Your care plan is structured around you as an individual and the requirements of your injury. Care plans will vary depending on the cause and nature of your presenting complaint. Chronic or long-standing conditions may require a higher frequency or duration of care to enable your body to heal to its optimum. This may be due to the amount or scar tissue that has formed over years of repeated injury. These injuries may also leave you with altered movements of your joints, arthritis or degeneration of both soft and hard tissues. This process takes time and therefore will require time to heal appropriately.
Acute or more recent injuries however may only require a short amount of time to heal where we can aid and guide your body to heal at its best. There may still be exercises and rehabilitation for you to do to complete the healing process also, so access to our rehab facility is given to all patients, regardless of the type or injury you present with.
Typically; there are 3 phases to any care plan, starting with the main goal of symptom relief.
Phase 1: Relief Care Phase
This phase is rooted in the most important thing on most patients’ minds when they see any health care professional, the pain or the issue that brought you to us in the first place. During this phase, we look to improve your health from the ground up, help alleviate your areas of pain and dysfunction. This phase of care can be quite intense requiring multiple visits per week. The frequency of all phases of your care plan are dependant upon factors such as how long you have been suffering with the issue, how it occurred and any previous failed attempts to treat or correct the problem already undertaken. Once your symptoms are under control, we can then move to the next phase.
Phase 2: Rehabilitation Phase
This phase of care is focussed on empowering you with more and more responsibility for how you can help improve the function of your spine and central nervous system. This will include home strategies for optimal exercises for you to utilise in conjunction with in office exercises for functional and structural rehabilitation. These will include traction to restore correct alignment of your body and strengthening exercises to keep you there, thus reducing the risk of future relapses and recurrences. The frequency of this phase can vary greatly and your care plan will be discussed fully with you during your Report Appointment.
Phase 3: Supportive Care Phase
Once your goals have been met, your body is functioning at it best and has been restored back to as normal as possible, then your care plan is gradually reduced to keep you at your best. This is done in the safest way possible as your needs will continue to be met to keep you on track. This phase of care can also vary greatly and therefore may change with time. Regular maintenance checks are always recommended so that any twinges or traumas (small or large) can be addressed swiftly to keep you healthy and pain free.