|Street Chiropractic Clinic
Terms of Acceptance
Chiropractic Informed Consent
Patient Name: _____________________________________________________
Medical doctors, chiropractic doctors, osteopaths, and physical therapists who perform manipulation are required by law to obtain your informed consent before starting treatment.
When a patient seeks chiropractic health care and we agree to provide this care, it is essential for the patient and Street Chiropractic, P.C. to be working toward the same objective. Chiropractic has only one goal. It is important that each patient understand both the objective and the method with which it will be obtained. This prevents any confusion or disappointment.
Adjustment: An adjustment is the specific application of forces to facilitate the body’s correction of vertebral subluxation. Our chiropractic method of correction is by specific adjustment of the spine.
Health: A state of optimal physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Vertebral Subluxation: A misalignment of one or more of the 24 vertebrae in the spinal column which causes alteration of nerve function and interference to the transmission of mental impulses. This misalignment results in a lessening of the body’s God-given, innate ability to express its maximum health potential.
We do not offer to diagnose or treat any diseases or condition other than vertebral subluxation; however, if during the course of a chiropractic spinal examination we encounter non-chiropractic or unusual findings, we will advise you. If you desire advice, diagnosis, or treatment for those findings, we will recommend that you seek the services of another health care provider.
Regardless of what the disease is called, we do not offer to treat it. Nor do we offer advice regarding treatment prescribed by others. Our ONLY PRACTICE OBJECTIVE is to eliminate a major interference to the expression of the body’s God-given, innate wisdom. Our only method is specific adjusting to correct vertebral subluxation.
Your orthopedist, family practitioner, or past chiropractor may have discussed with you various modalities of pain relief: drugs, surgery, physical therapy, manipulation, etc. We want to make you aware of how care works in this office and what is available today thanks to progress in spinal health care.
Adults: Chiropractic treatment can be successful at any age. The longer the subluxation has been there and the more damage that has been done, the longer it will take to correct and stabilize, and the more often you will need adjustments in order to maintain a healthy spine and nervous system.
Kids: Children’s spines are very fragile, and improper alignment as a child can lead to a permanent spinal impairment as they grow. Children get quick and profound results for a number of conditions clearly related to subluxation; therefore, it is best to check children for subluxation and begin any treatment as young as possible.
Duration of care: While pain relief may take only a few visits, getting well takes time. Depending on the patient’s age, subluxation severity and lifestyle, adjustment and rehabilitative schedules for correction can range from six months to two years. Following correction, the doctor will make a recommendation for retainer care and lifetime maintenance.
As a rule, informed and cooperative patients can achieve positive Chiropractic results. Thus, the following information is routinely supplied to all who consider Chiropractic treatment. While recognizing the benefits of a healthy nervous system, you should also be aware that, like all areas of the healing arts, response to treatment and results cannot be guaranteed.
Family check-up: Spinal conditions are often silent and can go unnoticed by family and doctors for years. While we do not ask anyone to get care against their will, we do ask that all families received a spinal check-up to discover whether significant spinal health issues exist.
Corrective care: Tremendous progress has been made in the rehabilitating and correction of spinal problems. Where in the past, chronic spinal structural problems could not be reversed or corrected, today they can. Your doctor will outline a course of treatment that goes beyond simple pain relief and into what it will take to actually correct or optimize the normal position of your spine and central nervous system.
Wellness care: Spinal neglect is so common. It has become an epidemic in our society – despite the fact that your spine and nervous system control all function and healing in your body. Getting back to maintenance is the ultimate goal of Chiropractic. The gold standard for health care is to ensure the reduction of subluxation in the spine and then to maintain this for a lifetime.
Soreness: I am aware that like exercise it is common to experience muscle soreness in the first few treatments. Dizziness: Temporary symptoms like dizziness and nausea can occur but are relatively rare. Fractures/Joint Injury: I further understand that in isolated cases underlying physical defects, deformities or pathologies like weak bones from osteoporosis may render the patient susceptible to injury. When osteoporosis, degenerative disk, or other abnormality is detected, this office will proceed with extra caution. Stroke: Although strokes happen with some frequency in our world, strokes from chiropractic adjustments are rare. I am aware that nerve or brain damage including stroke is reported to occur once in one million to once in ten million treatments. Once in a million is about the same chance as getting hit by lightning. Once in ten million is about the same chance as a normal dose of aspirin or Tylenol causing death. Physical Therapy Burns: Some of the therapies used in this office generate heat and may rarely cause a burn. Despite precautions, if a burn is obtained, there will be a temporary increase of pain and possible blistering. This should be reported to the doctor. Tests have been performed on me to minimize the risk of any complication from treatment and I freely assume these risks. Rib Fractures: The ribs are found only in the thoracic spine or middle back. They extend from your back to your front chest area. Rarely a chiropractic adjustment will crack a rib bone, and this is referred to as a fracture. This occurs only in patients who have weakened bones from such things as osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can be noted on your x-rays. We adjust all patients very carefully, and especially those who have osteoporosis on their x-rays. These problems occur so rarely that there are no available statistics to quantify their probability.
I also understand that there are beneficial effects associated with these treatment procedures including decreased pain, improved mobility and function, and reduced muscle spasm. However, I appreciate there is no certainty that I will achieve these benefits. I realize that the practice of medicine, including chiropractic, is not an exact science and I acknowledge that no guarantee has been made to me regarding the outcome of these procedures. I agree to the performance of these procedures by my doctor and such other persons of the doctor’s choosing.
Alternative Treatments Available
Reasonable alternatives to these procedures have been explained to me including rest, home applications of therapy, prescription or over-the-counter medications, exercises and possible surgery.
Medications: Medication can be used to reduce pain or inflammation. I am aware that long-term use or overuse of medication is always a cause for concern. Drugs may mask pathology, produce inadequate or short-term relief, undesirable side-effects, physical or psychological dependence, and may have to be continued indefinitely. Some medications may involve serious risks.
Rest/Exercise: It has been explained to me that simple rest is not likely to reverse pathology, although it may temporarily reduce inflammation and pain. The same is true of ice, heat, or other home therapy. Prolonged bed rest contributes to weakened bones and joint stiffness. Exercises are of limited value but are not corrective of injured nerve and joint tissues.
Surgery: Surgery may be necessary for joint stability or serious disk rupture. Surgical risks may include unsuccessful outcome, complications, pain or reaction to anesthesia, and prolonged recovery.
Non-treatment: I understand the potential risks of refusing or neglecting care may include increased
pain, scar/adhesion formation, restricted motion, possible nerve damage, increased inflammation, and worsening pathology. The aforementioned may complicate treatment making future recovery and rehabilitation more difficult and lengthy.
I, ___________________________________, have read and fully understand the above statements.
All questions regarding the doctor’s objectives pertaining to my care in this office have been answered to my complete satisfaction. I, therefore, accept chiropractic care on this basis.
Signature: __________________________________________________ Date: ________________
Consent to evaluate and adjust a minor child: I, ____________________________________,
Being the parent of legal guardian of _______________________________________________, have read and fully understand the terms of acceptance and hereby grant permission for my child to receive chiropractic care.
Signature of parent/legal guardian: _______________________________ Date: ________________
Pregnancy Release: This is to certify that to the best of my knowledge, I am not pregnant. The above doctor and his/her associates have my permission to perform an x-ray evaluation. I have been advised that x-ray can be hazardous to an unborn child.
Date of last menstrual period: _______________
Signature: __________________________________________________ Date: ________________