The urinalysis is a set of screening tests that can detect some common diseases. It may be used to screen for and/or help diagnose conditions such as a urinary tract infections, kidney disorders, liver problems, diabetes or other metabolic conditions.
A urinalysis is comprised of several chemical and visual examinations used to detect cells, cell fragments and substances such as crystals or casts in the urine associated with various conditions. It can detect abnormalities that might require follow-up investigation and additional testing. Often, substances such as protein or glucose will begin to appear in the urine before people are aware that they may have a problem.
When is it requested?
A urinalysis is one of the Chiltern Health Centre FREE routine wellness screening tests that is done by your Chiropractor or Osteopath at your first visit or periodically throughout your time as a patient at the clinic.
It is likely to be requested if you are complaining of symptoms of a urinary tract infection or other urinary system problem, such as kidney disease. Some signs and symptoms may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Painful or frequent urination
- Blood in the urine