I am often asked at my Raleigh chiropractic office how many visits will it take to fix someone’s condition and make them feel better.
How Many Visits to Your Raleigh Chiropractor Before You Feel Better?
The best answer to the question of how many visits to the Chiropractor you will need to feel better is a little complicated because everybody’s body and conditions are different. As a top Raleigh Chiropractor, I can provide a general overview answering this popular question.
Good Chiropractors do everything they can to help their patients improve and respond as quickly as possible with the fewest amount of treatments while empowering their patients to keep up with things at home on their own that can make the chiropractic treatments longer lasting and more affective.
First and foremost, my job as a top Raleigh Chiropractor is to treat and manage my patients conditions in the shortest amount of time with the greatest amount of benefit. The goal of any chiropractic treatment should be an improvement in function and decrease in pain levels.
Based on my vast experience as a top Raleigh Chiropractor, the general rule with chiropractic treatment is to go through 1 to 4 weeks of treatment at 2-3 visits a week and then determine how the condition is responding. It is recommended that once improvements start to be seen in patients, the treatment frequency tapers back.
Now, there are exceptions to this (such as conditions like herniated discs , sprains and strains, ligament tears, chronic conditions like degenerative disc disease, chronic headaches and migraines, advanced age, or having a history of prior surgeries). There are also exceptions where a patient only requires 1 to 4 visits because they have shown a resolution of their symptoms in a very short amount of time.
It may be viewed as unethical for a Chiropractor to recommend continuing treatment to a patient that no longer has the original symptoms that they started treatment with. The Chiropractor should also utilize referrals with other medical professionals when treatment is slow, not progressing, or ineffective at all.
Initial Questions to Ask Your New Raleigh Chiropractor:
1. What chiropractic services does the Raleigh Chiropractor offer? Does he/she offer physical therapies, like exercises and muscle work (which have been shown when combined with chiropractic care to improve medical conditions much faster)?
2. Does the Raleigh Chiropractor require pre-payments for treatment? This may be a sign that the chiropractor is willing to hold you into a certain amount of treatments regardless of how quickly or slowly you’re showing improvements.
3. Does the Raleigh Chiropractor work with other doctors on a frequent basis like pain management physicians, orthopedic surgeons, Neurosurgeons, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturist, primary care physicians.
4. Asking your Raleigh Chiropractor if treatments are necessary once the symptoms have resolved. If the Chiropractor begins discussing ongoing continued treatment when symptoms have resolved, this is a potential red flag that the Chiropractor has potentially the wrong motives.
5. Lastly, make sure to ask your Raleigh Chiropractor, what will we do if I’m not improving with the treatment in 2-6 weeks?
In summary, there are a variety of factors and conditions that may require more extensive chiropractic treatment to bring to a resolution such as car accident injuries, sports injuries, advanced age and chronic conditions. On the other hand, there are many conditions that should resolve within a short amount of time usually between two and four weeks with chiropractic treatment that should be brought to a conclusion or tapered back once symptoms are resolving or improving.
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Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes,D.C.