How long does it take to get better?

The initial goal of chiro care is to provide relief of your pain!

The intensity  of pain or muscle tension experienced by individuals, is dependent on their threshold of pain. That simply means, each of us “feel” pain or tension differently and some people “feel” their pain or tension more than others. This is important and in your first assessment you will be asked to give a score or number on a numeric visual pain scale to determined the intensity of your pain or tension, which  will be helpful as progression of treatment is underway.

You will be asked to indicate what things you can and can’t do or have difficulty achieving. This will be recorded in a functional questionnaire. This helps the chiropractor  assess the results of care and how long it will take to get better.
Results can be immediate or slow, depending on the seriousness of the condition. Physical therapy takes time. Healing with time is required for the reduction of pain, muscle tension and inflammation. Once the alignment and tension is improved in the spine or joint structures using spinal manipulative therapy and or soft tissue treatment, results improve rapidly. That means feeling better sooner. The expected time frame of healing is within 4-6 weeks of regular treatment as advised by your chiro. Sometimes more time and treatment is required with the severity of symptoms. Rehabilitation is the next stage of care and involves a return to a graduation in exercise and treatment.

For how long will I need Chiropractic care?
Postural problems, neglected since early childhood, may require time for best results. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine
Most patients find that periodic Chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of “check-up” visits are helpful for good musculoskeletal health.
Some patients seek Chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. Chiropractors stand ready to help all patients achieve their health goals.

How long you decide to benefit from Chiropractic care is always up to you.

  1. A Comparison of Spinal Manipulation Methods and Usual Medical Care for Low Back Pain:    A Randomized Clinical Trial ;  SPINE Volume 40 , Number 4 , pp 209 – 217 

Michael J. Schneider, DC, PhD, Mitchell Haas, DC, Ronald M. Glick, MD,Joel M. Stevans, DC