The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last. It is important to understand there are many different experiences patients have from any type of provider to provider. For instance, some dental patients spend years trying to find a dentist they trust, a dentist that does not hurt or in search of a primary doctor that listens with compassion and concern. Chiropractic is no different. Life time chiropractic patients have experienced chiropractors that have hurt them and chiropractors they will never leave. Chiropractic can be used as a non-pharmacological pain reliever or embraced as part of a health and wellness regimen. It is the choice of the patient. A key thing that Dr. Sklar likes to point out is “pain takes time to go away, but staying well is time worth spent.”