Laying The Foundation
Physical medicine & wellness care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully.
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+ Day 1: Tour & Exam
You may be in some serious pain and we take this very seriously. We want you to be as comfortable as possible and the first step is making sure you understand our office. We take you on a tour showing you the ins and outs. This only takes about 5 minutes. Then the Case Manager may sit down with you and discuss what happens during the exam and the next 3 days. This is to make sure you completely understand the process, your insurance and your healthcare choices and the services we provide. Now it is time for the exam and X-rays so that the Healthcare providers can completely diagnosis your condition.
+ Day 2: Treatment (Observation)
During this day we are keeping on eye on you and making sure that everything in terms of your health is in order and that the correction process can begin. We will also go over your insurance to explain all of the ins and outs.
+ Day 3: Treatment Plan
During this day you are going over your X-rays and discussing your treatment plan with the Doctor. This is where the Doctor will give you all the steps and plans to correcting the condition you came in with. You will then sit down with the Case Manager once again and they will go over your Treatment plan and payment options. At this point we are ready to get you back to full function and back to living your life.
After you have successfully completed care in our office we offer a plan which works well in continuing optimum health.
We call this Wellness care and this is something we can discuss as we get closer to the end of your treatment plan.
+ Phase 1: Relief Care
Many people get physical medicine and chiropractic care because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
+ Phase 2: Corrective Care
Teaming Up for Optimal Health
Most Doctors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a person's care. If all that the Doctor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
During the correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at the center or at home to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
+ Phase 3: Wellness Care
Maintenance is Key to Healthy Living
Once your body has fully healed, routine care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
When you make routine care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.