Quite the opposite, the goal is that you do not need us at all. Once our exam has ruled out any red flags for concern, a trial of individualized, conservative care serves as our best diagnostic tool. Pain is a message from the body that something needs attention or that something needs to change. The goal of care is to figure out what the body needs. For most, an initial trial of therapy is short, and patients see results within 1-6 visits. Results are tracked closely and monitored to ensure progress. Pain should be going down and function should be going up. If a patient fails to improve, we work hard to find answers which may include ordering imaging or coordinating a referral to a specialist. As our patients improve, we introduce home mechanical therapy programs to foster independence. Most patients find that once they feel better, they can manage on their own and chose to come in only when they need us.