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Primary Spine Care

Scenario: Your back hurts or your neck is keeping you awake at night. What do you do now? For many people a common option is to take “something” from the medicine cabinet. You take it as directed and the pain persists. You get an ice pack, you put on a “therapeutic” heat patch and neither of those help either!
You may consult “Dr. Google”—which is always ill advised, as you may overreact or underreact to your individual condition. As the pain continues, you are likely to make an appointment with your family doctor. Your family doctor, who is in the process of treating a wide range of unrelated conditions, may prescribe you an anti-inflammatory drug and send you on your way. The pain continues so you return to your family doctor stating you tried the meds to no avail. Next stop, physical therapy for a program of stretch and strengthening to help relive “the pain”. Although the stretching helped, you head back to the family doctor and this time you want “answers” because you have dealt with this long enough, you are not sleeping, and you are tired of it. You may have been advised by a friend, or coworker that maybe it’s time you talk with a surgeon, so ….you get where I’m going with this.
The odds are that you never considered a very valid option—Chiropractic. Why would you? After all, at the current time, less than 10% of the population has ever visited a chiropractor. But, the scenario listed above is a perfect story of where a QUALIFIED chiropractor could have been the solution. When I refer to a QUALIFIED chiropractor I mean one that has been trained and in Primary Spine Care. Credentialed through a post-secondary organization, that trains, tests and vets the practitioner in such subjects as:
“Trends in Chiropractic Practice and Hospitals, Spinal Biomechanical Engineering and MRI Spine Interpretation, Primary Spine Care & the Utilization of Research, Contemporary Literature of Chiropractic Research and the Central Nervous System Connection, Soft Tissue Pathology and MRI Findings, Documentation of the Research in a Clinical Case, Neuroanatomy and Central Nervous System Pathways of Pain, Scientific Evidence of the Chiropractic Adjustment and the Central Nervous System
Research in Interprofessional Collaboration, Evidence in the Trauma Case, Spinal Biomechanical Engineering and Compensation, Chiropractic Evidence in Ligamentous Pathological State
MRI Anatomy, Neurology and Protocols, Evidence Based Practice in Collaborative Environments & Reversing Trends in the Opioid Epidemic, The Neurology, Mechanism & Central Nervous System Role of the Chiropractic Adjustment, Chiropractic Evidence in a Medical-Legal Environment
Documentation, Compliance & Requirements, Research in a Spinal Biomechanics, Hospitals, Medical Specialists and Educating the Medical Community, Chiropractic Evidence of the Neurological Components of the Adjustment, MRI Spine Interpretation; Nomenclature, Anatomy, Neurology and Protocols, Relationships with medical primary and specialists, The Neurology, Mechanism & Central Nervous System Role of the Chiropractic Adjustment and the literature evidence as to why chiropractic has superior outcomes vs. physical therapy, Documentation, Compliance & Requirements”
This rigorous education is specifically designed to train the doctor to be the first stop for spinal related complaints. A chiropractor with this level of training will know exactly what to look for in a patient history and physical exam and which tests to order to help confirm an accurate diagnosis. Once diagnosis is made this Dr. will know which conditions to manage in their clinic and which conditions to make an immediate referral to his network of specialists they commonly refer with.
This type of doctor can shorten the time for the patient from complaint to diagnosis and appropriate treatment as they are only focused on the spine. This training also provides an avenue to relieve pressure off the family doctor’s schedule as their back-pain patients are seeing a specialist. In addition, it allows for proper scheduling, if needed, to a pain management or surgeon’s office as well as the patient will have generally been “worked up” and had appropriate imaging.
Primary Spine Care chiropractors are poised to concisely and efficiently manage patients, help relieve volume burdens on the family practices and specialists schedule, as well as reduce the use of opioids in the treatment of the most expensive health concerns in the U.S.