Imagine you have the power to treat your own back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatia, arm or leg pain, radiculopathy, disc pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain and foot pain in Wichita Kansas

Imagine, You Have the Power to Self-Manage Your Back or Neck Pain

Empowered by Self Treatment of Pain at Wichita Pain Center

emPower Self-Treatment Program For Pain

Low Back Pain · Sciatica · Disc Pain · Headaches · Neck Pain · Shoulder Pain · Elbow Pain · Wrist Pain · Hip Pain · Knee Pain · Ankle & Foot Pain

Our overall objective is to emPower you to be able to self-manage your pain and minimize the number of visits to the doctor, saving you time and money. Using the information from the assessment, the clinician will prescribe specific repeated exercise movements and advice regarding postures to adopt and postures to temporarily avoid. If your problem has a more difficult mechanical presentation, our doctor may need to add hands-on techniques as needed until you can self-manage. The aim is to be as effective as possible in the least number of sessions. If your condition can be treated with self-treatment, treatment you can perform five or six times a day is more likely to be effective in a shorter period of time than treatment administered by the clinician once or twice per week. The emphasis is on you, the patient, being actively involved without the use of opioids, injections or surgery. Conditions that could possibly be self-treated are lower back pain, neck pain, arm or leg pain, headaches, radiculopathy, sciatica, disc pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain and foot pain. Not all painful conditions can be self-treated, you must be evaluated by a qualified professional.

Self-Treatment Is In The Best Interest Of The Patient
A doctor "needs to equip the sufferer with long-term self-management strategies as well as short-term measures of symptomatic improvement. It may be suggested that to do otherwise and treat patients with short-term passive modalities or manipulation, but not equip them with information and strategies for self-management, is ill-conceived and is not in the patients' best interests. If a condition is very common, persistent, often episodic and resistant to easy remedy, it is time patients were fully empowered to deal with these problems in an optimal and realistic fashion. As clinicians, we should be offering this empowerment to our patients."[2]
--Robin McKenzie CNZM, OBE, FCSP (Hon), FNZSP (Hon), Dip. MT & Dr. Stephen May PhD, MA, MCSP, Dip. MDT, MSC

 

Learning The emPower Self-Assessment, Self-Treatment and Prevention Concepts Is Simple...

  1. During the assessment and initial treatment, your Doctor will provide education and demonstrations that may show that moving in one direction may provoke and worsen the pain, and moving in the opposite direction may reduce or eliminate the pain and restore function. This is known as finding your "Directional Preference", the direction of movement that has a positive effect on your symptoms. You will perform very specific repeated movements and report how those motions affected your pain... whether they produced, worsened, improved, eliminated or had no effect on the symptoms.
  2. If a directional preference is found during your assessment, you will be actively involved by following the treatment recommendations of the doctor for your specific condition.  The doctor will prescribe very specific repetitive exercise movements in the direction that made your symptoms better during the assessment for you to perform up to every 1-2 hours until your re-assessment in the next 1-2 days. Patients are informed to stop the therapeutic exercise if pain lingers for more than 5 minutes after the exercise, otherwise continue the exercise at the prescribed dose or more often if pain returns quicker.  Of the conditions that respond favorably to treatment and depending on the severity and type of your condition, treatment commonly lasts from a few days to 6-8 weeks, however some conditions require on-going care, need referral or immediate medical attention. 
  3. You are taught methods to help maintain your healthier life style for you to be able to self-assess and self-treat any future flair-ups and advice on prevention principles.

Learn what to expect from A-Z at Wichita Pain Center, treatment for back pain, neck pain, sciatica, herniated or bulged discs, headaches or pain in an extremity (shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle and foot pain) including care by Wichita Chiropractor and Certified McKenzie Diagnosis & Therapy provider, Dr. Tracy A Norris in Wichita Kansas.

The Benefits of Self-Treatment:

  • Due to your ability to perform more frequent self-treatment (as frequent as every two-three hours), than can be provided by a doctor or physical therapist, allows the necessary frequency of treatment to correct the pain producing issue in some conditions
  • Helps with recurrences[1]. You will be able to assess how your back is feeling, and be able to treat yourself preventatively or anytime your back pain flares-up.
  • Can dramatically reduce your cost for care.

Co-mingling doctor provided care and learned self-management skills allows the patient to become less dependent on doctors and physical therapists and be more self-reliant. Successful self-management requires that individuals must adopt certain behavioral strategies that minimize pain and maximize function. Some individuals find this personal responsibility difficult, however our Certified providers are trained to provide encouragement and guidance as needed.  

 Book an appointment for back pain or neck pain at Wichita Pain Center, Wichita Kansas

 

Learn about the most common cause of back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, hip pain, knee pain and ankle pain from Wichita Chiropractor and Certified McKenzie Diagnosis & Therapy provider, Dr. Tracy A. Norris from Wichita Pain Center in Wichita Kansas.

 

References & Disclaimers:

[1] Watson G, Neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy: Encouraging self-management. Physiotherapy, 82:6;352-357, 1996. "Watson urges that physiotherapists should promote a therapeutic alliance with patients to encourage self-management, an approach that is efficient, increases patient compliance, and helps prevent recurrences."

[2] The Lumbar Spine, Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Vol 1, Robin McKenzie, Dr. Stephen May, Spinal Publications New Zealand Ltd. P.29. "A therapeutic encounter needs to equip the sufferer with long-term self-management strategies as well as short-term measures of symptomatic improvement. It may be suggested that to do otherwise and treat patients with short-term passive modalities or manipulation, but not equip them with information and strategies for self-management, is ill-conceived and is not in the patients' best interests. If a condition is very common, persistent, often episodic and resistant to easy remedy, it is time patients were fully empowered to deal with these problems in an optimal and realistic fashion. As clinicians, we should be offering this empowerment to our patients."

[3] Albert HB, Manniche C., The efficacy of systematic active conservative treatment for patients with severe sciatica. A single-blinded randomized controlled trial. Spine, 37:7:531-542, 2011 181 patients with severe sciatica were  randomised to directional preference exercises or sham non-back related exercises, with both groups being provided with information and advice to stay active. A mean of 4.8 treatment sessions was given. Both groups improved over time, and there were significant difference that favoured the directional preference exercises group in terms of global assessment of improvement, and improvement in neurological signs; and a trend to better outcomes in leg pain.

[4] Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2004 Dec 1;29(23):2593-602. Does it matter which exercise? A randomized control trial of exercise for low back pain. Long A1, Donelson R, Fung T. "...exercises matching subjects' DP (directional preference) significantly and rapidly decreased pain and medication use and improved in all other outcomes..."

[5] The McKenzie Institute® USA Website: https://mckenzieinstituteusa.org/videos.cfm

 

 

Disclaimer: The Lumbar Spine, Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Vol 1, Robin McKenzie, Dr. Stephen May, Spinal Publications New Zealand Ltd. P.28. "Back pain is not always a curable disorder and for many is a lifelong problem. No intervention has been shown to alter the underlying prevalence, incidence or recurrence rates. Consequently, management must and should always be offering models of self-management and personal responsibility to the patient".

 

 

 

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