Active Care is meant to treat current active problems complicated with poor movement, symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, lack of range of motion, or weakness. Active care consists of physical rehab, mechanical therapy, and chiropractic services. Active Care is the only type of care considered by the insurance industry to be medically necessary and is covered by insurance benefits.
What is Active Care?
Active Care includes 3 steps of a 4 step treatment plan.
- Reduce the Symptoms
- Maintain the Reduction of Symptoms
- Recovery of Function
The first step of reducing the symptoms requires identification of the pain mechanism which produces majority of the symptoms. For example, similar to fires, identification of the type of fire will dictate what is needed to put the fire out. Wood fires require water, but spraying water on a gasoline fire will only make it worse. The same applies to pain. The pain mechanism of your condition should be identified to understand whether or not you will need pain medication, rehab, or a combination of both.
Have you ever take ibuprofen or pain medication and it not help your pain? It is because the pain mechanism was not identified correctly. Inflammation, mechanical, or a combination of both properties needs to be identified in order to resolve the problem appropriately.
The second step of maintaining the reduction of symptoms requires education and a progression of the therapeutic exercises. You as the patient will need to understand your condition regarding movements, postures, and activities. Certain movements, postures, and activities make your symptoms worse and, others make your symptoms better. Understanding what movements and postures you temporarily have to avoid, and what movements and postures you temporarily have to perform more will successfully maintain the reduction of symptoms.
The third step is recovery of function and is the pivotal step in active care. Recovery of function means to re-introduce the movements and postures that were provoking. Correct application of this step is necessary to ultimately, once and for all, resolve your condition. In order to determine whether or not something is resolved is to test it. The best tests are the established baselines of symptoms, biomechanics, and functional activity. Successfully testing these three baselines will help the patient return to their pre-injury activities.