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 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.
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 neurorehabilitation at our office. Neurorehabilitation is a complex medical process which aims to aid recovery from a nervous system injury, and to minimize and/or compensate for any functional alterations resulting from it. Treatment may consist of chiropractic applications, low level laser therapy and a variety of visual, vestibular and cerebellar rehabilitation.
Our treatment program for most of presenting 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 both of our time and your money.
Dr. Burdorf offers a unique approach for the treatment of balance and pain related conditions. Schedule your appointment here.