Why it is Important to Stick to Your Prescribed Treatment Plan

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treatment plan is a detailed plan tailored to the individual needs and objectives of the patient.  While the contents of the treatment plan may not be what the patient had envisioned, it is what the patient needs.

Chiropractic has been around and practiced for 125 years. Out of those years of clinical experience and studies, it has been objectively proven that when a treatment plan is developed and followed as prescribed, the patient’s outcome is significantly better.

A treatment plan is developed from the doctor’s findings obtained during your consultation, exam and analysis of your x-rays.   The doctor will also consider other factors when determining the number of treatments you will need.  These will include your age, how long your condition has persisted, the severity of the symptoms and your overall health.  Your outcome will be directly related to your adherence of your prescribed treatment plan.

 

A treatment plan is broken up into phases with notable milestones that build off of each other to obtain your stated objectives.  Your stated objectives are determined during your initial consultation with your doctor.  The first phase is referred to as the Relief Phase of Care in which the goal is to control, minimize or relieve the symptoms. Depending on how serve your condition is and the soft tissue involved, you can be treated every day or every other day until your condition normalizes.  This can be as short as one week or as long as 6 to 8 weeks.  Most patients experience steady improvement during this initial phase of care. In some cases, the condition may temporarily get worse before it gets better.  Patience and persistence will be key to a successfully outcome.  Your doctor may prescribe other modalities to help relieve symptoms, reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.  Some cases may require removal from work, limiting activities and bed rest for several days.

 

The second phase is the Healing and Correction Phase.  The pain and inflammation that motivated you to see the doctor must be reduced and under control before healing of soft tissue and correction of the misalignment in the spine begins.  Soft tissue is what holds the vertebra of the spine in place.  Injuries or over-use causes it to break down and results in inflammation, spasms, misalignment and neuritis.    Soft tissue of the spine consists of ligaments, tendons, discs, nerves and muscles.  Soft tissues of the spine take 90 to 120 days to fully heal.  The objective of the Healing and Corrective Phase as prescribed is to continue with the healing of the spinal soft tissue, prevent re-occurrence of symptoms and the correction of spinal misalignment.  The goal of this phase is to continue the healing process and prevent a relapse.    Stopping your treatment plan once the pain is gone generally leads to re-occurrences of the condition.  Skipping and missing treatments reduce the effectiveness of the treatments and limits or prevents a successful outcome.

 

The final phase of your prescribed treatment plan (Strengthen and Correction Phase) is designed to continue the correction of misalignment and strengthen the soft tissue of the spine to prevent the re-occurrences of flare ups.  Propper strengthening and stretching exercises will be prescribed to help to restore normal ranges of motion and strengthen the soft tissues of the spine.

 

It is important for you to understand the importance of maintaining a healthy spine.  Spinal pain will limit all phases of your life if you let it.  Please understand that a treatment plan is not developed based on what your health insurance will cover or your schedule.  It is based on what you need to be well again.

January’s Resolution? Weight Loss!! Need some help?

January’s Resolution:   Weight Loss! 

Want to Change?

Every year the number one resolution of Americans is to lose weight. Weight is a major health issue in America. The rate of overweight or obese has been rising for decades topping at 66% of Americans. A recent study, researchers found that the trend may have been short-lived. If nothing changes, they estimate that half of all U.S. teenagers will be overweight or obese by 2030 — as will one-third of kids between 6 and 11 years old.

Overweight and obesity are defined by the World Health Organization as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to determine if you are categized as overweight or obese. BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. The easiest way to calculate your body mass index is by using an online BMI calculator. Just plug in your weight, height, age, and gender and the calculator does all the work for you. Not only does it tell you your body mass index measurement, the calculator also tells you a healthy BMI range for your age and sex. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index.html.

The medical establishment is recognizing that diet and weight are major contributing factors in the cause of may diseases such as: Heart disease and stroke, High blood pressure, Diabetes , Some cancers, Gallbladder disease & gallstones, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Breathing problems, sleep apnea, asthma just to name a few.

Most people want to lose weight for the purpose of looking good not realizing they are bettering their overall health. It has been recently been discovered that the fat tissues (adipose tissue) creates hormones and inflammatory agents that make you gain weight and make you ache. The adipose tissue creates estrogen that will make men flabby and weak and increase weight in the buttock and thighs for women. The adipose tissue generates inflammatory agents that cause skin conditions, muscle and joint pain and just and overall feeling of not feeling well. The tissues and organs get filled with these toxic agents that need to be flushed by a good cleanse and detox program followed by a wholesome nutritional program.

If you are looking to Loss Weight and look & feel good again ask Dr. Lincoln about the Cleanse and Detox program to Lose Weight & Feel Better.

Foot Levers Orthothics

  New Additions to the Practice

Correcting Foot / Knee / Hip & Potential Reoccurring Back Ache  

                              Custom Orthotics made to correct your fallen arches.

  The foot and ankle is the foundation of the body. Loss of the arches of the feet can lead to foot problems, knee and back problems. Pronated feet and ankles can cause the knees to turn inward,
a condition commonly known as knock-knees.  This abnormal placement of the knees then shifts the angle where the thigh bone meets the pelvis, resulting in an unsteady hip posture that also destabilizes the spine. The result is a domino effect that starts at the feet, works its way up the leg and into the pelvis and spine. Walking and standing with the feet, legs, hips, and spine constantly out of alignment can contribute to back pain.

 

 

Save yourself hundreds of dollars. Dr. Lincoln will be scan your feet free of charge and review the results of your scan.

These are not “Off-the-Shelf Dr. Scholl’s” orthotics. These are custom made based on scan of your foot.

They are high quality long lasting orthotics.