Welcome to the New Patient Center for 

Physical Healthcare of Jacksonville!

We understand that arriving at a physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic for the first time can be nerve racking. If you've never experienced medical, physical therapy, or chiropractic care before, you may not know what to expect when you come to our Jacksonville office for the first time. Filling out paperwork, learning new faces, and getting to know your way around the office can be an overwhelming experience.

That's why at Physical Healthcare of Jacksonville our aim is to remove any unnecessary stress or tension and make you feel comfortable during your visit with our providers.

In this area of the website, you will be able to take care of the items necessary for your physical medicine and rehabilitation visit prior to arriving, in the comfort of your own home. If you have any questions at any time, please don't hesitate to contact our Jacksonville chiropractic office at (904) 645-0777!

Laying the Foundation for Total Health

In some ways, one could say that physical medicine and reahabilitative care is a bit like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work together correctly. When building a house, if you tried to build your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually may even collapse. If you tried to build your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. These concepts apply to your body as well, and physical medicine and rehabilitative care address many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your body's foundation, that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. With our physical medicine and rehabilitative care, your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of our care here . . .

Phase 1: Relief Care

If you are in pain when you come into our Jacksonville physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic, our first objective is to help you reduce pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. If you are not in pain, most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.

For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin care with us, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.

Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care

During the corrective phase of physical medicine and rehabilitative care, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, which helps prevent further injury or pain. Most providers regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a person's care. If all that the provider does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone. The goal of corrective or restorative physical medicine and rehabilitative care is to help bring your body back to 100% functionality. 

Phase 3: Wellness Care

It is important to come in for periodic physical medicine and rehabilitative visits to avoid further problems in the future. Once your body has fully healed, routine care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.

When you make routine physical medicine and rehabilitative care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.

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