You have a right, as a patient, to be informed about the condition of your health and the recommended care and treatment to be provided to you so that you can make the decision whether or not to undergo such care with full knowledge of the known risks. This disclosure is not meant to frighten or alarm you. This information is intended to make you better informed in order for you can knowledgeably give or withhold your consent.
The Nature and Purpose of Chiropractic
Chiropractic is based on the science which concerns itself with the relationship between structures (primarily the spine) and function (primarily of the nervous system) of the body and how this relationship can affect the restoration and preservation of optimum health. The following information is routinely furnished to all who consider Chiropractic care and treatment in this clinic.
Adjustments are made by chiropractors in order to correct spinal and extremity joint subluxations. One of the most common disturbances to the nervous system is the vertebral subluxation. This condition is one where one or more vertebra in the spine is misaligned sufficiently to cause interference and/or irritation to the nervous system. This is the primary goal in Chiropractic health care.
A Chiropractic examination will be undergone which can include physical examination, neurological/orthopedic/visceral testing, palpation, specialized instrumentation, and referral for radiological exams or laboratory testing.
The Chiropractic adjustment is the application of a precise, high velocity movement of the spine over a very short distance. There are a number of different methods or techniques by which the chiropractic adjustment is delivered. Chiropractic adjustments are typically delivered by hand but some may require the use of an instrument or other specialized equipment. In addition, physiotherapy or rehabilitative procedures can be included in the management protocol.
In addition to the benefits of chiropractic care and treatment, one should also be aware of the existence of some risks and limitations of care. The risks are seldom high enough to contraindicate care but they should be considered when making the decision to receive chiropractic care. All health care procedures have some risks associated with them. Risks associated with some chiropractic treatment may include musculoskeletal sprain/strain, neurological injury, fracture, vertebral artery syndrome (VAS) including stroke and perhaps death through complicating factors. Risks associated with the physiotherapy may include the preceding as well as allergic reaction and muscle and/or joint pain.