1. Significant Health History Prior to meeting with Dr Cooley, this office asks you to fill out a form that will provide him with background information about your condition. It will also ask questions about your overall health, such as history of illnesses, injuries, surgeries, and medications. You may be asked to sign a release for your doctor to obtain a copy of your medical records from other practitioners. Dr Cooley will spend all the time needed to go over your complete health history in order to provide you the best care possible.
2. Physical Examination Now that you have finished your health history, you will most likely enter an examination or treatment room, where you will undergo a comprehensive physical examination. Chiropractors perform a lot of the usual tests that your family medical physician would. For example, surveys like blood pressure, pulse, reflexes and respiration will all be measured. Dr Cooley will also test particular neurological and orthopedic responses to gain information about the range of motion of the affected area, neurological consistency, muscle tone and strength. He might possibly further examine you to better assess what diagnostic studies he will have to perform.
3. Diagnostic Study On some occasions, further studies will be needed in order to make a diagnosis. These studies could include X-Rays, CT scans, MRI, blood work, urinalysis, or other diagnostic testing. The importance of these tests will be discussed with you, and a referral will be made to the proper facility to have the testing done.
4. Diagnosis The final culmination of the history, examination and diagnostic studies results in a specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, Dr Cooley will determine if the condition is likely to respond to chiropractic care.
5. Treatment Plan & Adjustment If your diagnosis calls for the care of a Chiropractor, he will then discuss with you a treatment plan (methods used), frequency of appointments, costs, helpful tips to improve your overall health and a general description of your personal healing process. You might be capable of receiving an adjustment the same day. Your doctor will likely recommend a series of visits. Chiropractic, like most manual therapies, relies on repeated interventions over time to achieve maximum effect. The total amount and frequency of visits can never be predicted before a complete history is taken and an exam is performed, as each patient is treated as an individual and multiple factors can affect the rate of your response to treatment. If you have any questions at all about the treatment plan, be sure to ask the doctor. If you don't begin to experience improvement within a week or two, raise the question of whether the treatment is working. If you are not seeing significant improvement within a month, consider seeking another kind of care, or a second opinion.
If it is decided that your case is not one which will respond to conservative chiropractic care, a prompt referral will be given to an appropriate health care provider. Some conditions that do respond well to chiropractic care will also be recommended for co-management with another health care provider. This is done in those cases where the best treatment of the patient involves other forms of treatment in addition to chiropractic.