Your ability to diagnose functional deficiencies is an essential skill
Chiropractors now have access to myriad advanced testing options. MRIs, diagnostic ultrasounds, and CT scans help confirm diagnoses like disc lesions, stenosis, and tears of a labrum or meniscus. These structural pathologies, however, are often signs rather than causes of the patient’s underlying problem. Structural diagnoses are frequently the result of longstanding functional deficits that generate pathoanatomic changes and, eventually, symptoms. Diagnosing underlying functional deficiencies does not require any specialized equipment other than a keen sense of observation.