay their symptoms when discussing what is wrong with them, but this isn’t the route you want to take to help your dctor of chiropractic create a treatment plan to address your issues. Make sure to tell your doctor about any symptoms you’re experiencing and if those symptoms have changed. Even if you feel as if something isn’t related to what you’re seeking treatment for, it’s worth noting for your chiropractor -- they need to know!
Don’t forget to also be completely honest about your lifestyle. If you drink, smoke, and never exercise, these are things your DC needs to know.
In general, make sure to let your chiropractor know:
- When symptoms first started
- How your symptoms feel
- How the symptoms impact your life
- What makes symptoms worse or better
Don’t forget to be specific. The more specific you can be, the better the information for your chiropractor to treat you.
Is It Serious?
Many people worry the symptoms they experience are serious. Most of the time symptoms are not emergent, but it’s important to know when you may have an emergency on your hands.
The warning signs of something potentially serious include:
- Slurred speech
- A severe headache that won’t go away
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of vision
- Low of bladder or bowel control
- Chest pain
- Pain that extends to your leg, chest, abdomen, or arm
- Pain worse at rest
Make sure to contact your chiropractor immediately or get to an emergency room if it's after hours and these symptoms develop.
The information you give your chiropractor helps them to create a plan of action for your treatment. That’s why they need to be armed with any and all information you can supply. Without the right information, they can't provide the treatment you need to be healthy, happy, and free from pain!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.