Are you wondering what to expect on your first visit?  If you’re looking for sciatica pain relief, trapped nerve in back treatments, or other muscle/joint pains, a registered chiropractor can help in several ways. Of course, you might be right to believe that booking a chiropractor online is not the same as a visit to your GP. Different clinics may have different approaches to how they see you for the first time.

We don’t want you to be in the dark about any part of the process. Walker Chiropractic is a family-run practice servicing Bridgend, Porthcawl, and we have clients as far as Swansea and Cardiff! Dr Martyn is a registered chiropractor and hwhen you visit our clinic in Bridgend, you can expect the following:

1 – Assessing Your Symptoms & History

Dr Martyn will begin by asking you about your current symptoms and your concerns. Be prepared for in depth questions about the nature of your pain. To ensure that a spine adjustment is right for you, he will also inquire about the following:

  • Your lifestyle and activities that make your symptoms better or worse
  • Pre-existing medical conditions, injuries, and medicine you are currently taking.
  • If you have had chiropractic treatments before.

It’s important to be honest about medical conditions, specifically conditions that could be affected by a trapped nerve or back treatment. These conditions include:

  • Severe arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancers (malicious or benign) affecting the bones and spine
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infections)
  • Previous damage to the spine

You should check with your GP alongside seeking help from a registered chiropractor if you have had these conditions. Be sure to relay any information regarding potential treatments, as this will help ensure a chiropractic treatment is best for your needs.

2 – Physical Examination

Dr Martyn will then perform a comprehensive examination, including assessments of your posture, range of motion, flexibility, and spinal alignment. We evaluate your muscle strength, muscle strength, and reflexes, as well as any specific problem areas you have identified.

Neurological examinations are normally performed when you require treatment for a trapped nerve in your back. This is important to diagnose what is wrong with your nerves and what may be causing pain and irritation.

3 – Treatment Plan

Based on the findings from the consultation and examination, Dr Martyn will discuss his diagnosis with you. He will explain the source of your symptoms and start creating your personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Aside from chiropractic adjustments, your treatment plan can include: lifestyle modifications, home exercises, and other supportive measures where appropriate. Remember, each case our registered chiropractor handles requires its own approach and techniques, so your treatment may not be the same each time.

Your Informed Consent:

At Walker Chiropractic, we don’t rely on you to ask the right questions about your health. It’s important that you understand the full nature of your treatment, that includes the risks alongside the benefits.

Dr Martyn will explain all possible outcomes from your proposed treatment. That includes the techniques used, their benefits, the risks, and any possible side effects that have been documented. We will only proceed to the treatment when you have given explicit consent to proceed.

It’s essential to communicate openly with our chiropractors. Have any questions? Don’t feel afraid to ask them, or voice any concerns you may have.

We hope this blog has been helpful for you to understand how we start you on your journey for joint, nerve, and sciatica pain relief. When you’re ready, click the button below to book our chiropractor online.