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What's the Best Way to Eat An Elephant?

What’s the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

I remember the first time I heard that phrase, it was from a business mentor. In that context, he was talking about the challenges of starting and growing a healthcare office, and how if someone took a look at all of the obstacles that go into it, it’ll make your head spin. (Not literally.) Instead, the best approach was to break it down into small chunks and work on these chunks bit by bit, to get small wins.

Same thing applies in spine care. Most people that come in to start care here have a lot of stress on their backs, from work and possibly previous injuries. And they could have issues in one body region that are contributing to issues in another body region (for example, a leg injury causing the back to compensate and shift, and now the low back hurts).

When figuring out the best way to get you guys to your ultimate health goals, it’s important to break it down into short-term steps in order to get to the long-term destination. That could mean first getting the pain levels decreased, then improving back strength and stability, then getting into full activities, for example. But if you focus too much on going from “I have pain traveling down my leg” to “I want to work out at the gym again”, your head will spin (again, not literally.).

- Dr. Scott Minton

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