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
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
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
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.