Health is not valued till sickness comes.
~Dr. Thomas Fuller
Each patient will receive an individualized assessment and diagnosis, an explanation of recommended care, and the treatment therapies most appropriate and advantageous to the patient’s current condition. The choice of therapy is determined by the patient’s immediate needs and his or her body’s capacity to accept the treatment. We strive to provide the fastest and most optimal relief.
The evaluative process begins with the patient’s explanation of his or her personal situation or condition, enabling the doctor to form an impression of what is going on.
The next step is a thorough examination by the doctor, confirming or rejecting the initial impression. Each examination is designed specifically to see if the patient’s general complaint can be re-created, in order to determine its source.
Once this is established, the doctor will investigate whether other areas of the body or body systems contribute either to prolonging or to exaggerating the symptom or pain. He takes into account any compensatory mechanisms involved in the pain or injury.
For example, the body does not just exhibit obvious clues like a tight muscle. More subtle indicators can be present, such as irregular patterns of movement, certain mannerisms, speech and breath abnormalities, eye and facial patterns, and holding or guarding. Often it takes keen observation and sometimes intuition to find the source of pain.
Once the doctor’s observations have been validated by further examination and touch, he will explore the possibility that related areas may be causing a symptom or a pain to persist. When he is satisfied with his findings, he will determine the type of treatment most beneficial for the patient. Any condition can have multiple solutions, but what works for one patient may not work for another.
A key to effective treatment is to look for indicators that show the therapies are working. Thus each visit includes a reassessment to determine what is currently happening and whether the latest course of treatment has produced the intended change. Since bodies don’t all respond the same way to any one treatment, we use a variety of methods and coordinate what works best for each individual. Reassessment continues in any follow-up visits.
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