Our practice offers many services to provide the ultimate spinal care for you. Your first visit will consist of several segments. They are outlined for you below. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Each person is unique. Therefore, everyone responds to treatment differently. Some people heal quickly while others take a longer amount of time. Several factors affect how well a person responds to care. The type of work he or she does, his or her stress level, weight and health problems to name a few. Each person's care has to be designed specifically for his or her needs. What works for one person may not work for someone else.
Communication is one of the most important parts of any relationship. This is especially true in the doctor-patient relationship. This is especially true in the doctor-patient relationship. Please let me know your thoughts about your treatment program. Let me know what makes you feel good and what activities make you hurt. The more I know about you ... the better I can help! This includes your hobbies, work, family and what makes you feel stressed. Do not let your questions go unanswered. We are here for you!
Our first goal in restoring your health is to reduce your pain and improve your function to a tolerable level. This is accomplished during the Initial Intensive Phase of care, when it is necessary to treat you frequently. In most cases pain relief takes about one month, which is not very long when you consider most problems have taken years to develop. Some people take longer than others to achieve relief from pain. Once you are beginning to feel better, you must be very careful not to be overzealous and "test your back." Many people will "over do it" when they start to feel better, only to find themselves aggravating their condition and slowing the healing process.
Once your pain has been reduced we will begin the Rehabilitative Phase of treatment. Your treatment will be directed toward improving function by restoring optimal strength and flexibility to the musculosketal system. During this phase you should be able to perform most normal daily activities without frequent aggravation of symptoms. We will implement a home exercise program to help strengthen and balance your body. During this phase of care, your treatment frequency will begin to decrease and your self-treatment responsibilities will increase. We must be a team working together toward the goal of improving your health. I can not do it all. You must do your part, which includes keeping your appointments, doing your exercises, and being careful during your activities of daily living.
Once you have reached your maximum level of improvement our final goal is to maintain your health. This is achieved during the Wellness Phase of care. This is perhaps the most important service we provide for our patients. Periodic examinations allow for early detection of joint and muscle dysfunction before they become painful. If allowed to go undetected and untreated, minor dysfunction can develop without symptoms until they are aggravated by work habits, lifestyle activities or other stress factors. Many times people will invest a lot of time and effort into obtaining better health just to let it slip away. Early detection and treatment are important to cost-effective health care. Make the most of your investment in your health by getting regular wellness care.