Too often, chiropractic care gets a bad reputation. It’s usually after a patient has a less-than-optimal experience that didn’t meet their treatment expectations. In some cases, this is due to a chiropractor’s failure to identify and treat the problem through a detailed plan. In others, it may be due to misplaced patient expectations.
The team chiropractor in San Francisco at Posture Works has heard far too many stories of patients giving up after a treatment plan was initially unsuccessful. If you’ve had a negative experience with a chiropractor in the past, don’t give up on chiropractic as a whole! Understand that chiropractic treatment plans are complex and require attention from both experienced chiropractors and patients to reach success.
Here are the top reasons chiropractic treatment plans fail and how to avoid them to reach success with your plan.
The root of the problem isn’t identified
One of the main reasons chiropractic treatment plans fail and patients are left with lingering pain or functional problems is because the root cause of the pain or dysfunction was never truly identified. Without a clear diagnosis of the problem, a chiropractor is unable to treat the source and correct it.
The Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques used at Posture Works involve an in-depth examination process. It’s used to identify the cause of your pain and generate a treatment plan with the goal of eliminating it at its source, rather than temporarily alleviating pain.
The chiropractor fails to create a comprehensive plan
Another cause of treatment plan failure is the lack of a comprehensive plan itself. The plan should have a goal, whether that is to eliminate pain or restore proper function to a joint. However, there may also be smaller goals and thoroughly detailed steps that help you build up to true problem correction.
Your comprehensive treatment plan will likely include a schedule for chiropractic treatment. It may also include other treatments like stretches for mobility, exercises for strength, massages for loosening tight tissues, and lifestyle changes.
These treatments should be carefully constructed in a plan for the future to meet your individual needs. If you are put on a generic wellness plan, you are less likely to see real results!
The patient isn’t taught along the way
In some cases, chiropractic and other professional treatments aren’t enough. Patients must also take responsibility for their treatment, which might include lifestyle changes, nutrition changes, posture alterations, and at-home rehabilitation.
The chiropractor is responsible for teaching their patients about their conditions. This includes explaining the purpose for each facet of the treatment plan, and carefully laying out expectations for at-home care and alterations that may assist them in reaching their goals.
Additionally, the patient should be vigilant about asking questions and learning about their condition and the ways they might be able to assist in their own treatment for better results.
The patient gives up too soon
The fourth reason chiropractic treatment plans might fail is because the patient gives up on treatment too early. Too often, patients expect their ailments to be cured in a single session.
Unfortunately, even a few chiropractic sessions may not be enough to fully treat the problem causing pain or limited mobility. Patients should be willing to commit to the duration of their treatment plans for the best results. This includes discussion of any questions or concerns they have with their chiropractor, to ensure a treatment plan that works best for them.
At Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO, our team of spinal experts works hard to create comprehensive, personalized treatment plans for every patient. Call us today to learn more!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.