Usually, 3 visits are made per week until the patient experiences a decrease in pain and other symptoms. If ongoing chiropractic care seems unnecessary, consider the following: Does your primary care doctor only want to see you once and never again? No, of course not. Your primary care doctor will likely want to see you at least once a year and more often if you have certain conditions. They want to help you maintain your health throughout your life, and chiropractors have the same goal.
Similarly, chiropractors cannot treat joint or spinal pain that is caused by certain underlying conditions. Each of these factors will affect the frequency of chiropractic adjustments and the length of time you receive them. If you've been hesitant to start chiropractic treatment because you or someone you know complained that they had undergone a chiropractic adjustment, felt better, and then relapsed into pain, now is the time to try again and do it the right way. When pain symptoms appear, the spine or other joints are often significantly misaligned.
If your pain doesn't improve or worsens, your chiropractor may request x-rays to see if there are additional problems or change your treatments. Because manipulation relieves irritation and restores normal mobility, most types of arthritis are prevented (or at least relieved). Things will start to become more manageable and, even if you haven't returned to normal, you'll start to notice the light at the end of the tunnel. Your chiropractor may be able to offer advice on steps you can take at home to try to prevent aches and pains from returning.
You should know what your body and your health are, so the length of your consultation with a chiropractor is your choice. In other words, more adjustments are made and often exercises are done so that the person's pain doesn't return as soon as they stop seeing the chiropractor. The confusion of having to go forever occurs when the chiropractor doesn't explain these phases of patient care and simply moves them from one to the other without explaining why. However, if you feel pain before a visit, you should tell your chiropractor before the adjustment.