Wellness Approach You have powerful, natural tools at your disposal. Your patients know about pain. Whether they suffer from occasional pulled muscles from work or projects around the home, or have dealt with chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, they look to you and your practice for much-needed help.
Practice Central Many chiropractic practices treat professional and recreational athletes and, as this subspecialty grows, providers are looking for growth opportunities. Certain elements of a practice are essential in maintaining a strong patient base, e.g., collaborating with other disciplines, improving provider personal health, and seeking to better educate clinical assistants.
Research Results In September 2017, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) published the first consensus statement on pain management in elite athletes in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.Prior to this, there were no guidelines on effective pain management for the elite athlete population. The authors suggest an approach to pain management, however, that can be used not just for athletes but for every patient. Painful sensations are an individually unique experience.
Clinical Concerns A series of articles published in March 2018 by The Lancet is rocking the low-back pain (LBP) world, generating expert comment noting that the problem of LBP is “a major global challenge” and the world’s leading cause of disability. Shortly afterward, the ABC news program Good Morning America featured The Lancet articles with the headline “New report warns of widespread ineffectiveness of lower back pain treatment.”
Feature Terence Garvin, a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins and six-year veteran of the National Football League can attest to the value of chiropractic. “I got into chiropractic care during my first year as a Pittsburgh Steeler,” he says. “James Harrison, a 14-year veteran of the NFL, would have recovery parties at his house every week that would include chiropractic care. Sometimes up to 40 guys would show up! I learned from him that you don’t need to be in pain to get care and prevent injuries. I’ve been going to a chiropractor ever since then.”