The initial consultation’s purpose is to gather as much clinical information as possible about the cause(s) of your problem(s), so that the right treatment or course of action can be decided upon. If time permits and only if it is appropriate you will be treated at this visit. Treatment is appropriate/possible for the vast majority of patients at their consultation. If this is not the case, you will be given advice on how best to minimise the severity of your pain e.g. do’s and don’ts, exercises to do or advice on whether heat, ice or over the counter medications may be of help in the short term.
Other course of action/recommendations
Referral for more information
For a small percentage of patients we need to have more information to pinpoint the diagnosis before your treatment can start. This is often a MRI scan. We are able to refer you directly for competitively priced, private MRI scans or back to your GP if you prefer. If you ask us to refer privately, we can have the result back very quickly. Once we have the results, we will contact you to arrange another appointment in order to explain the findings in detail (using simple language), and if appropriate, start your treatment.
Combined treatment approach
There are some occasions after your examination that the best course of action in our opinion is a steroid injection combined with Chiropractic treatments. In these few instances we can directly refer you to an Orthopaedic Physician – Dr Andrew Watson at the East Midlands back and joint clinic. He specialises in steroid injections in all manner of places head to toe.
Our reasons for recommending this combination of approaches will be explained to you and if you are in agreement, we will initiate the referral, with instructions to return for active rehabilitation and Chiropractic care after your injection. Of course some patients do not like needles and injections and we respect this – we are happy to treat you with the understanding your progress is likely to be slower than it may have been. It is always up to you to decide how you want to be treated.
Chiropractors are primary health practitioners. Our extensive training means we are able to differentiate between those conditions that are suitable for Chiropractic treatment and those that require medical intervention. If you are one of the small percentage of patients whose condition is not suitable for Chiropractic treatment, you will receive a quick referral back to your GP with a covering letter sent straight to the surgery. In urgent cases we will telephone your GP or instruct you to go straight to A&E with a hand written note.