Informed Consent for Chiropractic Care
When a Patient (PT) seeks Chiropractic Health Care, it is essential that the PT and Chiropractic Health Care Provider (Chiropractor) work for the same objective. It is also important that each PT understand both the objective and the method that will be used to attain the desired results in order to prevent any confusion or disappointment. As a PT, you have the right to be informed about the condition of your health, the recommended care and treatment to be provided and the known benefits, risks and alternatives, so that you can make the decision whether or not to undergo chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Medicine is a science and art which concerns itself with the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (primarily the nervous system) and how that relationship my effect the restoration and preservation of health. Health is the state of optimal physical, mental and social wellbeing, not just the absence of disease and infirmity. One disturbance to the nervous system is called a vertebral subluxation. This occurs when one or more of the 24 vertebrae in the spinal column become misaligned and do not move properly. This causes alteration of the nerve function and interference to the nervous system. This may result in pain and dysfunction or may be entirely asymptomatic.
Subluxations are corrected and reduced by a chiropractic adjustment, which is a specific application of force to correct or reduce vertebral subluxation. Adjustments are usually done by hand, but may be performed by handheld instruments. In addition, ancillary procedures, such as physiotherapy or rehabilitation procedures may be included.
If during the course of care we encounter non-chiropractic or unusual findings, we will advise you of those findings and recommend that you seek the services of another Health Care Provider. Any procedure intended to help, may also do harm. While chiropractic examination, manipulation, and therapeutic procedures are considered remarkably safe and effective, please understand that occasionally there may be adverse reactions. Although the chances of experiencing any of these complications are extremely small, it is the practice of Atlanta Medical Institute (AMI) & Atlanta Spinal Health (ASH) to fully inform and educate all of our guests.
By signing below, I understand that these complications may include, but are not limited to, muscle strains and sprains, fractures, dislocations, disc injuries, and strokes. I do not expect he doctor to be able to anticipate or explain all possible risks and complications. I wish to rely on the doctor(s) to exercise judgment during the course of my treatments that he/she feels are in my best interest based upon the facts know at the time of treatment. I understand that there is no guarantee or warranty for a specific cure or result. I understand that at any time, I can request further explanation regarding risks and benefits of care in this facility, alternative courses of care, and the consequences of not having the proposed treatment.