Most patients come into a doctor’s office with some sort of abnormal symptom that have been going on a long time. We all expect a state of dis-ease to heal itself and many times, over a period of days, you will start feeling better. The innate nature of the human body is to attain a state of homeostasis. A lot of patients are looking for a quick fix which is possible if the condition has been there for a short amount of time. But if you keep putting off taking care of that check engine light on your car, sometimes you end up with a bigger problem than it should have been. Of course, what keeps people from coming into see the doctor? Many times it is the fear of finding out its something bad, or fear of having to have to do something to help themselves like watching their diet or exercise. Its much easier to take a pill to get rid of the symptoms than to actually get to the root of the underlying condition. But covering up a symptom for example with non steroidal anti-inflammatories rarely get rid of a condition that has become chronic (more than one month) and may cause a whole other problem in the process. In fact it is like putting a piece of duct tape over the engine light.
Here at Frostwood Chiropractic our primary goal is to first get rid of your fear! We take a lot of time to find out what is causing your symptoms and give you a game plan. We take your body back to a state of at-ease and teach you how to stay healthy once we get you there. Fear and health are like oxymorons. They can’t occupy the same space within your body. We will do a diagnostic test to explain your condition. We send out for X-rays on almost every patient. MRIs are second level exams that may show injury to the disk, or damage to the rotator cuff, that can’t be visualized by the X-ray. The most important thing is we don’t guess at your health or condition and you and myself the doctor, knows exactly the nature of the problem. If you’ve had a condition for several weeks, months or even years there is likely something significant there to be addressed.
The next step is to develop an approach or game plan for correcting the problem. In the spine, the shoulder, and most joints, there is usually some dysfunction that is preventing motion. The joint is injured and the muscles around the joint, whether the spine or shoulder go into lock down mode to limit any damaging motions. The process of fixing the problem is always reducing the inflammation, restoring the joint and musculature to its normal range of motion, and allowing for some healing time. Next step is strengthening the area sufficiently to get a nice balance to the joint structure. When certain muscles compensate for weak muscles it makes them more prone to injury. Yes we will ask you to do some stretching and strengthening at home to encourage a speedier and more thorough condition but also to teach you how to take care of yourself for the long run. We can live 90-100+ years if you are so blessed but accruing health problems can make the golden years not so golden. We do run into conditions that have progressed beyond our ability to help you heal. In 26 years of practice I have met some of the best doctors in Houston. We will do our best to get you the appropriate care. When you look back on your worse fears, they are never as bad as you anticipated.
They were False Expectations Appearing Real!
May 9th, 2017 by Mark Hendry, D.C.
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