On your first visit, the Chiropractor will take a detailed review of your medical history before carrying out a thorough physical examination. This examination will normally include a postural evaluation, orthopaedic testing, a neurological examination, muscle testing, palpation of various muscles and joints and a specific examination of the spine. If your Chiropractor considers it necessary, you may also have x-rays taken or he/she may recommend an ultrasound examination of the area of complaint.
Once the Chiropractor has studied all the information, he will then be able to give you a report of his findings based on a working diagnosis (this may be on the second visit if you've had x-rays or an ultrasound examination), discuss them with you and then recommend a programme of care specifically suited to your needs.
During your first appointment you will probably need to change down to your underwear for physical examination. Ladies are always provided with a fresh gown. On subsequent visits you will usually be treated with your clothes on. For this reason, it is advisable to wear loose clothing. A tracksuit or something similar is ideal.