Phases of Treatment
There are three basic phases of treatment that correspond with the body's natural healing process. The first phase, and the first priority in treating our patients is pain relief. We realize that pain can have a significant impact on your life and we make it our top priority to ensure that we aleviate these symptoms as quickly as possible. The second phase of treatment involves tissue healing. This phase is incredibly important, as it helps to ensure that your body heals properly. The final phase of treatment is wellness care. This phase is important to maintain healthy function and aid in the prevention of reinjury. Please read below for further explanation of each of these phases.
Phase 1 of treatment is the main reason that people seek chiropractic care - they want pain relief. During this phase, your doctor will provide treatment in the office that may consist of soft tissue therapies and chiropractic adjustments. Depending on the severity of the injury or illness, and the cause thereof, pain relief may come within just a few visits. Unfortunately, the absence of pain does not mean the tissue has healed completely. Often these structures are still extremely weak and very prone to re-injury. It is important to continue to take it easy and follow the recommended care plan until the process of tissue healing is complete.
Quite frequently, people experience re-injury shortly after the first injury has occurred. This happens because people feel that when their pain has subsided, they are cured and can resume normal activities. Well, unfortunately we stop feeling pain long before the tissue healing process is over. Phase 2 of treatment is vital to preventing re-injury. During this phase, in addition to continuing to provide treatment in the office, your doctor may also prescribe home exercises to help you rehabilitate the affected tissues. These exercises are very important in speeding up the healing process and strengthening the affected tissues.
Phase 3 of treatment is designed to keep your body functioning to its full potential. Like phase 2, this phase is important in preventing re-injury and maintaining a healthy functioning spine and nervous system. During this phase, your injury has likely resolved and the doctor will release you from active treatment of the injury. Depending on the severity of the condition, the doctor may want to see you once a month or a few times a year to make sure your spine is in good working order.