What phase of chiropractic care are you in?

Few things as complicated as your body can be "fixed" and then ignored. Think of your car, your teeth, or your relationships. They take time and effort to maintain, but you know it's worth it in the long run. That's why we recommend a regular schedule of chiropractic check-ups.

Acute Care

Acute care is the first stage of care for most patients. The primary goal during this initial stage is to provide the individual with symptomatic relief. Treatments focus on those techniques and therapies which most quickly and effectively reduce pain and other discomforts. This will allow the majority of individuals to continue their activities of daily living. Patients are generally recommended to “take it easy” but are encouraged to stay mobile and functional so long as there is not a risk of further injury or tissue damage. Therapies that reduce inflammation and muscle spasm are also used during this stage when present. This stage is composed of acute and subacute care: Acute (first 3 days after injury) Subacute (2-3 weeks after injury, at the end of this stage should have full pain free range of motion).

Rehabilitation and Sustainability Care

The second stage of care consists of correcting the problems which caused and contributed to the condition and healing and rehabilitating the injured tissues. Unless these events take place, a favorable outcome is unlikely and future recurrences of the problem are likely. It is extremely important that the patient comply with and follow the instructions given by the doctor or therapist during this stage of care. Tissues and structures that are not fully healed and rehabilitated are prone to future problems. Sticking to appointments, complying with home exercises and instructions and following all other recommendations will help insure this occurs. Patients should also be aware that once pain and discomfort have subsided, tissue healing and functional correction is many times still incomplete and will often require additional treatments. This stage includes lifestyle modification and a home exercise program. Office treatment often include both a manual component as well as exercises. Exercises should be local, regional and global. If it doesn’t heal properly a 65% chance of reinjury is possible, especially of the patient or athlete has functional deficits elsewhere. Our goal is to release each patient pain free at full function without issue.

Maintenance and Supportive Care

Once the tissues are healed and the biomechanics and movement patterns have normalized the patient may be recommended to continue with periodic checkups. For some this might mean once per year, for others this may mean once per month or more. For most patients it may not be necessary. It depends entirely on the individual patient and factors that are relevant to them (body type, type of work or athletics etc). Chiropractic checkups provide similar benefits to the spine that dental checkups provide to the teeth. Namely, catching minor problems and disturbances before they have the opportunity to cause pain, discomfort or lead to injury.