The typical patient will encounter 3 stages of care. The first stage focuses on symptomatic relief, such as reduction of pain and other discomforts. The following stage addresses tissue healing and function normalization. The final stage consists of periodic spinal care to help prevent the formation of new injuries, minimize future flare-ups of old injuries, prevent degenerative spinal processes from occurring and most importantly keeping a healthy nerve system communication for OPTIMUM WELLNESS!
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STAGE 1 – Symptomatic Relief Care
Relief 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 inflammation, pain, muscle spasms 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.
STAGE 2 – Corrective / Neurological Reintegration Care
The second stage of care consists of correcting the problem(s) 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 during this stage of care. Tissues and structures that are not fully healed and rehabilitated properly are prone to future problems. Adhering to appointments, complying with home exercises and instructions and following all other recommendations will help insure reduction of relapses. 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.
STAGE 3 – Optimum Wellness Care
Once the spinal tissues are healed and spinal biomechanics have stabilized the patient will be recommended to continue with periodic neuromechanical checkups. Chiropractic neuromechanical checkups provide similar benefits to the spine and nervous system that dental checkups provide to the teeth. Namely, preventing and catching minor problems and disturbances before they have the opportunity to cause pain, discomfort and irreversible tissue changes. Just like with cavities and heart attacks, irreversible tissue damage has generally occurred before the symptoms become apparent.