Clinical Concerns Consider the following complaints: “I want to run a race this weekend, what do you think?” “I’ve been pretty depressed lately due to this chronic pain I’ve been in for years.” Get prepared, new doctor, because you will hear these statements over and over throughout your career. The efficacy of your treatments and the speed at which they take effect will be a crucial factor in the success of your practice.
As a DC, you can specialize in many different areas of health, wellness, and treatment. For instance, one of the more common specializations is sports chiropractic, an area which involves working primarily with athletes who wish to improve performance, avoid injury, and/or heal from a game or training-related issue. This is a big one as the American Chiropractic Association indicates that more and more people are engaging in sports at the high school and college level.
Many DCs offer a number of services beyond spinal adjustments and manipulations. SPINE-health shares that some of the most common include offering dietary and supplemental advice, providing massage services, and treating patients with ultrasound, hydrotherapy, and electrical muscle stimulation. Another service that some chiropractors are deciding to add to their current practices is dry needling. What makes this particular service a complementary treatment to chiropractic care? Healthline explains that dry needling, which is the art of inserting fine, thin needles inserted at specific points, offers a couple of distinct natural, drugless benefits.
Clinical Concerns Given the new information on the benefits of transcranial photobiostimulation, doctors of chiropractic have an opportunity to deliver cutting edge treatment for post-concussion syndromes, mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) treatment, and potentially many other brain disorders. However, there are several questions that must be answered regarding the knowledge base, steps, and preparation doctors should undertake to become competent in transcranial photobiostimulation therapy.
Feature As the Detroit Lions’ team chiropractor for almost 15 years, Sol Cogan, DC, has seen the benefits of patients receiving care from multiple health care providers who work together. “Combining the skills of providers who share the goal of putting the patient first results in better health care,” he says. A particular collaboration patients can benefit from is one formed between their chiropractor and physical therapist.