No matter what type of doctor you choose to manage your pain, most all of them have the similar goal to get you out of pain, and feeling better as quickly as possible. There is a certain protocol of care that all of these doctors take, but do have some differences. The more you can understand this, you will be able to make better decisions on where exactly to go to get treatment. We understand that it can be quite frustrating when you are not responding to a treatment as well as you thought you would.
The first thing that any doctor will do is an exam to figure out why you are having pain. All doctors will prescribe therapy for a month, along with some sort of anti inflammatory treatment.
A chiropractor may suggest adjustments for a month to decompress the joints, and ice.
A physical therapist will most likely put you on a similar treatment plan. It will be more exercise and stretching based, modality based (ultrasound, laser, electric stim), ice, and over the counter anti inflammatories.
A medical doctor will do the same thing! They will give you some type of medicine to take inflammation down, and will recommend therapy such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, home exercises, or stretches.
At the end of a month, your care provider will ask you if you feel better. If the answer is no, the next step is imaging. MRI’s or CT scans will can get a more clear picture of what the issue is.
Injections could also be brought to your attention. Injections put medicine on wherever your problem areas are. These areas are determined by looking at the imaging. They will do one to three of those, as well as more therapy.
If you are still experiencing pain after injections and therapy, they could begin to discuss the option of surgery.
So clearly, different people will respond better or worse to different treatments, depending on DNA or genetics. Finding what works for you is the key to eliminating pain for good!