How Long Will It Take?

How Long Will It Take Me to Get Over This?

The answer to the question, “How long will it take?” is an answer that is unique to each individual.

Since your body is the one doing the healing, only it truly knows how long it is going to take.  This may not be an answer some expect to hear, but most people recognize, value and appreciate it as the only one true answer.

At ChiroCenter, we rely on our vast experience of 30 years and over 20,000 cases (many most likely just like yours) to base our recommendation for your care.  We will provide you with recommendations which we feel will (1) best help you now, and (2) best protect you in your future.

Once we know your goals, we can then tell you approximately how long it will take and what percentage of recovery you can expect.

General Factors Which Determine Optimum Improvement

Your Challenge

It takes longer to resolve long-standing problems that have had time to develop more seriously as a result of improper treatment, or non treatment in the past.  For example, recent injuries tend to heal faster than perhaps someone who has had a spine condition for years.

The depth of your problem and how long it has been going on are two of the greatest determining factors of how fast, and how well you will heal.

Your Age

Healing potential diminishes with age.  There are exceptions, but younger people generally heal faster than those who have lived longer.  Pertaining to the spine, the older we become the more flexibility we lose in our ligaments which hold our postural integrity either in (or out) of position.

It takes longer to bring about positive changes in the dimensions of our spine the older we become.

Your Lifestyle

What you do at home or work has a great effect on your recovery.  If you are someone who is involved in a heavy occupation, or continues to do the same things which caused your challenges to begin with, results will most likely be slower.  On the other hand, if you are someone who is involved in very little physical activity, your results may also be slower.  The body was designed to move.  Move but move wisely.

What you do to yourself, or don’t do for yourself while under care, has a great deal to do with how well you will respond to treatment.

Your Discipline

It takes two.  Are you willing to become committed as part of the team approach (you and us) necessary for optimum results in your condition?  You must follow your appointment schedule.  If we see you too little, our ability to reduce negative patterns in your spine and nervous system will be significantly impaired.   If we see you too much, your spine doesn’t have time to make the needed internal changes.  Therefore, we take the middle road and our advice is always designed to help you produce the greatest results for the long-term in the shortest amount of time.  This doesn’t guarantee results, but it does place the odds in your favor.

If you are coachable and follow instructions well, you will likely see better results.  If you are not, we can usually tell this also.

Your Expectations

Healing is the regeneration of new cells to replace damaged ones.   Some tissues in the body regenerate faster than others.   Larger challenges tend to heal slower than smaller ones. Longer standing conditions usually take longer than recent injuries. Weight bearing challenges often heal slower than those that are not. Conditions that have been neglected, or received improper care in the past often take longer.

While the occasional miracle does happen, most people with a long-standing or in-depth condition are not going to defeat the challenge overnight.   Be realistic.  Healing takes time.

Your Goals

Your personal goals are important to us, and we do our best to support you in whatever they may be.  If you only want “patched up” in order to make it a while longer, it probably won’t take as long.  While this is usually not the best thinking, for some it is all they want.  On the other hand, if you are an individual who values your future body performance and wants the most optimum results possible for your condition, then most people realize this will take a while longer.  Corrections, when and if they can be obtained, are far more valuable than patch care.  Corrections have much less chance of making a “U-turn” and becoming an even bigger challenge on down the line.

For many conditions, there does come a time when it’s become too late.  All opportunities in life are temporary.  If time is still only our side, take advantage of it.

Your Attitude

What we think about and talk about, we bring about.  It’s been shown that those with a positive attitude and who have a personal intention of getting better stand a much better chance of doing so.  With spinal problems, it isn’t unusual to make great gains and then see a setback for a while as your body catches up with the healing.   This is to be expected.  Stay positive.  Be a ‘patient’ patient.  Give your body the fighting chance it deserves.  Chiropractic is not another pill that numbs your body into believing all is well when it isn’t.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be, but the road can be bumpy in the middle.  People who seem to do the best are those who look beyond the middle – and keep themselves focused on their desired end result.

Your Willingness To Maintain

Many people receive a full and complete correction of their condition and never need seen again.  For others, only a percentage of improvement can be obtained, while for others with in-depth and very serious conditions, treatment may be only able to prevent them from getting worse.  In each of these scenarios, chiropractic is a blessing.  It’s always easier to correct a small condition before it becomes a larger one, and always preferred to maintain results rather than lose and try to regain them again.

Your long-term percentage of success is most always enhanced if you are willing to follow minimal maintenance advice to give you the best chance of not slipping back into a crisis.

The time and percentage of recovery for any given health condition within any branch of the healing arts is always dependent upon the depth of the problem when proper treatment begins, and the body’s ability to accept positive change.

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About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

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