There can be many ways to treat the same illness or injury. Choosing one that is right for you can be one of the most important decisions you make about your health. These tips can help you get the information you need to make smart and effective choices.
- Find out what the treatment is for. It may not be obvious: Some treatments are preventative, some make the symptoms better, some fight disease head-on, some make it easier for you to heal naturally
- Find out what other treatment options may be available by talking to your doctor/care provider, searching online, and calling organizations that deal with your problem. You can also seek a second opinion – or as many as you need – to find a treatment that is right for you
- Weigh the benefits and risks of each option. Find out what the benefits are, how long they will last, and what you have to do to get them (like changing your diet or going to physical therapy). Find out the risks like complications from surgery or side effects from medication. Be realistic about the benefits and risks – and if you think you can follow the treatment or regimen
- Once you choose a treatment, try to learn everything you can about it, including how to follow it correctly, and how long the treatment might take. Stay in close contact with your doctor/care provider and make sure she follows your progress. Let her know immediately if you are having any problems