There are two approaches to treatment: relief care and corrective care. With relief care, symptom relief is the main objective. Once the patient is no longer experiencing the symptom, the care goals have been met. The length of time for relief care may be very short, although for some patients, especially those with chronic symptoms, the process may be lengthier.
With corrective care, the objective is comprehensive healing that targets the source of the disease or problem. This typically takes longer and has a more lasting benefit. However, some patients have health conditions that are not entirely correctable. Each patient needs to decide how much they want to invest in their care. I am happy to explain this further and to discuss the options of relief versus corrective care with each of my patients.