It’s understandable that if you’re undergoing treatment for your accident injuries, you would want to have an idea of how long you’ll require treatment. This is especially true if you need chiropractic treatment. In fact, one of the first questions a lot of our clients ask is how long they will need to continue to come to our Atlanta injury treatment center. If you’ve never been injured in any sort of accident before, it can be scary to face the unknown. It’s bad enough that you had to deal with the trauma from your motor vehicle accident. Now you’re being told that you may need surgery or some other type of treatment and nobody can give you any concrete answers.
One of the reasons that your practitioner is reluctant to give you any firm timeline is because everybody’s different. The type of accident injuries that you’ve suffered are probably different from most of our other patients. The way your body responds to treatment is going to be different from other people. It would be unfair for anybody to guarantee you a timetable for when your treatment will be over. What we do know is that our primary concern is that you’re given the proper treatment and that our practitioners help relieve your pain and discomfort. Typically, what happens is that our practitioners give our clients periodic updates every week or so to get an idea of how they’re progressing.
Here, we’ll explain why it can be difficult to provide our clients with an exact deadline as to when their treatment will be complete. In the meantime, if you’re still suffering from your accident injuries, you should visit our Atlanta injury treatment center as soon as possible.
Every Injury is Unique
One thing that our clients understand is that every injury is unique. No two accident injuries are ever exactly the same. Of course, our practitioners will first run the necessary diagnostic tests to determine what the nature and extent of your injuries are. For example, you may have herniated a disc. Or perhaps you suffered an injury to your knee, and you need to get surgery followed up by physical therapy. These two injuries have absolutely nothing to do with each other. While you may have sustained them in the same accident, that doesn’t change the fact that the treatment for your accident injuries will be different for each one.
The Patients at Our Atlanta Injury Treatment Center React to Treatment Differently
The other important thing to remember is that you are going to respond differently to treatment than somebody else will. This is due to a lot of factors. For example, you may be in your early 30s and recover rather quickly from your accident injuries. Another patient who’s in their 60s or 70s may take a little bit longer. In addition, an older person may not reach a full recovery like you would. One thing our practitioners are really careful about is diagnosing your injuries properly and drafting a treatment plan that caters to your body, your injury, and your response to treatment.
Another thing that can impact the way you recover from your accident injuries is your fitness prior to the accident. For example, if you had a bad back prior to the accident, it may take a lot longer for you to heal this time around. Whereas somebody who had no back issues may be back on their feet within a few weeks. The important thing to know is that our practitioners treat each case individually. We don’t lump all our knee injury patients together and give them the same care plan. We cater your treatment plan to your body, your pain levels, and your prior medical conditions.
The More Serious Your Accident Injuries, the Longer You May Need Treatment
This may sound obvious, but the more serious your accident injuries, the longer you’re going to need treatment. When our practitioners first plan treatment for your accident injuries they will typically spread it out longer than necessary to start. They don’t want to proceed too aggressively and cause further damage to your body. They are also going to be very careful about the way you respond to their questions about your pain and comfort levels. We have had clients in the past who were eager to get back to work or get back to their normal life. What they tend to do is tell their doctor or practitioner that they feel great when they really are not 100%.
This is why it’s really important that you’re honest and upfront about your pain levels and the way you’re responding to treatment. For example, you may have undergone chiropractic treatment for one or two weeks at our Atlanta injury treatment center. However, you tell your therapist that you think you’re fully healed from your accident injuries and you’re ready to go back to work. In almost every case we treat, it takes much longer than a week or two for our clients to fully recover. You must put your health first. You’ll be no good to anybody, including yourself, if you try to rush your recovery and end up in worse shape than you started.
Nobody Would Ever Force You to Continue Treatment
We want to be very clear when we say that we would never force a patient to continue treatment if they didn’t want to. You must provide your consent for any treatment that we intend to provide. Our Atlanta injury treatment centers are respectful of your privacy and your opinions when it comes to your body. For example, if you tell our intake team that you refuse chiropractic treatment at any cost, nobody is going to force you to see our chiropractor. Or you may refuse to get surgery for accident injuries. As much as we tell you that you need the surgery, we legally cannot force you to get that procedure. Now this doesn’t mean that you can call the shots completely. If you refuse to comply with recommended treatment, there is always the chance that the insurance company will refuse further coverage. Make sure that you take the time to speak with one of our practitioners at our Atlanta injury treatment center before you make any final decisions. We do have your best interests at heart and want to do whatever we can to help you reach a full recovery.