Can CSSC help me with my injury?
The services provided at CSSC can help to successfully treat most musculoskeletal-based conditions. If during the course of our exam or treatment we determine that further imaging or co-management/referral is needed, then we will call on our group of skilled medical providers in the area.
How long is a typical visit?
The first visit takes about 45 minutes (depending on whether you fill out paperwork in office or choose to complete it online). All subsequent visits will last approximately 30 minutes depending on a patient’s presentation and treatment needs that day.
Will I receive x-rays during my first visit?
Only if clinically indicated after examination if we suspect any issues with the bone structure. We do not automatically order x-rays for every new patient in our office.
What is a "maintenance" patient?
In our office, a maintenance patient is one who comes in periodically for care to maintain a certain level of function/comfort during their activities of daily living. ie. a "weekend warrior" who sits at a desk all week but still likes to be active on the weekends/evenings or athletic invidual who performs their sport activity several days a week and deals with muscle tightness, joint aches and pains, injuries, general discomforts from time to time. Those are just a couple of examples.
How many treatments will I need?
In general, we advise patients that treatment with a combo of soft tissue therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and rehabilitation takes on average 4-6 office visits.
However, every treatment plan is different and designed to fit each patient's needs. Chronic problems may require longer treatment plans than acute problems. (Although trauma is acute, it may take more treatments depending on the nature of the injury.) Our combination of soft tissue therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and rehabilitation helps to get our patients better quicker so they can get back to doing what they love without wasting time.
It is our goal to have each patient achieve his/her maximum improvement potential as quickly as possible during treatment. If we estimate that it may take 4 treatments and it only takes 2 treatments, great! (We will discuss your progress with you at each visit.) At that point it will be each patient’s decision whether they would like to adopt a maintenance care schedule or return on an as needed basis in the future.
What can I expect during a visit?
The treatment portion of each visit will involve 1 on 1 time with the doctors during the entire visit. Treatment will include soft tissue treatments (Active Release Technique) and/or chiropractic adjustments depending on patients' needs. Starting with the patient's first visit, rehabilitative exercises will be prescribed and demonstrated by the doctor to aide in recovery and prevention of the condition which is being treated.
What if I feel better after a treatment or two?
Although we will recommend what is in our professional opinion the best course of care given your condition, the patient is in control of his/her treatment. During the course of treatment you will be provided with a rehab routine that will assist in treating current injuries and preventing future flare-ups. The more diligent your are with rehabilitation out of the office, the less care you will need.
We will never give you exercises that are a "waste of time", so we suggest using these in your regular routine to help prevent future injuries.
If you decide that you are happy with your improvement after just one or two visits, voice this with your doctor and you can either call as needed or schedule a maintenance visit. Although we may have recommended a more extensive treatment plan, we understand that treatment takes time and costs money. We will just emphasize that you keep up with your rehab and self-care in the meantime.
If the problem comes back or you experience a "flare-up" that is not resolved by your previously suggested rehab, we suggest calling sooner rather than later. In general, the quicker you seek treatment, the sooner the problem can be resolved.
Any other questions?
Feel free to call the office or shoot us an email with specific questions.