But how can a treatment plan maximize your results? If you name what your goals are, and lay out the path for getting there, this means better efficiency and communication. This can be the case for nearly any arena in life, but specifically in chiropractic, when you create a goal for a patient, everyone is more motivated to get it accomplished and the patient has a rubric to compare their results to.
Beyond this, treatment plans can contain both long-term and short-term goals. This keeps everyone motivated as well because when short-term goals are reached, that gives a little extra push to keep going and get the long-term treatment plan goals accomplished next. Step by step is the best way to full recovery.
That’s what we all want—to get back to our regular, daily activities. And in good time. With a treatment plan at our office, there are typically target dates listed for each goal or each sub-task for each goal. It could include an improved range of motion by a specific date, or lessened pain with a specific activity by another date. It’s good to have these benchmarks as part of your treatment plan so it gives both the patient and the provider a good sense of whether you’re on track to get back to normal in a timely manner.
When working on healing and treating one part of the body, the difficult part may be that another portion of the body may get out of alignment, or become injured. With a treatment plan, the provider and patient are hyper-aware of what could go wrong and take measures to prevent any additional injuries or pain created while trying to improve another part of the body.
For example, progressing cognitive issues or disc lesions that may require advanced imaging like an MRI may be able to be found when going in for regular care. Consistency is key to making sure you stay healthy—and if we do find something, we certainly make referrals to specialists for holistic care, and keep patients aware of any need for surgical intervention.
Treatment helps minimize pain by promptly correcting any subluxations and displacements with massage therapy incorporated so the body can adapt more easily to the abrupt changes caused by the accident.
Treatment can also help with any internal scar tissue by restoring healthy nerve flow with adjustments and treating the actual scar tissue, or chiropractic care can help prevent it from forming at all. Add therapeutic massage and cold laser to help minimize inflammation, and we maximize the treatment and care we can provide.
With a treatment plan, it’s best to continue per your provider’s directions. The scheduling of the appointments is not random—it is built in a way that allows you to address short-term goals and prevent any worsening of conditions. Having a proper diagnosis for your treatment plan is imperative for your recovery as well as going when you’re scheduled, and doing the stretches and exercises recommended to you.
If, at some point, you stop going to the chiropractor in the midst of your treatment plan, you may think all is well. Down the line, symptoms may develop because you did not complete your treatment, and you’re either back where you started, or doing even worse. Treatment plans by chiropractic physicians can diagnose, treat, and prevent. If you stop following your treatment plan, a re-evaluation will be necessary to continue treatment.
If you’ve been in an auto accident or have had a personal injury, there’s no shortage of paperwork. Both having a treatment plan and sticking with it will help you show the insurance company that you’re serious about getting better. On the other hand, a gap in care could indicate to your insurance company that you don’t need the coverage or treatment that you’re receiving. It could show inconsistency between your reported injury and the treatment you’re seeking.