How do I know when I can safely return to my activities and my treatment is complete?
- The end of treatment is usually based on the achievement of mutual goals established by you and your doctor. In addition to achieving pain relief, patients are encouraged to focus on reaching activity and performance goals as a measurement of treatment completion. Why? Because the temporary relief of pain does not always lead to long-term success. While many patients experience immediate pain relief following a treatment, it may take one or several follow-up visits to completely address the dysfunction and prevent the problem from recurring. Clinical research proves that an active approach to health care will lead to lasting physical improvements if treatment and rehabilitation guidelines are followed to allow proper healing time. Thereby, complying with your doctor’s instructions can prevent future office visits, costs, and ultimately your discomfort.