Suffering from back pain and discomfort can have a significant impact on the rest of your body and your mood. The spine is the core of the nervous system and to suffer from misalignment, an out of place disk, or a torn ligament can have adverse effects on how your body moves and operates. If you are suffering from a back-related injury, it might be best to get treatment as soon as possible so that you can return to a normal life.
You might be wondering what the recovery time is after receiving a chiropractic treatment, how fast you will be able to return to normal function, and if you need to use extra caution when performing everyday tasks.
The answer to the question is not written in stone. There are some general recovery times that can be estimated based on the average time it has taken for similar treatments to work, however, times can vary. The amount of time it takes for the effects of chiropractic therapy to work will depend on the original injury, the treatment plan, and the patient.
According to some that get spinal adjustments, the effects can be felt immediately, and the patient will feel reenergized. Most of the time those that see these results didn’t have a significant issue with their spinal alignment, and simply needed a reset to release the tension that they were feeling. This type of recovery is fairly similar to the effects that a massage has on a body after treatment.
Those with more serious injuries can expect longer recovery times. Typically, those with broken bones or fractures will see a healing time that ranges from 5 to 6 weeks. If the result of your injury was a torn ligament or tendon in the spine, it can take from 6 to 8 weeks to improve. The longest recovery time will belong to an injury related to the discs and cartilage in the spine, which could take 3 months or longer.
When receiving chiropractic treatment and therapy for an injury, it is best to create a plan with your chiropractor to see how often you should receive a treatment. Once a schedule is established, keep checking in to see if your pain has subsided. Once it has been cut down to 50% of the original pain felt, treatments may be cut down as well. For instance, if you are receiving treatment for spinal related injury every two days and finally begin to see improvements, reduce the treatments down to once every four days. Then eventually once a week until the pain diminishes, and treatments are no longer required. If for any reason it seems that the pain is getting worse, talk with your doctor and see if increasing the number of treatments is appropriate.
It is also important to keep in mind that though the pain might disappear, the injury can still require time to heal. The mind can adjust and normalize the pain that is felt, while the body might still need more time to ensure a full recovery. Disk injuries are a perfect example of this: while a patient might start to feel better after a couple of treatment plans, there is still more that is required before the spine is fully healed. During this time, the patient must be cautious to not overexert the body and cause more damage.
Overall, it always best to consult your doctor or chiropractor before and after treatments. They can assess the body and the injury to see if it is fully healed, or if treatments are still needed. At Gonzaba, we have a staff of excellent chiropractors and medical professionals that can help those suffering from back pain in the San Antonio area. Our specialists have provided chiropractic care to all types of individuals, from those suffering from a work-related injury or auto accident to those that are having joint issues. We have a wide variety of services our patients including electrotherapy, massage therapy, physical rehabilitation, and therapeutic exercises. Give us a call today, our trained staff is ready to meet and assist you with any chiropractic questions you may have.