In this article, I decided to answer to a very common question I have at the office: how long will it take to treat my condition? Here is the answer to that question.
The time is takes to treat your health condition depends on the following factors:
– The nature of your injury
– Your general health condition and your habits
– The goals you want to achieve concerning this injury
– Your implication in your care
The nature of your condition
Of course, the time it takes to treat your injury depends on its nature. For example, a muscle injury heals generally faster than a ligament injury, simply because of the good blood flow found in the muscle compare to the ligament. The same phenomenon if you have a disc injury versus a pelvic injury, the disc injury will usually take more time to heal. This is why the chiropractor will take the time to perform a complete chiropractic exam, in order to establish a precise chiropractic diagnosis. Based on the established chiropractic diagnosis, the chiropractor will be able to give you a better evaluation of the healing time it usually takes for the condition. It is also important to consider the time that passed by between the beginning of the condition and your consultation. Usually, a recent problem is easier to treat compared to a chronic condition, in other words a problem you had for many weeks or months.
Your general health condition and your habits
The nature of your injury isn’t the only factor to consider. Your general health condition and your habits are also very important. Researches showed that smoking decreases the blood flow to the disc between the vertebrae. Therefore, if you are a smoker and you have a disc injury, your condition may take more time to heal and the risk of recurrence may be higher. Other factors could increase the healing time like: if you have a very strenuous work, if you had the same problem a few times in the past or if you have a poor general health condition (especially cardiovascular). It is exactly to evaluate those factors that the chiropractor will ask you many questions concerning your general health and habits.
Your objective concerning this injury
When the nature of your injury will be determined, the chiropractor will want to know your objective concerning this problem. For example, is your main goal to get rid of the pain or do you want to fix the weaknesses responsible for the recurrence of this problem?
Based on your objective, the chiropractor will be able to recommend you the type of chiropractic care you need. You’ll have the choice between symptomatic care, corrective care or preventive care.
Symptomatic care: The main goal of this type of chiropractic care is to decrease the pain as fast as possible so you can go back to your normal activities. Generally, the frequency of care is higher with this type of care in order to improve your condition as quickly as possible.
Corrective care: The absence of pain doesn’t mean that the healing process is over. The improvement of your symptoms may indicate that the irritation decreased but doesn’t indicate that the condition is healed. It is exactly for this reason that some patients hurt themselves again not long after being back at their regular activities. For those who want to decrease the risk of recurrence of their condition, corrective care is for them. Generally, in this type of care, the frequency of care is decreased and exercises are prescribed in order to strengthen the weaknesses responsible for relapses.
Preventive care: This type of care represents a regular check up of your condition in order to detect and correct dysfunctions right at the beginning. As mentioned earlier, it is usually easier to treat a recent problem than a chronic problem.
Your implication in your care
The last factor is your implication in your care. The chiropractor’s responsibility is to give you the most adapted treatment for your condition and the best recommendations possible. However, you have the choice to follow the recommendations or not. Usually, the healing time is faster if you follow the recommended advices.
As you can see, the time it takes to treat an injury depends on many factors. After the initial exam at the chiropractic office, the chiropractor will be able to give a better idea of the time it’ll take to treat your condition. Don’t forget that you are always free to start or stop your care. The chiropractor’s goal is to give you all the tools you need to get better, but you are always free to use them or not.