No Long Term Treatment Plans At Creek Stone
What is a long-term plan and why doesn't Creek Stone have them?
Let's talk about long-term treatment plans. What does that even mean?
Here at Creek Stone, we try to make sure we are different. We love our colleagues in the profession but to stand out, you need to be different and you need to be the better choice when patients are shopping for providers. We like to think we have been different in lots of ways for lots of years. This includes our provider having 1 Fellowship in Orthopedics and 1 Diplomate in Forensics. It includes writing a book on research projects relevant to our industry. It includes being in leadership statewide for our profession. It includes getting advanced, state-of-the-art equipment for balance and proprioception training. Equipment only a handful of providers in the entire state can offer. It includes several years voted as Best Of Amarillo's Best Chiropractor.
Another way we like to think we are different is that, while chiropractors have a generalized reputation as trying to see how many times they can get a patient through their doors, in contrast, we treat patients on a trial basis. Kind of like when someone is prescribed blood pressure medication. There are LOTS of blood pressure medications out there. They pick one and spend a few weeks seeing how the patient responds to the medication. If they do well, then that is the perfect medication for them. If they do not do well with it, they shift gears and switch medication and go through a trial period with that medication as well until they find the right one.
It's the same with our treatment except we are treating musculoskeletal issues. Every patient is different. Every patient heals at a different speed. Every injury is different as well. Because there are so many variables from one case to another, does it really make sense that ALL PATIENTS have the exact same recommendations for how often they should see the doctor? Of course not! The days of every patient getting the same recommendation of 3x/week for 4-6 weeks followed by 2x/week for 4-6 weeks, followed by 1x per week for 4-6 weeks, and so on and so on....those days are over thanks to research.
One of our national guidelines is called Clinical Compass. They have done the work for the profession and when boiled down have determined simply that acute cases (less than three months of pain) should be seen 3x/week for up to 4 weeks. Chronic cases (pain of more than 3 months) should be seen 2-3x/week for up to 4 weeks.
Going back to patients being different, that might mean 3 visits for one patient while the next one may take 20. The point is that there needs to be some consistency in visits and care in the first 2-4 weeks and if a patient is responding really well, we can spread those visits out further and further until the patient's pain is resolved.
It is our belief that every patient has a specific pain code that must be discovered through a trial of treatment. Some patients do better with McKenzie's physical therapy exercises while others do amazing with adjustments and massage. Sometimes it's trigger point injections, cold laser, and decompression. The thing is, we have to find the things that the patient responds to and do a lot of that. And we have to identify what either doesn't help or makes the pain worse, and then not do those things at all. Once we figure these things out through consistency and trial and error, then we can usually get the patient turned around and going in the right direction fairly quickly.
Then, when the patient is feeling great, we discharge them from that condition. Some choose to see us once every month or two to continue moving well and feeling good. Some we won't see again until they have another problem. Both of these patients are correct and we support both patients. At the end of the day, we tell patients that we will never see how many times we can drag them through our doors, we will never give them treatment plans longer than a month or two, and we are always here for them, however, they choose to use us and however often they want to use us.
I think that's just about as fair as we can be. If you agree and need treatment, call us at 806-355-3000, and let's get you on our schedule and get you to feeling better just as soon as possible.
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020 & 2021. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Medical at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.
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