Milwaukee Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist writed: Some day you may come to the office and say to me, "I'm hurting again, almost as bad as when I first came in here. What did you do to me, doc?" Don't be surprised if I smile.
If you say this to me, I know that:
1. What we are doing is working, otherwise you wouldn't have felt better in the first place. And
2. You were feeling enough better to try to do more of the things that you want to be doing, maybe not a lot, but just enough to overload the delicate healing tissues and cause pain to trigger off again. And
3. The underlying dysfunction that was aggravated by the activity is still not corrected even though the pain was letting up for a while. We still have some work to do.
The reason you are dangerous to yourself is not just because you may trigger off the pain again by seemingly even the simplest activity. Unless you suffered some significant new damage it is likely that you will respond rapidly to the same care that helped in the first place.
You are not dangerous just because it is sooooo easy to blame the treatment and say it is not working. Then you may consider giving up and you might get sucked into some treatment that will just cover up the problem without restoring it to normal function.
The most important reason you are dangerous is because of the tendency to believe the common idea that your body is defective and can't be helped. And then it is easy to just give up period and decide that nothing can help you.
Don't become careless simply because your pain level is lessening. Why? Because when you feel better you want to start doing more. More of the same activities that got you in trouble in the first place.
While pain may leave rapidly, the ligaments and discs take a minimum of six months of reduced abnormal force to heal and remodel to a near normal strength. Along with this the muscles have to change and new nerve habits have to be trained.
Be nice to yourself. Let the healing take place with as little interference as possible. And while a return to normal activity is the goal, don't be so anxious that you overload the delicate healing tissue and set yourself back into the pain mode.Google