Patient History and Symptoms Before your Exam
In preparation for your consultation, an individual will be asked to fill out forms or bring in the forms that is downloadable from our website that provide background information about the symptoms and condition. Types of questions you can expect include:
• When and how did the pain start?
• Where is it located?
• Is it a result of an injury?
• What activities/circumstances makes it better?
• What activities/circumstances makes it worse?
Patients are also asked to provide information on family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.
A thorough exam includes general tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, as well as specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:
• Range of motion of the affected part
• Muscle tone
• Muscle strength
• Neurological integrity
Further tests may be necessary to assess the affected area (such as having the individual move in a specific manner, posture analysis, or assessment of the affected body part).
Diagnostic Studies to Supplement your Exam
Based upon the results of the history and exam, diagnostic studies may be helpful in revealing pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities that can be used by the physicians to more accurately diagnose a condition. Diagnostic studies are not always necessary during your exam, but may include x-rays. If necessary, more comprehensive diagnostics, such as an MRI, will be referred to an outside center.
History, physical examination and any diagnostic studies lead to a specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, the doctos/s will determine if the condition will respond to care.
The doctor will explain to the patient’s:
• Diagnosed condition • Individualized treatment plan • Anticipated length of care