Getting the most from your chiropractic visit is a two way street. There are a few issues that arise that can prevent you from getting the most from your treatment in our office. Things such as not following the treatment plan, not disclosing all issues or activities, not doing the given exercises, and discontinuing treatment on your own.
Open discussion of your specific issue, as well as other issues you may have, allows for consideration of the symptoms being connected. If these symptoms aren’t revealed it could lead to an incomplete diagnosis or incorrect diagnosis. So you may not think it is related but it could be, so share it with the doctor. For example, foot pain can be related to lower back pain and even headaches due to biomechanics.
Not following the treatment plan is probably the biggest mistake patients make. It’s hard to say what the reasoning is, but it most certainly decreases the effectiveness of treatment. Treatment plans in our office are specifically designed for each patient, there are no cookie cutter treatment plans. So the plan given is the best course of action for that specific issue at that specific time for that specific patient. Taking the plan into your own hands and trying to cut corners only hurt progress and you probably won’t get the desired results. This ends up being a waste of your money and the results are mediocre. We understand the hesitation with treatment plans as we have heard horror stories of non-ethical plans that draw on forever. This doesn’t happen at Performance Chiropractic!
Skipping your exercises is going to be a killer to your progress. We strive to correct the injury but then go further to correct the issues that led to the injury. Typically the exercises are designed to correct that underlying problem so it doesn’t come back. If you don’t do the exercises provided that means your injury and pain will likely return. We understand that time is tight and they are difficult to remember, but it’s the best thing for your long term health.
Finally, ending treatment on your own. This ties back to not following the treatment plan, but deserves it’s own thoughts. Ending your treatment plan before it is complete does a few things. First, we can’t reassess you to adequately say the issue is resolved or not. We do evaluations on the last visit to compare the start of treatment to the end to make sure all goals have been achieved. This also gives a baseline going forward if there is a recurrence or a new issue that is related. Also, the exercises are typically altered at this time to change to a maintenance plan rather then a corrective. Finally, the biggest problem with ending the plan early is you are not finished with treatment, so the problem is very likely to come back. If chiropractic treatment is not working, the next step is to refer you and/or get further imaging such as a MRI. This way we would get you to the next appropriate doctor to deal with the condition saving you time and money. If you go at it alone you may not end up in the right place or with the best doctor which could effect the outcome of your recovery.
We do our best here at Performance Chiropractic to do right by our patients and never take advantage of them. You can be assured that our recommendations for treatment have your best interests in mind not ours.