What is it?
Supportive care, otherwise known as corrective care, is the phase of care in which conditions are supported to prevent any additional degeneration. As regression and exacerbation are common results with unsupported conditions, this phase of care is characterized by strengthening and conditioning specific areas of the body. In this phase of care, your physician is likely to prescribe stretches and exercises to support your specific condition.
What is the frequency of care?
Typically, the frequency of care is moderate for individuals in supportive care. Generally, the frequency of visits is one office visit per week until the condition is properly managed. As the condition is supported, the frequency of care is diminished and treatment goals are modified to address the patient's specific needs to promote overall wellness.
What therapeutic modalities will be used?
In addition to chiropractic manipulative therapy, many modalities are employed during supportive care. As the condition improves, in-clinic exercising along with an at-home exercise program are implemented into the treatment plan to support the surrounding tissues and to address proper biomechanics.
What are the treatment goals?
Common treatment goals for patients in supportive care include increasing range of motion, along with stretching tight muscles in addition to strengthening weak muscle groups. The initial concern is to properly support the condition to prevent any potential regression in care. As these treatment goals improve, long-term goals are assessed to address wellness issues.
What is the cost of care?
Because of the frequency of care and the types of therapies employed, the cost of supportive care is moderately priced. As the condition improves, less physical therapy modalities are required which drastically affects the cost of care.
Will insurance cover it?
As the patient progresses in care, the insurance provider is less likely to cover these services. As many insurance providers deem supportive and preventive care as "medically unnecessary," the financial responsibility of preventive care is unfortunately passed on to the patient. If you feel these services should be covered by your insurance, contact your insurance provider and express your concerns with their policies on prevention and maintenance.