A common question is how long chiropractic treatment should continue. Your chiropractor will discuss the need for any ongoing care with you, and it will depend on your specific back problem. For most people, the need is for immediate relief, but chiropractors provide three different levels of care.
• Relief care is provided for immediate pain and discomfort. Depending on the diagnosis, your age and physical condition, one visit, or several visits over a short period of time may be necessary.
• Corrective care treats long term spinal problems. Because these problems have existed for some time they require a longer, more complex period of care, which may include a customized exercise program.
• Supportive or maintenance care helps you maintain and enjoy the benefits you’ve achieved from relief and corrective care. Continuing to work with your chiropractor and having adjustments once in a while will keep your spine as healthy as possible.
Every individual is different, and your chiropractor will recommend a course of care that is right for you. If chiropractic care is not the best solution for your specific health problem, your chiropractor will make an appropriate referral. Because of chiropractic’s concern for your overall well-being, most treatment is accompanied by exercise, diet and other healthy living suggestions to help keep your back healthy and strong.