The Three Phases of a Recovery Care Plan
There are three primary phases that must occur in a particular order to achieve optimal results after your injuries. Think of it like building a house – you cannot put the shingles on the roof until the foundation is poured and the walls are built. By utilizing the three phases of recovery care, we can alleviate symptoms, facilitate healing, improve range of motion and re-strengthen your muscles, so you can go back performing your work and leisure duties without any pain or discomfort.
Phase I – Relief/ Acute Care
Relief Care is the first “foundational” phase of care. Following a car accident or sports-related injury, you can have acute pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. The primary focus is to get you out of pain, so you can start the next phase of your treatment plan. The goal of acute care is to halt the progression of your condition, reduce inflammation and pain relief. This phase of care tends to be more intensive than the others and may initially require more frequent treatments that gradually reduce over time.
Phase II- Repair and Remodeling
This is the ‘building’ phase of recovery care designed to begin addressing the underlying problem of your condition. It is focused on muscle and ligament repair, as well as rehabilitation. Once pain has subsided and mobility has returned, phase II care focuses repairing damage to the muscles and ligaments. This may include a combination of in-office chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue massage, muscle stretches, TheraBand and Cardio exercises. We will also give you in-home exercises.
Phase III – Re-strengthening
Once pain has subsided, it is important to resist the temptation to stop care after the first two phases, by doing so, this will increase the chances of relapse. Phase III care strengthens the muscles of the spine, increase muscle endurance. Our goal is to return you to be able to perform your normal work/leisure activities without having any relapse of symptoms.
For more information about the three phases of chiropractic care, please feel free to contact our office. Our helpful team is happy to answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation.