This is a very common question I am presented with by new patients.
The answer is: It depends.
Personally, I prefer to assign a different treatment plan for each patient. Every plan is based on that patient's specific needs. Some people require more lengthy care than others. For example, an injury that developed only about 2 weeks prior to presenting for treatment, typically will be resolved much sooner than one that has been years in the making.
The treatments themselves also vary from person to person. Some patients require more soft tissue (muscle work) than others and fewer joint manipulations. Others may respond best to a quick spinal adjustment and some stretching. Each person is different and so it their treatment from visit to visit.
Generally speaking though, visits are closer together (2-3/week) for the first 2-3 weeks. Based on progress and how well the patient follows recommendations, the frequency of visits is reduced and tapered over time. Treatments will include more active care (exercise) recommendations as you start feeling better in order to help you maintain your results and avoid regular flare-ups.
Once you are pain free and staying that way, you are advised to continue your prescribed exercises and return periodically for follow up. A popular option is once per month, but again, that is individual and based on the patient's goals. Some people come on an as-needed basis and others choose to be proactive and follow up before there is a problem.
I make it my goal to get you better faster, and teach you how to keep it that way. How quickly that is achieved is up to you! We are a team!