In your first appointment:
Prior to the consultation, you will be asked to fill out some essential forms regarding personal details, informed consent, privacy, and past medical history. You will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns or ask questions.
The consultation commences with a brief introduction followed by a detailed case history which entails a series of questions about your presenting complaint and further clarification regarding details about your wellbeing and past medical history. When case history is completed, physical assessment and screening tests are carried out to create a working diagnosis. You are required to participate in this process by clarifying that you understand the proposed diagnosis and consent to the treatment and management plan ahead. This will be explained in terms you understand and is an ongoing process as your response to treatment is measured and recorded. These points are vital for a productive and transparent treatment process and are designed to give you the best chance of obtaining your treatment goals and aspirations first discussed at the beginning of the consultation.
In most cases, you can expect to receive treatment on your first consultation, though some circumstances may require a referral or further testing such as imaging (X-ray, MRI, CT scan ETC).
At the end of your first consultation, you should have a better idea of what your condition is, what has caused it and/or what maintains it, what you can do about, and how to prevent it in the future.