What Are My Treatment Options?


There's more than one way to skin a cat, and as the saying goes, there are a variety of ways to treat a structural abnormality. If you are not already on them, prescriptions pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti inflammatory medications are usually the first resort. If they don't work out, the next step is usually physical therapy. Cortisone injections are usually the next step and in many cases, when these other treatments don't work, more invasive procedures are recommended. Some patients have even taken a trip or two to the "conventional" chiropractor.

Regardless of your experience or level of success with these treatments, all of them have been known to be helpful to many people. We just want you to know what your choices are so that you make the best decision for you and your condition. We have no opinion on any of these options. Our focus here at Corrective Chiropractic is Structural Correction. When we direct the spine back into the healthy normal ranges, it relieves pressure on the discs, ligaments and muscles and ultimately takes the pressure off the nerves, allowing secondary-conditions (symptoms) to improve.

So after your Complete Structural Examination you will return to review the findings and receive our best recommendation to achieve maximum correction. This visit is included with the examination along with an opportunity to get a taste of what it is like to be a patient in this office. A taste means you will get a slightly toned down version of a Structural Correction session, so you know what to expect without being surprised on any subsequent visits.

As for "How long does it take?"...A young adult patient with moderate structural changes can expect to spend a MINIMUM of 16 weeks under care. This includes up to 3 sessions per week  as well as following the required Complimentary Recommendations which include Corrective Mobilization, Structural Correction Exercises, sleep position, cervical and lumbar supports, nutritional supplements (just a few things), foot correctors, leg length enhancement, shoe recommendations, etc...Everything and anything that can accelerate or enhance the outcome.

At the end of the initial phase of correction the Complete Structural Exam is repeated. You will probably feel great, and all your secondary conditions are "all cleared up", but that isn't as important as confirming, objectively, if your spine is corrected structurally, moving in the right direction, or if nothing happened. Orthodontists have it easy, they just tell you to open your mouth to see how the braces are doing. We can't x-ray you everyday, so, after the recommended plan is completed, we take a look.

Finally, just like you would wear a retainer for your teeth after the braces came off, we offer all patients who have successfully completed their initial plan of correction, a Structural Protection Plan. For some, the Complimentary Recommendations are not enough to keep their correction on their own. There are a number of Protection Plans which consist of periodic visits designed to protect your investment and make sure what we corrected stays corrected.