I have to see my chiropractor how often?

How often do I need to see a chiropractor? The problem with going to a chiropractor is once you start going, you will need to go forever.

Many people discuss chiropractic care with this attitude. Chiropractic care, much like modern dentistry is a profession geared towards treatment by prevention. Imagine the following statement, “the problem with getting your teeth cleaned, is that the dentist wants you to have them cleaned again in another six months. And if that were not enough, my dentist told me to brush and at least twice a day! On top of that they want me to floss my teeth can you believe it!” Should I go on and tell you what the dentist has to say about sugary snacks and soda?

Chiropractors view health with a preventative model in much the same way as dentists. Ideally, individuals would eat nutritious, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and see our chiropractor for wellness visits every 1-2 months. Chiropractic physicians view health not just as the absence of disease or injury, but living in a state of optimal wellness.

In my practice patients can be divided into two types, the acute care patients and wellness patients. Acute care patients are those who come in with a specific injury or complaint often related to pain or disability. In these cases, I will give a patient a treatment plan of therapy designed to address that specific issue. As the patient progresses through the plan, the patient and I will regularly discuss what is working, what is not and make adjustments to the therapy as necessary. At the beginning of a plan, therapy will occur regularly with a set plan to reduce in frequency or duration over time. After a patient is dismissed from acute care many stay in care for wellness care.

A wellness patient may come to my office every 1 to 2 months for a wellness visit. They often tell me that they look forward to their wellness visits as an opportunity to discuss health care issues.  At this time we will also discuss lifestyle issues and how these contribute to or detract from an individuals overall wellness.   Some wellness patients schedule their appointments well in advance and some wake up one morning and decide that they really need to see me that day. As a chiropractor, I see this as a sign that a patient is in tune with their bodies and can sense an issue before it becomes a problem.

Will I expect you to do things outside the office? Of course. Chiropractic care is not a “lets see what the doctor says” kind of relationship. It is your body and your health. You are in charge of your health care. I like to support my patients by prescribing appropriate therapies for their health issue.  Therapies may consist of adjustment, patient specific exercises, ergonomics, food, supplements, or homeopathic medications.

You know the difference between your body feeling just okay and the feeling of wellness accompanied by good health and energy. Often people look at kids and say if only I had that energy. You can, maybe not as much as a child but much more than that tired, I just want to get through the day feeling you may have now.  It begins with the first step of being proactive and deciding to improve your current health to achieve optimal wellness!

 

Vijay Patel (77 Posts)

Dr. Vijay Patel earned his doctoral degree in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Patel is board certified in electrodiagnostics by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Patel has recently received training in Manipulation under Anesthsia (MUA). Constantly striving to give his patients the most up-to-date care possible, Dr. Patel attends many post-graduate seminars including such topics as neurology, research review, and sports performance enhancement. Dr. Patel has practiced medicine at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy in Mt. Prospect, Illinois since 1999. Dr. Patel currently serves as president of the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He is also a member of both the National College of Chiropractic Alumni Association and the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Patel is fluent in Gujarati. A lifelong runner, he has completed marathons and still competes in triathlons with his college mates.


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Spring has sprung and so have your allergies!

Allergy Symptoms

The onset of spring, brings warmer days and for those with allergies, stuffy noses and burning eyes. There is much we don’t know about the why certain individuals are hit so hard by allergies but those who endure seasonal allergies can tell you it makes their days less than pleasant.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, you may want to consider some of the following suggestions.

When you find yourself suffering with allergies, there are some steps you can take to reduce your suffering.

Drug Free Allergy Relief

The first thing to look at is your actual living or work spaces. Many individuals regularly place themselves in home or work environments that exacerbate allergy symptoms. Pay attention to the rooms you spend time in. Is your office in the basement where the mold and mildew count may be higher than the rest of the house? Is there some landscaping planted right outside a window that is open all summer?

One of the most common household allergens is pets. I see many allergic individuals who live in a house with dogs or cats. While I can appreciate the love and companionship that animals bring us, they can bring misery to those who are allergic. If someone in the family has allergies please try the following suggestions to reduce severity of allergens in the house. Consider eliminating all carpeting in the house, or have your carpets professionally cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. Also upgrade your air filter if you have forced air heating/AC to one that is electric or HEPA grade and clean or replace them every season. Have all duct work cleaned and disinfected at least annually. Finally, have pets trained not to climb onto specific furniture (beds, non-leather couches).

Dust and dust mites are common allergens. Even for individuals not allergic to these items, dust can exacerbate an ongoing allergy. Dust mites are little bugs that eat dead skin flakes, and can be found in bedding. Pleasant thought isn’t it? You can find both mattress and pillow covers that protect your bedding from dust mites at most stores that sell bedding. In addition, washing of sheets on a weekly basis will help eliminate dust mites. When projects require you to be in dusty areas, consider wearing a mask to protect you.

Nasal irrigation can also help reduce allergy symptoms. It can also help reduce suffering from the increased colds and sinus infection allergy sufferers have to endure. Initially practiced in Indian medicine with a neti pot, nasal irrigation cleans the nose and sinus of allergens and excess mucus with a gentle saline solution. Nasal irrigation systems can be found now at most drug stores.

Herbal remedies can also provide allergy relief, reducing or eliminating the need for over the counter or prescription allergy medication. A combination of quercetin and bromelain can inhibit mast cells, the first cells effected in an allergic process. Many patients find relief from this combination with none of the side effects of traditional antihistamines.

 

References

Chirumbolo, S, (2010). The role of querctin, flavonols and flavones in modulating inflammatory cell function. Inflammation and Allergy Drug Targets. 9(4) 263-285.

Helms, S & Miller, A (2006). Natural Treatment of Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Alternative Medicine Review: A Journal of Clinical Therapies. 11(3) 196-207.

Shaik, Y.B., Castellani, M.L, Perrella, A, Conti, F., Salini, V., Tete, S., Madhappan, B., Vecchiet, J., De Lutiis, M.A., Caraffa, A., Cerulli, G, (2006). Role of quercetin (a natural herbal compound) in allergy and inflammation. Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents. 20 (3-4) 47-52.

Vijay Patel (77 Posts)

Dr. Vijay Patel earned his doctoral degree in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Patel is board certified in electrodiagnostics by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Patel has recently received training in Manipulation under Anesthsia (MUA). Constantly striving to give his patients the most up-to-date care possible, Dr. Patel attends many post-graduate seminars including such topics as neurology, research review, and sports performance enhancement. Dr. Patel has practiced medicine at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy in Mt. Prospect, Illinois since 1999. Dr. Patel currently serves as president of the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He is also a member of both the National College of Chiropractic Alumni Association and the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Patel is fluent in Gujarati. A lifelong runner, he has completed marathons and still competes in triathlons with his college mates.


 

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Ouch, That Hurts – A Guide to Pain!

How much pain is too much?

A precipitating factor for a visit to my office is pain. Some pain is so uncomfortable, that you know it is time to see a doctor. Other times it is not so clear….there are instances of “normal” pain: the soreness after a minor injury, the “good pain” felt the day after a workout. So how much is too much and when do you know it is time to see the doctor? Does your pain:

  • interfere with daily activities?
  • not resolve within 48 hours?
  • not respond to the usual treatments of rest, ice and over the counter pain relievers?
  • get worse over time?
  • increase at night or awaken you from sleep? (Normally pain decreases with rest.)
  • have associated numbness?
  • have associated  fever?
  • have associated sudden weight loss?

If any of the above apply to you, it may be time to make a visit to my office.

If the pain is severe enough to interfere with daily activities, or has occurred for a period of time longer than you would expect for the injury, it may be time to visit my office. Also of concern that pain that gets worse over time, instead of getting better.

Some pain, no matter how mild or short in duration should warrant immediate attention by a health care professional. Pain that is associated with numbness; fever, sudden weight loss, inability to control bladder, accompanied by falling; or the loss of function and or sensation is not normal and needs immediate attention.

Vijay Patel (77 Posts)

Dr. Vijay Patel earned his doctoral degree in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Patel is board certified in electrodiagnostics by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Patel has recently received training in Manipulation under Anesthsia (MUA). Constantly striving to give his patients the most up-to-date care possible, Dr. Patel attends many post-graduate seminars including such topics as neurology, research review, and sports performance enhancement. Dr. Patel has practiced medicine at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy in Mt. Prospect, Illinois since 1999. Dr. Patel currently serves as president of the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He is also a member of both the National College of Chiropractic Alumni Association and the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Patel is fluent in Gujarati. A lifelong runner, he has completed marathons and still competes in triathlons with his college mates.


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Spring gardening: avoid injury!

Spring Gardening

Photo by India Patel

It’s that time of year when the warmer temperatures of spring beckon people outdoors.  Whether it be yard work or the start of a new running season, spring can find us with sore muscles and an injury caused in part by the inactivity of winter.  The following suggestions can help minimize damage:

  1. Make sure you stretch both before and after physical activity.  Some suggestions include the Gastrocnemius-Soleus StretchHip flexor stretch, and active trunk rotation. Correct form for the above exercises can be found by viewing the videos at the end of this post.
  2. When completing yard work, make sure you lift with your legs and not your back.  When weeding or planting make sure that you work from a kneeling position rather than bending from your waist.
  3. Timing is everything.  A little bit every day is better than one long marathon session.  If you are going to be working for a long time, switch tasks frequently to prevent injuries caused by repetative motion.
  4. Remember less is more, use a smaller shovel and avoid lifting too much.  For big projects such as transplanting shrubs ask for help from a friend or neighbor.

 

If you find yourself sore and uncomfortable (even a day or two) following increased activity remember to:

  1. Ice the area that is uncomfortable.
  2. While NSAIDs (Ibuprofen/ naproxen) can reduce swelling, many herbal and homeopathic preparations can do a much more effective job and are gentler on your stomach, liver, and kidneys.  Please contact your health care provider for details.
  3. Apply Traumeel® or Arnica gel over the affected area two to three times a day.
  4. See your favorite chiropractor for an adjustment and other therapy suggestions to relieve your pain.
  5. Heat should not typically be used for over exertion type injuries, but instead for osteo arthritic conditions.

With a little preparation and care, you can enjoy the opportunities warmer weather brings.

 

Vijay Patel (77 Posts)

Dr. Vijay Patel earned his doctoral degree in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Patel is board certified in electrodiagnostics by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Patel has recently received training in Manipulation under Anesthsia (MUA). Constantly striving to give his patients the most up-to-date care possible, Dr. Patel attends many post-graduate seminars including such topics as neurology, research review, and sports performance enhancement. Dr. Patel has practiced medicine at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy in Mt. Prospect, Illinois since 1999. Dr. Patel currently serves as president of the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He is also a member of both the National College of Chiropractic Alumni Association and the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Patel is fluent in Gujarati. A lifelong runner, he has completed marathons and still competes in triathlons with his college mates.


 

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Introduction, welcome to my new blog

I wanted to start by introducing myself and telling you why I decided to blog. I do not consider myself a blogging type. However as I talk to the patients that come to see me, I am aware how much we rely on the internet for information. I envision this as  forum for both current and potential patients to find out about what I believe about healthcare, not from a policy perspective, but what I believe my individual patients should be doing about their personal healthcare. I believe that every person has the ability to improve their current state of health, well being and as a result improve their quality of life.

I am a chiropractic physician who has been in practice since 1999. I practice at Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy in Mt. Prospect. The favorite part of my work is developing relationships not just with individuals, but with whole families and seeing the change and growth of these families over time. I am continually amazed and humbled by the dedication that many patients show to improving their health. I have seen adults, never physically active before, train and compete in their first race. I have seen patients dedicated to completing a physical therapy program to reduce chronic pain. The stamina and determination of these outstanding individuals bring such joy to my practice of chiropractic medicine.

Personally, I am a driven and dedicated person, you can call me a classic type A personality. I am married with three children—all of whom amaze me on a daily basis. I am a physically active person, one of my greatest stress relievers is running and resistance training. I have completed marathons and triathlons and am training for my first Olympic distance triathlon this summer.

I believe there are many changes we can all make to improve our health. Some of these changes are simple, some are difficult, but all will improve your life. I would never ask a patient to do something I would not be willing to do myself. Join me as we start or continue a journey to a healthy you.

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