Why do I
have to go so frequently for treatment? Is it really necessary?
way to answer this is to use an analogy. If you had an infection
and visited your MD, there is a chance he would prescribe an antibiotic
to fight the infection. That prescription might need to be taken
twice a day for 14 days. In that 14 day time period you received
28 treatments. It doesn't seem like it because you only had one
actual visit to the office. In chiropractic, the treatment is
given in the office, not at home and not out of a bottle. So,
if you were to receive treatment three times per week for nine
weeks, while it may seem like a lot of treatment, you were actually
treated one time less than in the medical analogy given above.
like once you start going to a chiropractor you have to go forever!
many patients CHOOSE to receive chiropractic throughout their
lives because they see the improvements in their lifestyle and
health. Let's face it, our society is geared towards fast food,
fast cars, and immediate gratification. It is no wonder that people
also want fast food healthcare. Let's give you another analogy
that may help. Diabetics and those with allergies sometimes need
medication every day or every week of their life!!! In some cases
patients with significant structural problems need structural
support for long periods of time and perhaps the rest of their
life. While these types of problems are not an everyday occurrence
in my office, they do happen. Most people who come to my office
for care for longer periods of time simply like the way they feel
and choose to utilize chiropractic treatment more thoroughly than
is not accepted by the medical profession. My doctor doesn t want
me to utilize chiropractic.
situation was very common when I first started practicing over
20 years ago, there are occasionally patients who tell me this
even today. It is unfortunate that this occurs. I personally don't
believe that any doctor has all of the answers. That is why I
refer to most other types of doctors when the need arises. In
most cases, the medical doctor who has this attitude may still
carry the prejudices of years past or has a total misunderstanding
of what chiropractic treatment consists of and what our goals
of treatment are. I have found that if this ever occurs, a telephone
call by me to your doctor can help alleviate any concerns your
medical doctor has with treatment. In some cases, after discussing
the patient's additional health issues with the medical doctor,
I may alter my approach of treatment because of a patient's health
are not "real" doctors.
is true if you mean medical doctors. We certainly aren't medical
doctors and have chosen not to be. When I decided to enter chiropractic
school, I chose to enter a healing art that concentrated on the
spine and extremities. I chose a field of study that looked for
the structural causes of health conditions and how a patient's
condition could be corrected rather than entering a field of medicine,
which in many cases, chose to cover up symptoms through the use
are not allowed to use drugs or perform surgery.
is a true statement by statute, I refer to the last question for
an answer. When chiropractors enter chiropractic school, they
choose to enter a healing art that does not use medication or
surgery as its treatment choice. So, it is not a matter of not
allowed to; it is a matter of don't want to.
Why do I
have to keep coming, the pain is gone!
back to the concept of threshold level of pain. Soon, with treatment,
the pain level is reduced or gone. In many cases, if treatment
is stopped at that time, the bulk of the condition is still looming
behind the scenes, so to speak, below the water line (threshold
level of pain). Once normal activity is resumed and the normal
daily stresses occur, the pain will again re-appear. That is why
I re-examine patients from time to time to determine where they
are in care, and have a better indication as to what is needed.
I came to
you for a few months, was satisfied with the results and decided
to stop care. Now a few months later or more, my pain has returned.
I really don t want to get started all over again and I don't want
to have to come in for a long time.
from time to time. Please understand something. I recommend the
treatment that YOUR condition requires. The best thing I can tell
you is that IF it has been a long time since treatment ended,
let's say 6 months to a year, there is a good chance at least
a brief examination is needed to determine if the condition is
the same or different than before. In many cases, the same amount
of treatment is NOT needed. If you make it clear what your goals
are, I will customize your treatment to give you what you need.
I will, however, recommend, what your condition needs, not necessarily
what you want to hear. It is then up to you to decide what you
want. Please don't be intimidated by me or my recommendations.
As corny as it sounds, I want to help you to the degree you want
help. It is your body and health afterall!