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Typical Treatment Length

As in any therapy involving the human body, it is difficult to put an exact time on the length of care. The length of treatment generally depends on the injury or condition a patient is suffering from. The more complicated or severe the injury, the longer care will take. Also older patients have more arthritis and less elasticity so they will usually respond more slowly than younger patients. And of course, the longer an injury has been inflamed, masked by medication, or left untreated, the more lengthy the treatment is likely to be. Average treatment and recovery time without complications, is usually from 3 to 6 weeks.

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How long will it take to complete my treatment? (Dr. Wallace) Treatment with a chiropractor varies on several factors, what you present to the chiropractor with, how severe a condition could be that you present with - whether it is something like an auto accident, a sports injury, or lifting one of your child’s four ounce toys that many people present and say that that is what threw their back out. (Dr. Smith) A typical scope of care, or pattern of care in a typical lower back pain patient, you might find someone that starts out at two to three times a week for two or three weeks, and reduce to one to two times a week for one to two weeks, and then maybe every other week for a while until we can get that patient past (their pain). (Dr. Rubin) At chiropractic partners, we have one philosophy, and that is to get the patient better as fast as possible, get them back to work, back to activity, and out of our offices. (Dr. Smith) It could be one visit, or several visits it’s going to depend on the diagnosis, depend on the mechanism of injury, your age, how you adhere to your doctor’s recommendations. (Dr. Presas) Part of the goal, and I’ve been accused of haunting patients to get better, by retraining them on their habits, and holding them responsible every time they come in what we are teaching them. If they are compliant, and I say if they’re an A student, then they’re going to get better faster, and have better long lasting results, then someone who just hope that I’m going to fix them up and they don’t have to do anything themselves. (Dr. Wallace) We also deal with outside factors, work, play, or re-aggravations of said condition. Some patients come to us looking to achieve health, and if that is what they are looking for, chiropractic care can be a lot longer. It is more of a lifestyle change, and a life-long commitment. (Presas) It depend on the type of damage, if someone was rear-ended in the back, at sixty-five miles per hour, obviously that’s going to be a more violent injury that someone who just slept wrong, or woke up too fast when they heard the alarm go off. There are a lot of conditions in the type of injury, and the condition of the person before, and their ability to do what you need to do to get better. That is all determined when someone comes in for the initial evaluation, and we really try to teach and educate the patient on what they need to do. (Dr. Smith) It’s important to know that self-management occurs along the way, and the patient has a responsibility to want to do the exercises and to keep their spine both flexible and strong so that we can prevent a re-occurrence of the same thing, and we can give them that advice.