Sooner is Better: Little problems often result in large problems, if neglected. Patients who are seen within the first week of onset with mild to moderate symptoms will often have their problems resolved within a few treatments. It is not uncommon for us to have patients come in after 3 weeks to 3 months after onset of the first symptoms. In such cases, treatment may be extended over 2 - 6 weeks of treatment. With such chronic, difficult problems, a single "miracle" treatment is unrealistic and should not be expected.
Window of healing: With traumatic injury (auto accident, falls) there is often severe soft tissue injury. It is important for the patient to understand that there is a key important window of healing that lasts from 6 - 8 weeks where the body is in "high mode" of healing. Damaged tissue is replaced during this time with collagen (scar) tissue. Scar tissue is much different from the original muscle or ligament tissue it replaces. Muscle and ligament tissues are supple; it easily stretches. Scar tissue is not and does not. It is dense, hard, and resists stretch. For this reason it is vital that this new scar material be molded as it is being laid down in order for it to function properly (without chronic pain). If treatment is postponed beyond this window of high mode healing, there may be irreversible residuals that will result in chronic stiffness, impairment and pain.
Chronic Pain Syndromes: What kind of outcomes can one expect with these ongoing pain syndromes from this office? Total healing or "cure" is not realistic. Reduction of pain and reduction of medications is what we expect as a result of treatment here. Typically, a 3 - 4 week trial is set up to see if there is any movement toward a favorable outcome. If there is not, the trial is over and treatment ends. During the trial, we will employ certain combinations of conservative techniques of chiropractic manipulation, US, EMS, acupuncture, cold laser, auricular therapy, exercise therapies and natural medicines in an effort to blend our treatment with other health professionals that have also proven helpful or who are perhaps providing care concurrently.