As part of the new patient experience in our offices, we perform an extensive health consultation and examination. Our initial paperwork is designed to get the big-picture look into your current health status and past traumas, which I feel is one of the key components often missed in traditional medical or chiropractic care.
There is a section in the initial paperwork that asks the patient to list any traumas and the dates of occurrence (especially any head and neck injuries). Sometimes when reviewing this section with my patients, I see they have left it blank. When seeing this section blank, I smile and look at the patient and ask, “Did you forget something?”
Seeing this happen over and over again, I wanted more information and research to help patients understand the necessity and importance of sharing information regarding past traumas. I needed to be more specific with my Google search because just putting in “past trauma” brought up a lot of pages on past emotional traumas and traumatic events. And then I found some interesting stats regarding non-fatal injuries reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all children ages 0 to 19. Every day, approximately 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. This adds up to almost 2.8 million children each year.” http://www.cdc.gov/safechild/Falls/index.html
When I think about those statistics and remember reviewing hundreds of X-rays from patients over the years that showed the effects of past physical traumas, I have to spend a little extra time asking my patients to try to remember those long forgotten falls, accidents, trips, slips etc.… Our entire initial consult and exam process helps us to determine the proper course of treatment for each individual patient.
I know many of you reading this are suffering from a health challenge that you haven’t been able to overcome. Maybe, just maybe, the root cause of your health issue happened a long time ago. It’s not your fault – it just may have been forgotten. Let us take a look at you, and figure out how much damage has occurred. Most importantly, let us help you figure out a solution. Our offices are fully equipped to help you get back on the road to recovery.
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Get Hope – Get Well – Live Life,
Bryan Wright, D.C.