3-3-3….THE WAY TO BE PAIN FREE….is a little rhyme to help you remember a simple way to take care of significant aches and pains that develop from injuries sustained by over-exertion or injury. This refers to the dosing of Ibuprofen (Advil).
You take 3 tablets (200mg each…total of 600mg)…..
3 times per day……
for 3 days.
This is solid dosing of anti-inflammatory and in general, is a simple way to get sustained pain relief and inflammation treatment, so that significant injuries improve, pain is relieved, and function is restored.
Remember, if you continue on these medications longer, there are other issues to consider, including stomach irritation; Longer-term, kidney concerns are on the list. Read more about safety of anti-inflammatory medications in THE GUIDE, pages 112-113.
With increasing concerns about the costs of medical care and the desire to lower costs, look for less and less coverage of physical therapy treatment regimens.
The latest study from the Annals of Internal Medicine compared: Chiropractic care, medication regimens, and home exercise regimens for treatment of acute musculoskeletal neck pain.
In this study…..Chiropractic care and Home Exercise Regimens were better than medication alone, and were equal to one another.
Given this finding, it is just a matter of time until insurance companies refuse to cover physical therapy or chiropractic….in favor of home exercise regimens.
In this study, the home regimen was preceeded by 2 episodes of physical therapy ‘instruction’ by a trained therapist, but rather than allowing 18 sessions of physical therapy, I think you will see more and more of these ‘home based’ therapy regimens covered, while standard physical therapy and chiropractic care are reduced.