A Guide to Screenings Prior to Pediatric Chiropractic Care

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If you take your child to a chiropractor for treatment, be prepared to answer a host of questions. Like traditional doctors, chiropractors want to learn as much as possible about your child’s unique situation. Chiropractors often ask for information from a traditional care doctor or request additional imagery (such as an X-ray). Your child is also likely to have additional screenings at the chiropractor’s office. Gathering this information helps chiropractors to make the most appropriate choices for your child’s care. In some cases, your child may have a “red flag,” a condition that signals chiropractors that chiropractic care may not be a good option for your child. To determine if chiropractic care is right for your child, chiropractors are likely to conduct the following screenings:

Vital Signs

Like a traditional doctor, a chiropractor often takes temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, height, weight and blood pressure. Your child will have to step on a scale, stand up tall for measuring and wear a small blood pressure cuff for a brief period of time. If your child has visited a traditional doctor before, these procedures should be familiar. Infants may also have their heads measured during this procedure.

Neurological Tests

While this screening sounds scary, it can be as simple as tapping the reflexes on a child’s knee with a rubber mallet. Chiropractors will also evaluate the child’s balance and gait. None of these screenings are invasive.

Diagnostic Imaging

To understand any past injuries or underlying conditions, chiropractors often request imaging. This request is made with care, as children should not be exposed to more imaging than necessary. If a chiropractor requests an image, it is likely because he or she is suspicious about a past injury or underlying condition. If your child has broken a bone in the past, it may be helpful to come prepared with imagery that was taken in the past. Then your child may not have to have new images taken.

Chiropractors conduct these screenings as a means to determine if pediatric chiropractic care is a good fit for your child. If the chiropractor observes any signs of serious illness, he or she will likely refer you to a traditional doctor for care. Before the chiropractor begins treatment, he wants to understand your child and the potential impact of the treatment. If you have any questions or want to start evaluating if chiropractic care is a good fit for your child, contact us at Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness.

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