Treatment doesn’t work unless it’s 1) Safe 2) Effective and 3) Durable. It’s that simple. There are several different treatments that can temporarily change pain, but that doesn’t mean they work. Let’s dive into the details…
All treatments have different risks. Some have more risks than others. Typically, the more risks there are, the more invasive or aggressive the treatment. (Think taking a pill compared to surgery). What are the risks associated? Do the risks outweigh the reward? What you should be looking for is treatment that is safe with little to no risks, as long as it can help with your diagnosis.
Does the treatment actually fix what it claims to fix? This is where it gets tricky. Most treatments for muscle, nerve, and joint pain are geared toward fixing pain without identifying the cause of pain. No diagnosis means your doctor is guessing. Having a correct diagnosis, no matter what the problem is, is paramount for choosing what treatment you need. Most of the time, when you visit a chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, or medical doctor for pain, they establish ABSOLUTELY NO DIAGNOSIS. Typically they’re ready to do treatment before nailing down the actual problem. This is very bad! Trying to treat areas of pain without a diagnosis is similar to throwing darts at a dartboard while blindfolded, and expecting a bullseye. When it comes to your health, relying on luck doesn’t cut it. Do you have a clear and accurate diagnosis? If not, you shouldn’t be getting treatment yet.
The treatment you receive for your problem should provide sustainable, lasting results. If treatment provides temporary results, and your pain constantly comes back or you continue to have re-injury, then it isn’t working. These types of treatment (needling, adjustments, injections, massage, cupping, taping etc.) get expensive, and often leave you frustrated. Treatment durability is the main reason why chiros, physical therapists, and other therapists can get a bad rap.
So what treatment works? A treatment that works is one that is safe, effective, and lasting for your specific diagnosis. It’s that simple.
At Apollo, we specialize in fixing difficult problems other providers have missed or can’t resolve. We do this by taking the time to diagnose, and then providing the best treatment methods to resolve the cause of your pain and injuries.
To live pain free, give us a call. We would be happy to help.