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  • Writer's pictureClaire Hagen D.C.

What is a chiropractic history? (reading time: about 1.5 minutes)

What is behind this little-used word?

The word anamnesis comes from the ancient Greek word anamnêsis, which literally means "to recall to memory".

In the medical field, anamnesis is therefore synonymous with "history of the disease". It is a fundamental step that is a collection of information that is necessary to establish the most accurate diagnosis possible.

How does the chiropractic history take place?

After the reception of the patient, this is the first phase of the chiropractic consultation. Through a series of specific questions, the chiropractor will discover the reason for the visit. All the factors influencing the chiropractic diagnosis will be discussed: the nature of the pain, but also medical and family history, possible traumas, injuries, accidents, lifestyle habits (sedentary, active, diet, etc.), possible risk behaviours, current medical treatments.

For the first appointment, remember to bring your images (X-rays, scans, MRIs, etc.) if you have them.

Objective of the chiropractic history.

By collecting relevant data on the patient's health, the chiropractor will determine whether the patient's complaint falls within the chiropractor's field of competence or whether the latter should refer the patient to a competent doctor or another health professional (exclusion diagnosis).

Semiological approach - Clinical examination.

In general, the history is completed by the analysis of the posture, possible asymmetries of the body as well as decreases in the amplitude of movements.

This matter will be discussed in detail in a later post.

Anamnesis and clinical examination allow the chiropractor to draw up a "Chiropractic Treatment Plan".

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