Your Report of Findings

Following your initial examination, the Doctor will discuss your individualized treatment plan with you. This explanation will serve as your "map" along your road to recovery. The discussion will include short- and long-term goal planning, and answers to the following questions:
What's wrong?
How can we treat it?
How long will it take?
How much will it cost?

Various treatment options will be explained, as well as a recommended course of care. As with any type of Medicine, there is a method and frequency for optimizing recovery. Below you will find a basic outline of care for Physical Medicine. Your Doctor will discuss how you and your condition fit into these Phases of Care.

  1. Initial Palliative (Symptom Reducing) Phase of Care. Most patients begin with Initial Palliative Care. This is the Phase of Care that is focused on getting you out of pain, free from inflammation and moving your joints in their full ranges of motion. Visits tend to be frequent (usually 2 - 4 times per week), so that you feel better as quickly as possible. Typically, the recommended therapies include physiotherapy techniques (electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and laser therapy), myofascial release, gentle stretches, joint mobilization and Game Ready Ice Therapy. All therapies will help speed recovery and relieve your pain. Depending upon the severity of your condition, generalized health status and lifestyle, repeated visits over several weeks may be needed to reduce your symptoms.
  2. Rehabilitative (Restoration) Phase of Care. With most of your obvious symptoms gone, the goal of Rehabilitative Care is long-term correction of your condition. There will a customized exercise plan that will begin that will be tailored to your condition, overall health status and age and a greater emphasis will be put self-care. Even after you're feeling better, joints, muscles, and other soft tissues can take weeks, or even months, to heal and become stronger. Continued treatment during this phase will be necessary to ensure proper healing & recovery and help to prevent a relapse. During this phase of care, job- and sport-specific conditioning can be addressed.
  3. Wellness Phase of Care. After you've recovered, it may be recommended that you schedule a periodic "checkup" to verify that the improvement you've made is lasting. Like periodic visits to the dentist or optometrist, this type of care can help catch the little problems before they become major concerns. It is in this type of care that many of our patients begin to feel better with the cumulative stress that life brings about, improves upon their athletic performance, prevents injury, and saves time and money in the long run. Recommended visit frequency is usually every 3 - 6 weeks, but it can vary depending upon your individual needs and lifestyle.

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