The best custom care tech innovations for chiropractors on the market and how they’re being utilized
In the world of modern health care, any trained professional will tell you that the right diagnosis is a crucial step in healing. After all, how can you prescribe an effective prognosis without getting to the heart of the issue? Or, in the case of chiropractic custom care tech, the back of the issue.
All chiropractic jokes aside, any person with back issues will tell you that it’s no laughing matter. A startling two million back injuries occur a year in the U.S. Experts say that 80%1 of adults are estimated to experience a back injury in their lifetime. In the U.S., back injuries make up the No. 1 cause of job-related disability. In fact, back injuries and back pain account for 38.5% of days away from work.
Add remote working injuries
It’s fair to say that back health is a front-and-center topic for many. Back injuries, degenerative diseases, aches, pains and nerve issues are just some of the conditions people suffer from daily.
And in a world where many are working remotely with less-than-suitable home office setups, we’re seeing more and more of people’s back ailments surfacing from too much time seated at a desk. Sitting has been touted as the new smoking, due to the toxic repercussions it causes for many.
Chiropractic tech tools
Resolving patients’ back injuries and helping them stay mobile so they can feel their best is achieved with the help of the many chiropractic custom care tech innovations coming forth within our industry:
Electromyography — With new diagnostic tools such as electromyography, we now have the ability to take a look inside our patient’s body and see where the problem is occurring. This also offers a lot more information about our patient’s muscular patterns. With more detailed information from diagnostic tools like this, we’re able to treat our patients more specifically and provide better relief as well.
MRI — MRI results are utilized to aid in creating individual treatment plans. Gone are the days of sending patients off to 12 sessions of physical therapy before taking a closer look at the issue through an MRI. By getting an MRI earlier in the patient’s process, we can determine the proper customized approach and decide if further intervention is necessary. Whatever the decision may be, a proper MRI helps get the best, most accurate care for the patient.
Disc Decompression Machines — These machines offer maximal benefit to our patients. The disc decompression machine stretches and relaxes the spinal column, made possible through computerized technology which confirms the proper amount of stress is placed on the spine in a very specific location.2 The patient is relieved of muscle contractions and pressure within the spine and will feel substantial relief.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy — This device relies on the technology of therapeutic high-energy sound waves to treat different conditions. The best cases for using such a device are for muscle strains or other muscular-related injuries. The device works by generating large shock waves to help heal the injury. Many years of study have confirmed that the root causes of pain can be eliminated systematically with this therapeutic approach.
Full Body Analysis — These large chiropractic workstations assess the patient by performing a body analysis. The machine then determines a treatment for the patient according to the results. Renowned as a sophisticated system, this chiropractic tech can pinpoint where the spinal abnormalities are in a patient and if they are causing issues. Once the machine has determined what the issue is, it can optimize the patient’s experience by moving into a treatment mode, where it will work in a painless way.
High-Power Laser Therapy — This innovative device has been around for a while and has been used in other medical fields, but it has become a great chiropractic tech tool as well. This laser is activated by using the infrared and red-light technologies to repair damaged tissues and stimulate cells in the affected area.3 This is a supportive therapy and can be used in combination with regular chiropractic care to help with the following conditions:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Trigger points
Neurological scanning — While chiropractic care has mostly to do with the spine, the rest of the body can offer a lot of helpful information in diagnosing the underlying issue. With this type of scanning, the technology uses neurological scans to assess a person’s entire nervous system in just a few short minutes. The benefit offered is that it allows a deeper look into a person’s spinal nerve connection to observe how those connections impact the spine as well as different parts of the body. This technology allows doctors to see a patient’s condition in more detail and make the correct diagnosis, ensuring the proper treatment plan is created.
With the help of these chiropractic tech custom care cutting-edge tools, diagnosis and treatment of various conditions with innovative technological breakthroughs are possible. With the support of these devices, a lot of guesswork is taken out of diagnosing, delivering a deeper understanding of our patient’s body as a whole.
Keeping up with custom care technological advances
Multidisciplinary physicians value staying current in the latest treatments and technologies. While medical or health care conventions are not very popular in today’s pandemic world, the publications, webinars, continuing education, seminars and our network of professional peers both help obtain and share some of the breakthrough products available — part of this amazing community of chiropractors who create the best quality of life for our patients together.
RUSSELL GREENSEID, DC, is a chiropractor, major shareholder and chief of staff at Metro Healthcare Partners in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is a trusted advocate and respected voice in the chiropractic field with a doctor of chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, N.Y. He resides in Short Hills, N.J., with his wife and two sons. Visit metrohealthnyc.com for more information on Greenseid and his multidisciplinary team of professionals.