Chiropractor In Amarillo Answering “How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?”

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The question, “How long will I need chiropractic care?” is truly a tough question to answer.

The general answer to the question is, “It depends on your problem and it depends on your needs.” Think about it. Everyone is different. Everyone heals at a different rate. And, every injury and condition is different.

Chronic and long-lasting problems or pain can require care on an ongoing basis. Patients usually think that chiropractors are interested in seeing how many times they can get folks through their doors. The truth is, chiropractors would be so much busier if they were able to get patients 100% better in only the first visit or two. They would have patients filling their offices and coming from miles and miles to get the instant relief. But, the other truth is that patients usually do not get in the shape they are in over night and chiropractors are very unlikely to get them well in one day. It is hard to imagine a patient expecting one prescription pill to do the job so they should not expect one adjustment to do the trick either. It just takes time.

Patients tend to go to the chiropractor when the pain has reached an unbearable threshold. This approach to chiropractic care takes time and can often be costly and uncomfortable. It is always better for patients to go to the chiropractor on some sort of periodic basis in order to avoid the “acute” incidents.

Don’t get me wrong here. We are pretty good at the “I’m-in-pain-get-me-out-of-it-now” thing. We’re really good at it. But, that’s just a patch job on a larger water leak. Chiropractic is MUCH more powerful if treated as an ongoing maintenance/preventative treatment.

I feel that a good approach is to “attack” an issue at first. By “attack”, I am referring to approximately 12 visits upfront to seriously address the issue. If improvement is not seen in the problem in the first 5 or 6 adjustments, then maybe the patient has not found the correct doctor and should be referred to a doctor that can further address the condition. If improvement is seen and measurable, then continued treatment is absolutely necessary and acceptable.

The main thing to keep in mind is that patients want to be able to get in the floor and play with their children or grandchildren. And chiropractors want to be able to facilitate that desire. With a good understanding of the goals and a shared responsibility in the treatment, optimum improvement in the condition is very likely in most cases.