Phase 1 is Acute Care.
Most patients experience a significant improvement in symptoms within the first three to six treatments although some patients report improvement after only one or two treatments. Daily treatment is warranted in this stage. Usually the patient is physically incapable of working in an acute stage. Occasionally, a more advanced degenerative condition or a multi-level herniated disc condition may take several weeks of daily treatment before realizing a major decline in symptoms.
Phase 2 is Relief Care.
As the acute episode is relieved the patient feels better at rest although any strenuous or prolonged activity rekindles the pain. It is normal at this stage to be better one day, then not so much better the next, three steps forward one day and two steps back the next. Those with sedentary jobs or the availability of ''light work'' may return to work in the late stages of Relief. Relief usually takes a few weeks although response varies according to age, chronicity, severity, and general level of fitness.
Phase 3 is Stability.
As circulation is restored to the damaged disc, and the compression of the pinched nerve abates, the healing begins. Stability, of course, implies a degree of instability. There are still up days and down days although the ''ups'' keep going higher and the ''downs'' aren't so far down, and don't last so long. After a few weeks of treatment at a rate of two to three treatments a week most patients are more stable than unstable. All patients except those with perhaps the most physically demanding jobs are and have been back to work. Light stretching type exercises are essential to strengthen the spinal musculature so as to stabilize the spinal joints.
Phase 4 is Rehabilitative.
It is one thing to feel better at rest, but quite another to still feel better with any strenuous or prolonged activity. A little more effort on the part of the patient at this point can help ensure that a long lasting result is obtained. Strengthening exercises done at home are highly recommended. Time is a key element of rehabilitative care and although the patient may be monitored from 4 to as many as 8 weeks in this phase the rate of treatment is usually only once weekly or every other week.
How many treatment sessions are usually needed?
Individual treatment plans may vary and will be determined by the doctor following an initial exam.
To determine if you are a candidate for this exciting new treatment option,
call us at Triangle Disc Care (919) 571-2515.
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