Q: What are the goals of treatment?
A: The principle goal of treatment is restoration of functions in most cases. This is accomplished by:
• Control of pain and inflammation.
• Reversing muscle spasm and shortening to restore joint range of motion.
• Improved muscular strength.
• Improved biomechanical functions of the spine and joints enhancing balance and coordination.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: The frequency and duration of treatments always depends upon these factors:
• Severity and chronicity of the condition.
• The patient’s response to treatment.
• Co-existing conditions.
• Potential re-injury.
• Possible interruptions in treatment.
Typically treatment can begin at the time of initial evaluation. At the beginning of treatment, follow-up visits are scheduled at one or two-week intervals, then less frequently as the condition improves.
Q: How quickly can I see the doctor when I need to?
A: Severe pain is always an urgent matter and our entire staff understands that. While we cannot take walk-in patients, we can often arrange to see them on a same-day basis when truly necessary.
Q: Will the treatment be painful?
A: When treatment involves injections of some kind, every effort is made to minimize discomfort at every step. Most people tolerate them without any problem. Sometimes a medication is given orally before procedures to reduce anxiety but intravenous sedation is never required for what we do.
Q: What can I expect after treatment?
A: Occasionally, patients experience transient light headedness after nerve blocks. This can be minimized by eating before coming in. It usually only lasts about 15 minutes and most people can drive home after treatment. It is a good idea to take it easy the rest of the day if possible. Often, pain relief is delayed for a few days.
Q: Will my insurance cover the treatments?
A: All of our treatments are standard medical practices and are recognized by insurance payers as such. Some policies exclude payment for some procedures and this can be determined before treatment to avoid billing for them and creating patient liabilities.