Best to See Your Georgetown Chiropractor As Long As You Need

December 26, 2017

“Do I have to see my chiropractor forever?” is a normal question Dr. Butwell responds to when Georgetown folks talk about chiropractic. Georgetown chiropractic patients are a assorted lot. Some Georgetown chiropractic patients come for a specific spinal pain relief issue and stop coming. Some Georgetown chiropractic patients come and go as their back pain or neck pain issue dictates (though following closely the at-home care program that includes lifestyle issues, diet, nutrition, and exercise helps keep these issues at bay for many!). Some Georgetown chiropractic patients discover that making a Georgetown chiropractic spinal manipulation visit on a regular schedule after pain relief is achieved benefits them: feeling better and keeping that better feeling when prodded to keep doing healthy things like exercising, eating right and being adjusted. Dr. Butwell appreciates every Georgetown chiropractic patient who trusts their spine’s healing and on-going health to this Georgetown chiropractic practice.


Now, just how frequently a Georgetown chiropractic patient can benefit from Georgetown chiropractic care visits is a research-documented answer for chronic low back pain patients. Dr. Butwell shares a recent project in which chronic low back pain patients received treatment three times a week for 6 weeks. During each visit the patient would receive spinal manipulation or light massage or no treatment. In the end, 12 chiropractic spinal manipulation treatments produced the most positive results for chronic low back pain patients. At one year follow up, the 18 visits patients showed greatest outcomes for disability and pain relief. (1) Dr. Butwell uses the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management which has researched and documented for other specific spinal conditions the number of visits and days to maximum improvement. Such evidence allows Dr. Butwell to really help our Georgetown back pain patients’ knowledge of what to expect with Georgetown chiropractic care.


The number of visits for low back pain episodes changes often with the underlying cause of the back pain episode. A study from 30 chiropractic clinics’ chiropractic care with flexion distraction (aka Cox Technic) resulted in data on 1000 back pain patients. It recorded the types of conditions treated, the days, visits and patient outcomes. Globally35, 12 visits in 29 days were the mean results for maximum improvement. For specific conditions like spondylolisthesis, disc herniation (even L4 vs L5 disc herniation), sprain/strain, etc., the days and visits varied. Treating a disc herniation is quite different from treating a sprain. One presents a greater challenge to treat  than the other. 91% of patients discovered low back and leg pain relief on average in fewer than 90 days (when the condition turns "chronic") and 12 visits. (2)

Whatever your underlying condition of spinal pain, a Georgetown chiropractic treatment plan can be coordinated for its relief with a recommendation for on-going chiropractic care if that is wanted. Dr. Butwell is always ready to help!

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Listen in to this PODCAST about chiropractic care relief of a chronic pain condition with a patient who finds visits to the chiropractor help keep her going.

Schedule a Georgetown chiropractic appointment with Dr. Butwell to figure out just how many visits it may take to help you get relief and to consider if you would want to see your chiropractor forever on an occasional follow-up schedule!

It’s up to you and your pain as to how often you see the Georgetown chiropractor.