Steps to Recover from Spinal Injury
Spinal rehabilitation, or spinal correction, is an individualized protocol that is prescribed for a patient following diagnosis from the physician. The goal of spinal rehabilitation in our office is to help patients correct the source of their pain and physical stress, thus allowing their body to function at a higher, more optimal level.
The first step in the process is thoroughly examining each patient through postural assessments and x-rays, determining a precise course of action to target areas of concern.
The second step is to address and eliminate the patient’s immediate pain, making them more comfortable and therefore more capable of going through the spinal remodeling process. Managing pain involves one of our chiropractic physicians utilizing a variety of proven techniques such as adjustments, trigger point therapy, stretching, ice and nutritional recommendations. Once the patient’s pain and discomfort subsides, exercises are introduced to help strengthen the spine and create new muscle memory patterns to stabilize and correct the patient’s posture.
Next in the rehab process is spinal remodeling using traction equipment, which is sometimes employed at the same time as exercises or shortly thereafter. Traction is most effectively done in the office with our specialized equipment and while under the doctor’s direct supervision, but can also be prescribed to be performed at home with safe yet effective spinal traction orthotics.
Finally, as treatment nears completion, our team will perform additional x-rays and posture assessments for comparative reasons, ensuring the course of treatment has produced positive results.