No matter which doctor you go to, whether it’s a chiropractor, medical doctor, orthopedic, or pain management, everyone has the same goal in mind: to get you out of pain, and to get you to feel better. There is a certain protocol of care that everyone does, which have some differences depending on who you see. The better you can understand that, the more that you can make better decisions on where you need to go with your particular treatment, since everyone responds to all types of care differently.
We bring this up because a few of our patients have recently been asking some questions about this exact topic. It can be frustrating when you are not responding as well as you thought you would to a particular treatment.
The first thing we need to do is an examination to find out what is going on and why you are experiencing pain. What will usually happen is therapy for a month, and some sort of anti inflammatory treatment. At a chiropractor, they might suggest adjustments for a month to decompress the joints, and icing the area.
If you chose to go to a physical therapist, they will probably have you on a similar treatment plan. It will most likely be more exercise and stretching based, modality based (ultrasound, laser, electric stim), ice, and over the counter anti inflammatories.
A medical doctor (your primary, orthopedic, or a neurologist), they will do the same thing! They are going to give you some type of medicine to take the inflammation down, and they will recommend some sort of therapy such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, home exercises, and stretches.
At the end of a month, your care provider will ask you if you feel better? If the answer is no, the next step is to do some imaging. MRI’s or CT scans will be used to get a clearer picture of what is going on. Injections may also be brought to your attention. What are injections? Injections put medicine on the problem areas. These areas are determined by looking at the imaging. They will do one to three of those, along with more therapy.
Finally, if you are still experiencing pain after this second month, they may begin to discuss the option of surgery or other options such as manipulation under anesthesia (which we can perform.)
To conclude, different people will respond better or worse to different things, depending on things you cannot control, like DNA or genetics. Finding what works for you is the key to eliminating pain for good!
If you have any questions, feel free to call us 843 804 8100 or even message me on Facebook