Chiropractic is defined as a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. The 3 main high street specialists are dentist, chiropractor and optometrist.
Find out more on the British Chiropractic Association: https://chiropractic-uk.co.uk/what-is-chiropractic-care/.
A chiropractor is a primary contact practitioner who specializes in treating neuromuscular and biomechanical problems which cause pain. Like a dentist, a chiropractor is highly trained practitioner who specializes in their chosen field. They are highly skilled in diagnosing what is causing the problem, they can take or refer people for relevant imaging (eg x-rays), and are also expert physical therapists (fixing the cause of the problem). This means you get an immediate continuity of care; the same person performs all 3 roles. Therefore, there is no waiting or loss of communication between different practitioners which can often delay recovery.
A chiropractor is a primary contact practitioner. Therefore, like you do not need one for a dentist, you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor.
Most health insurance companies will cover the cost of chiropractic care. Dr Walker is registered with all major healthcare providers.
The first consultation will take approximately one hour. The goal is to get an accurate diagnosis so you can receive the correct treatment from that first session. The chiropractor will take a full history (Q&A’s), perform a full focused chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurological exam. You will then receive a diagnosis, a fully explained treatment plan and first treatment. Furthermore, you will get an understanding of the relevant anatomy, what is causing your pain, and how the treatment will correct the underlying cause.
Most patients do not require x-rays. However, sometimes patients will be referred. This decision is based on a combination of history and examination findings. For example, if a patient has a history of severe trauma (eg car accident) or obvious neurological findings like significantly reduced reflexes, and/or muscle weakness or it is suspected there is suspected significant degeneration (wear and tear) of the spine that needs to be viewed.