Types of Treatment
In this phase of treatment the primary goal is to provide the individual
with symptomatic relief. Treatment is focused on those techniques and therapies which are known to reduce
swelling, muscle spasm and pain quickly. This will allow the majority of individuals to continue
their activities of daily living. At completion of this phase of care the patient is still prone to
relapse and needs to watch how and what they do. The condition that predisposed the patient to injury is
still present. Pain is reduced. Additional care will be needed to correct the problem that caused
the weakness in the spine, joint, tendon or muscles.
The corrective phase of care is to strengthen the injured areas to prevent return or
immediate re-injury. During this phase, care will shift to treatments that will help to reduce nerve
irritation, improve joint function, joint mobility, muscle strength and return to normal daily activities.
These may include such things as return to work requirements, sports activities, and other
activities of enjoyment such as a restful nights sleep. Treatment will continue to improve spinal
alignment, exercise will be recommended to strengthen muscles that support the area of injury, stretching
activiies to improve mobility. Improvement in spinal or joint balance will be evaluated with concentration on
normal posture and education of body movements during activities. This is the most important phase of care
because it helps in the prevention of degeneration in years to come.
Maintenance care is for conditions that may have been severe; preventing full recovery or
conditions that have degenerated past the stage of the bodies ability to repair itself to normal homeostasis.
This may be due to prolonged damage without seeking proper treatment such as degenerative disc disease or arthritic
changes of the spinal bones and joints preventing full stablization of the injured areas. Without maintenance
care the condition has increased risk of progressively degenerating more. In maintainance care we try to
provide the best function possible and at the same time slow progression. Chiropractic spinal adjustments,
nutritional supplements, laser treatments, or acupuncture treatments along with changes in activities of
daily living such as diet and exercise may be needed. Periodic care is better and more cost effective than
chronic emergency care.
Wellness care are for patients that want to take control of their health and to make it the
best that they can achieve. In this form of care spinal integrity, diet, and exercise are very
important. Since the nervous system controls the whole body continued reduction of spinal nerve
irritation is very important. Other natural ways to assist the body such as nutrition testing will be
evaluated to provide adaquate vitamins to help the body maintain homeostasis. Naturopathic forms of
therapy can help in this phase by improving general body functions. It's your health.
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