The number of adjustments recommended depends on your age, examination and x-ray findings, how long you have had the problem and your lifestyle. Dr. Rulli will make recommendations for your care and go over your treatment plan with you at your visit. His treatment plan will include both short term goals (like restoring normal joint function and reducing your pain) and long term goals (like returning you to the activities you love to do.)
Conditions that occur suddenly and with severe symptoms are called acute conditions. Acute conditions require several adjustments over a short period of time to restore your body’s normal structural alignment and joint function. These visits build on one another and your process is cumulative. This is why it is so important that you keep your appointments. Once resolved, these cases do not usually require supportive care.
Once your symptoms are reduced, it is advisable to add rehabilitative exercises to your treatment plan. These exercises are selected specifically to strength the muscles that support the area(s) of your body that are weak. Performing these exercises, with good form and as frequently as prescribed, can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction by as much as 30-40%. If you have any questions about how to perform your rehab exercises, please ask Dr. Rulli on your next visit.
Most patients find once they begin chiropractic care they are more aware of their bodies and when things don’t “feel right”. Once patients experience the value of chiropractic, many choose to continue care with less frequency. A study published in the April 2011 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine supports chiropractic maintenance care for post injury low back pain patients. This study followed 894 injured workers for a period of one year. During that year there were four different types of therapy available to the workers: medical management, physical therapy, chiropractic, and no therapy. Episodes of repeat disability were recorded during the year following the initial injury. Physical therapy had the highest percentage of re-injured workers followed by those receiving medical management or no treatment at all. The lowest incidence of repeat injury was found among those workers who had received chiropractic maintenance care*.
Dr. Rulli can help you find a treatment schedule that is right for you.
* Medical Research Supports Chiropractic Maintenance Care; http://www.chiroaccess.com/Articles
J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Apr;53(4):396-404.