Rehabilitative Chiropractic Care For Lasting Results
Have you ever been to a Doctors office where you received treatment, the problem felt better, and then… it came back? Maybe it’s the same as it was. Maybe it’s even worse this time around. Yeah, we hate that too. The reason is most likely two fold;
1. The practitioner gave attention and treatment solely based on symptoms and/or pain location (aka… it’s coming from somewhere else)
2. There was no methodical approach to ensuring that when you relieve the pain, steps were taken to neutralize the cause and improve overall function for the long term (aka… no rehabilitative care was incorporated into treatment)
At Rocky Mountain Spine and Disc, our goal is not just to get you better, but keep you better. Our treatment protocols are generally divided up into three distinct phases: acute care, rehabilitation and correction, and maintenance and supportive care.
The goals of phase 1; acute phase, include reducing or eliminating the patient’s symptoms as quickly as possible, improving joint range of motion, and beginning the restoration of normal joint alignment.
Patients receive training on in-office rehabilitative equipment and also are instructed on procedures that they must do twice daily for strengthening postural muscles,improving flexibility, and building endurance. At the end of acute care, patients are assessed for their progress and readiness for phase 2; rehabilitation and correction. This phase of care is typically where treatment frequency is decreased as the patient starts to heal and experience less pain or symptoms. This is where most of the at-home exercises and therapies are increased. Rehabilitation and correction continues until normal or maximal medical improvement is achieved. Time spent in this phase of care depends upon the extent of injuries, age of the patient, chronicity of the presenting complaint, and patient compliance.
Finally, we move to phase 3; maintenance and supportive care. This phase focuses upon making the structural changes long lasting, and ensuring there are no major regressions or setbacks in symptoms. Treatment frequency is at it’s lowest in this phase of care.
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