At inc-HEALTH, our chiropractors are trained in the differential diagnosis of neuro-musculo-skeletal pain. This includes the identification of significant joint and muscle dysfunction, faulty movement patterns and disc problems discussed previously, as well as the more uncommon but potentially serious disorders. Chiropractors specialise in the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, which may be the source of over 90% of the pain people experience.
This process involves a detailed discussion of your pain history and other health problems. You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire related to your pain. By obtaining detailed information, the chiropractor is able to rule out more serious problems and focus the examination on the area that is most likely to be causing the pain.
In most cases, after we have gone through and understood your history, examined your physical state, and concluded any further tests, we can establish a diagnosis.
If we determined that the problem is one that is treatable at inc-HEALTH, and your case is accepted, we will formulate and recommend a treatment strategy. This strategy will be discussed with you in detail to ensure you understand it and all the options available.
The physical examination helps establish the cause of your problem. It involves an assessment of movement patterns, activities that may give you pain but also relieve the pain, palpation of joints of the spine, but also of muscles.
A neurologic and orthopeadic exam stresses nerves and joints further and help give an accurate evaluation of your specific problem.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to obtain advanced testing such as X-rays, CT scan or MRI to establish if a structural problem is the cause of your pain. Blood tests, urine analysis or other physical tests may also be required to further investigate the problem.
We can refer you to the appropriate imaging facilities, though not through the NHS.