“Sometimes the best treatment is not ‘physical treatment,’ but rather reassurance.”
Clinicians are often quick to treat patients physically with acute episodes of pain.
The reality? The majority of these cases get better over the course of a few days/weeks.
Sometimes reassuring the patient “that everything is going to be fine and things will get better in a few days/weeks” is all that is needed.
If you are a clinician, are you guilty of jumping the gun and treating every acute patient with manipulation, modalities, and other forms of treatment that create patient dependency? If so, we challenge your approach.
Empower your patients. Reassure them that everything is going to be fine.
We are not saying to never use manipulation and modalities. There is a time and place for everything. Do what is best for your patient in front of you. After all, that is your job.