Is primary spine care ongoing?
The goal of Primary Spine Care is very similar to that of your general dentist (with some differences). In the case of the general dentist, you may schedule and be seen one to two times per year on a preventative basis (your typical cleanings, fluoride treatments, etc).
With Primary Spine Care, you will be evaluated at your initial visit, provided with a diagnosis (which is individual to you and your current bout of pain) and recommended a course of in-office and home therapies gauged to help you overcome your pain experience. Depending on the condition, the vast majority of cases resolve or regress quickly and the patient is able to return to their normal daily activities. The natural history of spine-related disorders is that they do tend to recur, we just do not know when or how often they will recur. Therefore, it is best to keep up an on-going relationship with your Primary Spine Practitioner to aid with diagnosing and aiding in the management of current bouts of spinal pain.
The hands-on nature of the Primary Spine Care and other manual therapies is essentially what requires patients to visit the Primary Spine Practitioner (PSP) a number of times. To be treated by a PSP, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from a medical doctor often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A PSP may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your PSP should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.
The plan behind every treatment at Bloomsburg Spine & Sport is to get every patient better in as few visits as possible. Dr. Bottesch will never string a patient along to get as many visits as possible out of them, his sole desire is to get patients better as quickly as possible or get them to the appropriate medical professional for the appropriate medical care.