Q: Do I need to be referred to a Chiropractor by my GP?
No, you do not need to be referred by yoru GP to receive Chiropractic. Many local GP and Consultants do refer patients to our Centre for treatment.
Chiropractors are primary contact healthcare professionals and so are trained to diagnose your problem and know when it is appropriate to treat and when not treat you. If Chiropractic treatment is not suitable for you, you will be referred to the appropriate healthcare professional such as your GP or Consultant.
Q: Will I be sore after treatment?
Generally Chiropractic treatment is painless, although initially there may be some short term minor discomfort which passes quickly for most patients. You will normally find that subsequent treatments are more pleasant as your symptoms improve.
Q: Will I need to have an x-ray?
At the Spine & Joint Center we do not routinely x-ray every patient. Your Chiropractor will determine whether there is a need for you to have an x-ray. If the Chiropractor believes that an x-ray is important to your treatment then he will discuss this with you.
Most back problems do not show up on x-ray and in fact are better diagnosed with a thorough spinal examination (including orthopaedic and neurological tests) and other diagnostic imaging such as MRI scans. Unfortunately some patients can believe that they are getting good care if they are sent for x-rays. However practitioners who routinely x-ray every patient are not in keeping with the accepted scientific evidence and national guidelines.