Functional independence by the definition of health and welfare standards of insurance companies and hospital rehabilitation facilities is the assessment of the severity of patient’s disability. The assessment is used to track changes in functional ability of the patient during an episode of rehabilitation care.
The goal of therapy at our office is to for a patient to gain functional independence of his or her presenting complaint. Our practice has a focus on the conditions of migraine, vertigo, neurodegenerative, concussion, whiplash, soft-tissue and pain-related conditions. We use a variety of assessment tools that aim to evaluate the functional status of patients throughout the rehabilitation process.
Our therapies do not involve the use of prescription medications. Our therapies are combinations of physical modalities which may include chiropractic adjustments, low level laser therapy, vestibular and cerebellar rehabilitation exercises.
How long will this therapy take? To proceed and understand the goals of therapy at our office, it is important to understand something called the rule of 4’s. If you don’t have oxygen to your brain for 4 minutes, you likely are dead. If you don’t take in water or fluids for 4 days, you will likely die. If you do not have anything to eat for 40 days, you likely would be dead. Half-life means the time it takes to either increase or decrease activity at the cellular level. The half-life of all organ systems in your body are seconds, minutes, days, weeks and months. The half-life of brain is is minutes to days. The half-life of skeletal nerve and muscle is roughly 6 to 10 days.
Your treatment plan will be dependent on your presenting complaint. Continue reading to learn which treatment plan will be appropriate for you.
3 Types of Rehabilitation Treatment Plans
All new patients start as a consultation with Dr. Burdorf. It is your opportunity to meet with our office for 15 minutes to determine whether or not we are a good fit to work together. There is no charge for the initial consultation.
We offer 3 types of rehabilitation at our office. We have an “all or nothing” approach. If you won’t finish what Dr. Burdorf asks of you, then please don’t start. God provides miracles, but you have to do your part. For the record, you are welcome to believe in any higher power you choose.
#1 Our treatment program for most soft-tissue pain related conditions is six weeks. This typically involves treatments at our office twice a week and, when instructed, home care exercises that need to be performed daily. Dr. Burdorf needs you to be an active participant in your treatment plan. If you are not committed to following the treatment plan, then please do not start because you will be wasting your money and our time.
#2 We offer an Intensive Week of daily low-level laser packages for soft-tissue and pain related complaints. Our office has Thor, Apollo and Erchonia name brand lasers that are all cutting- edge in laser technology. Daily compliance for the week is required to have success of this therapy. Again, we only want to work with those who are committed to follow the plan. If you are not committed to following the treatment plan, do not start because you will be wasting your money and our time.
#3 Our last treatment program is a One Week Intensive Twice-a-Day Therapy sessions for migraine, vertigo, neurodegenerative, concussion, balance and movement disorders. Typical therapy sessions require you to be an active participant for 45 to 60 minutes at our office twice a day.
“Two a days” is a term used in sports, but it is also applicable to physical therapies that describe when an individual trains on two separate occasions during the same day. This will provide a greater chance of making a successful change in the sensory nervous system and brain motor rehabilitation. A treatment plan for two patients that appear to have a similar conditions may be uniquely different and, in Dr. Burdorf’s 31 years of clinical experience, he has found that what works for one patient may not work for the next.
The only way to find out the right therapies is through a five consecutive day intensive program. The goal is for the patient to achieve optimal functional independence as we spoke of at the start. Again, we only want to work with people who are committed to getting better and will follow the given treatment plan. If you are not committed to doing your part of the treatment plan, then please do not start because you would be wasting your money and our time.
Dr. Burdorf offers a unique approach for the treatment of balance and pain related conditions. Schedule your appointment here.Want Monthly Health Tips? CLICK HERE