Your First Visit
During the first visit, your practitioner will complete a thorough examination that typically includes:
• Patient history
• Physical examination
• Outline a treatment plan
Prior to your initial consultation, you will be asked to fill
out forms that may provide background information about
your symptoms, to help properly diagnose your problem and design a treatment program. important information in your medical history might be:
• Bone disorders such as osteoporosis
• Implants like pacemakers, artificial joints
• Circulatory problems
• Dizziness or blurred vision
• Heart conditions such as hypertension
• Old injuries, such as bone fractures, muscle
sprains/strains, or disc injuries
• Joint disorders such as arthritis
• Any current health condition for which you are
receiving care from another health care practitioner.
The questions asked in the history are structured around this information and will include;
• When the pain/condition started?
• Where is the pain located?
• Did pain/condition start immediately, following an injury or
• Does anything improve or worsen the pain?
• What treatments have you already tried, and how
successful were they?
When applicable, bring with you any copies of previous
tests (for example, MRI or X-ray reports), and a list of any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements.
The next step is a physical examination your practitioner will perform to evaluate your condition and develop a “working diagnosis”. In addition the general
physical examination, will include procedures such as blood pressure, pulse, the examination will include specific orthopaedic and neurological tests to assess:
• Range of motion of the affected area that is observed
while you walk, turn, bend, or lift
• Muscle tone
• Muscle strength
• Neurological integrity