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How Long Should I See a Chiropractor?

Written by: Lamark Media
November 23, 2016

If you’re considering going to see a chiropractor, especially after an accident, you probably have many questions about the process, including how long you should see a chiropractor.

There are many myths about chiropractic care, which is why it’s important to do research, get all the facts, and come to your own conclusion about seeing a chiropractic physician.

There are different stages of chiropractic care, urgent, rehabilitative and maintenance. During the urgent phase, you may need treatment several times during the first few weeks. This is common after an accident. Rehabilitative may mean you receive care at least once per week, or more if need be. In the maintenance stage, you will receive care much less often. At ChiroCare, our experienced doctors will work with you to assess how frequently you should see our chiropractors, especially after an accident, when care is most urgent.

Preventative Treatment

Some individuals prefer seeing a chiropractor to receive adjustments as a preventative measure. Some people simply feel better and healthier after getting an adjustment. How often and long you visit for preventative care will depend on your responsiveness to treatment, how well your body maintains the adjustments, and your overall health. Some patients may feel benefits from visiting every other week while others may require more frequent appointments.

Furthermore, if you’re very active or have a physically demanding job, you may need more frequent preventative care.

Minor Injuries

If you suffer from back pain on occasion or have suffered minor injuries, chiropractic treatment can help with minor aches and pains, and help you heal.

Adjustments can help realign your vertebra so your nervous system functions correctly. Your frequency of visits will vary, as will the length of treatment. As you progress, your chiropractor will be able to determine if, and how often, additional visits are needed.

Severe Injuries or Chronic Conditions

Severe injuries and chronic conditions can lead to prolonged, more frequent care. The adjustments can help stimulate the healing process after in injury, but your course of treatment will depend on your condition. Your chiropractor can help develop a treatment plan that is right for you, and monitor your progress.

How Long Should I See a Chiropractor for Whiplash?

Once your chiropractor has evaluated your symptoms and identified any areas of restricted joint motion, he or she will develop a treatment plan for you. Each case of whiplash is different, so each treatment plan will vary. Your treatment plan will depend on the severity of your injury.

The treatment plan may include a combination of modalities such as chiropractic manipulation, muscle relaxation/stimulation, McKenzie exercises, and ergonomic lifestyle changes. Recovery from a whiplash injury can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. You should continue to see your chiropractor until all your symptoms have resolved and you are pain-free.

Chiropractic care plays an important role throughout your life, which means you may need long-term care. Similar to seeing a doctor for routine checkups, you will want to see a chiropractor for routine care as well.

There is no set amount of time in which you will need to see a chiropractor as each individual, and their medical needs, are different.

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