Dr. David DeFries

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4 Questions every patient wants answered

What is wrong?

The first step in correcting a problem is to determine its cause.

This is done through discussing the history off the complaint and examining the past medical history and lifestyle of the patient.

While some cases have obvious external causes such as car accidents or falls, the majority of patients seeking care present with chronic conditions or complaints related to repetitive stresses or poor posture.

After the learning about the complaint and the individual history and daily routines, an examination is performed which focuses not only on the area of complaint, but on the body as a whole.

Chiropractic care targets the underlying cause of dysfunction with the goal being to allow for better health and movement which in turn reduces discomfort.


How do we fix it?

Once we have an idea of the what the problem is, we then discuss a plan to correct the dysfunction.

Treatment involves 3 primary goals:

  1. Control inflammation and pain
  2. Restore tissue mobility and function
  3. Maintain optimal mobility

To address these goals, treatment may include:

  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Soft tissue therapy ( myofascial release, muscle work ect )
  • Electrotherapy
  • Kinesio Taping 
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Posture correction
  • Stress management

Pain is the result of dysfunction and leads to additional dysfunction. Correcting the underlying issues reduces the discomfort while only addressing the discomfort doesn't always correct its cause. 
A treatment plan will target function primarily with the goal of reducing pain reducing as the patient progresses and function is restored.

Most conditions respond quickly to chiropractic manipulation ( if warranted ) and/or soft tissue therapy. Small changes in posture and movement patterns can be done through home exercises which speed the patients recovery and help to reduce future flare ups.


How long will it take?

 The length of the treatment plan varies according to the initial diagnosis and the agreed upon goals of treatment.

Some patients just want to be out of pain while others are interested in addressing the problem to reduce recoccurances and to promote a better state of health.

The length of time needed to achieve the desired goals depends greatly on the patients understanding of their condition and their involvement in areas such as:

  • Correcting bad posture and ergonomics 
  • Consuming/eliminating foods that affect the healing process
  • Reducing stress ( emotional and or physical ) as much as possible
  • Increasing physical activity ( exercise, yoga, stretching ) 
  • Adhering to treatment recommendations 

A general rule is that the longer a problem has been experienced, the longer it will take to make a correction.
This does not mean a person will need to be treated three times a week for three months but persons interested in physical medicine should understand that things take time to heal and healing isn't the absence of pain but rather the improvement of function.

As a provider, I focus on getting a person feeling and moving better as fast and as inexpensively as possible. 


How much will it cost?

Money isn't the only cost associated with health care and in fact the great cost involved in both suffering and receiving care is really lost time:

  • From work
  • From leisure 
  • From family
  • From altered sleeping routine
  • Waiting to make an appointment
  • Driving to the appointment
  • Waiting to check in
  • Waiting in a waiting room
  • Waiting on the doctor
  • Getting unnecessary tests and treatments

Traditional health care has no respect for patients time and time is something you can not recover.

The severity of a condition and the length time it has been experienced will factor in as to the duration of care and as such the cost.

In providing location based care, a flat rate is assigned per visit and any care is included.

For new patients, the first visit is $125 and includes:

  1. Review of intake forms completed online
  2. Discussing the current complaint as well as past complaints
  3. Exploring the health history
  4. Identifying activities of daily life that may be contributing or suffering from the problem
  5. A comprehensive exam of the musculoskeletal system 
  6. A discussion of the findings
  7. The ordering of any tests or referrals which may be needed
  8. Treatment, if warranted

Existing and returning patients typically pay between $50 and $80 depending on what services are needed.

Fees are subject to change 

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