ADVANCED DIAGNOSTICS ARE PROVIDING BETTER DATA, PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS AND BUY-IN
Quality patient care is at the heart of every successful chiropractic practice, and many DCs are raising the bar by integrating visual advanced diagnostics for greater patient understanding and buy-in of treatments and care.
When it comes to visual diagnostics “elaborating on the patient’s health condition…engages them in their treatment plan,” says Stacy-Ann Smith, DC. Jason Hare, DC, has found similar positive results by using digital X-ray equipment daily to help diagnose his patients, and utilizing postural and motion capture assessment as well.
Digital X-ray and analysis
“Besides evaluating extent of injuries, level of arthritic condition, and biomechanics, digital X-ray has enabled me to provide the best possible care for my clients,” he says. “They’ve even helped save patients’ lives.”
Hare says he’s “caught more than one fracture on X-ray, including one unstable fracture of C2. Other serious conditions that have been caught because of our use of digital X-rays include cases of bone infection, large aortic aneurysms and metastases to the spine.”
He says he has found that some patients choose him over other chiropractors in the area due solely to the advanced diagnostics technology he has. Furthermore, use of visual advanced diagnostics helps him provide patients a clearer understanding of their issue while also enabling him to “determine the safest and most effective treatment.”
Advanced diagnostics choices
Some of the most popular diagnostics devices in the Chiropractic Economics products catalog are in the categories of testing, analysis, X-ray, instrument adjusting and analysis, products that can help DCs close the communication gap with patients. Visual diagnostics improve patient understanding so they are engaged in their own care.
The more your patients understand what is going on in their body, the more engaged they become in their treatment, and patient outcomes and retention are improved. Today we have access to advanced technologies such as digital foot scans, X-rays and MRIs that allow DCs to see inside a patient’s body. And for a patient, few words or explanations can replace a picture.
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