We start all cases with a History and a Physical Examination. We patiently listen to the details of your history and don’t move into the physical exam until you feel like you’ve given us all the information that might have a bearing on your case. You won’t feel rushed because we know that details that might otherwise seem trivial, might very profoundly guide the treatment.
We conduct the physical exam in a way that respects the fact that you’re probably already in pain when you come to us, so the last thing either of us wants is for you to be in more pain when you leave. Our years of experience, and our staying current on the latest research helps us avoid performing unnecessary physical exam procedures.
Once we identify the cause of your problem, we put together a treatment plan that is customized to you. That means if you’re cautious by nature, we’ll start conservatively. If you like to push yourself, we’ll make sure to balance your drive with your body’s level of irritation. It means we won’t give you an hour of home exercise, if you only have time for 10 minutes (and we won’t make you feel guilty that you only have 10 minutes).
Virtually every treatment plan has the following 3 ingredients, in varying measures depending on what’s right for you and your situation:
- Exercise that is dosed based on your problem, your tolerance and your goals.
- Manual therapy is used to help relieve pain, improve alignment and/or to augment stretching exercises. Again, the intensity of the manual therapy techniques is chosen based on factors specific to you.
- Patient education is where we teach you what you need to know about the problem, again customized to you — to your learning style, your pace, and your desired depth. If you want to know every nook and cranny of your problem, we’ll teach you everything we know. Conversely, if you just want us to teach you what to do but don’t need to know all the details of “why,” that’s your choice. It’s not about us; it’s about you; and we’re OK with that.
We don’t believe that one size fits all, so the recipe will be different for every patient.