Your Guided Treatment Plan
Chiropractic care is an effective way to maintain spinal health and prevent degenerative changes. However, getting started can be daunting, which is why having a guided plan can be helpful.
When you visit Dr. Hugh, he will discuss with you what kind of care you're looking for, what symptoms you're experiencing, how long you've had the problem, and any complicating factors that could make your case more complex. Based on this information, he will provide you with different options and guide you in the direction you want to move forward.
The corrective care plan is the most intensive plan and is designed to correct structural issues in your spine.
The retainer plan is the second phase, and it focuses on maintaining the corrections made during the initial phase.
The brushing your teeth plan is the third phase, which is designed to maintain the progress you've made. The maintenance care plan is periodic checkups that ensure your spine is in alignment.
If you're looking for pain relief, the relief care plan is the one for you. It is a shorter plan that focuses on your pain, and its duration varies depending on the person.
If you have insurance, it generally covers anywhere from four to 12 visits per year. However, most people have a high deductible plan, which means they have to pay out of pocket before their insurance covers anything. Therefore, 80% of Dr. Hugh's practice is on cash plans, which are more affordable because they don't have to bill insurance.
Here are the articles that support spinal misalignments can lead to degeneration:
"Abnormal Spinal Alignment as a Risk Factor for Disc Degeneration in Low Back Pain: A Cross-Sectional Clinical and Epidemiological Study of 1,131 Patients" published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (2004).
"The Effects of Chiropractic Treatment on the Cervical Spine and Cervical Curve: A Case Report" published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2005).
"Vertebral Subluxation and Degenerative Disc Disease: A Review" published in the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies (2011).
Dionne CE, Brouillette D, Bourassa-Moreau E, et al. Association between cervical spine alignment, cervical range of motion, and degenerative changes in the cervical spine: a cross-sectional study. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2018;62(3):167-175. doi:10.1016/j.jcca.2018.09.004
Moustafa IM, Diab AA, Hegazy FA, et al. Lumbar lordosis in prone position and the degree of anterior vertebral slippage in patients with and without lumbar disc herniation. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2012;35(4):303-309. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2012.04.007
Sweere JJ. Chiropractic family practice. J Chiropr Med. 2003;2(3):105-109. doi:10.1016/s0899-3467(03)00063-2
Takatalo J, Karppinen J, Taimela S, Niinimäki J, Laitinen J, Sequeiros RB. Association of lumbar spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis with progression of degenerative changes in adjacent levels in magnetic resonance imaging. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012;37(15):1238-1244. doi:10.1097/BRS.0b013e318240c3fb