Practice Central | As you know firsthand, chiropractic schools offer little (if any) Personal Injury–specific training. This is true across all healthcare specialties and professions. This lack of training in clinical documentation, case management, and general procedures can become problematic, however, when dealing with Personal Injury (PI) patients. These issues can also become a problem for providers who have not kept up with current PI trends. With that in mind, here are five simple yet effective tips that can be implemented directly into your next PI case.
Money Management | There's no doubt that things are changing rapidly in the healthcare world. As costs continue to escalate beyond affordability, many chiropractors sit motionless in their offices like those on the Titanic, hoping everything will be OK. But your future success in the chiropractic market will be guided by the decisions you make today regarding the economic model of your practice. Unfortunately, for many chiropractors, this decision will be based on fear rather than strategy.
Practice Central | A common compliant of chiropractors is that their patients often do not complete their scheduled treatments. The irony here is that when you’re doing your job right, they start to feel relief after only a treatment or two and decide they do not need further care. This can be frustrating to many DCs, knowing the patient’s pain will more than likely return if they do not finish their treatment regimen. Patients often start to feel as if they can treat themselves at home, using techniques learned from online videos and the few trips that they took to your office.
Clinical Concerns |Nothing hampers a person’s ability to move more than foot pain. You can sometimes work around hip issues or lower back symptoms, but foot pain tends to negatively affect almost every aspect of life. The human foot is a stubborn part of the body. It can withstand a tremendous amount of stress and abuse. But this stubbornness can also make it a challenging area to treat. One of the most common foot injuries is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thin but extremely strong band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot.
Chiro Biz Quiz | Do you currently offer rehabilitation services or physical therapy to patients in your practice but are unhappy with the return? Are you unsure about who can perform rehab services in your state? Is your practice in compliance with state and federal regulations? And how do rehab services integrate with a cash-based practice? If you are thinking about adding rehab to your clinic or are having problems making it profitable, this quiz just might have the answers to your questions.
Wellness Approach |Every day in your practice, you’re certain to see people who need ongoing attention for their joints. For times between office visits, patients need a natural intervention that addresses the need for joint repair, pain reduction, and stopping inflammation. Conventional treatments center on stopping the pain—an important consideration to be sure, but it doesn’t get to the root of the problem. Plus, pharmaceutical responses can often bring about potentially dangerous side effects or have addictive properties.
Clinical Concerns | The use of transcranial low level laser therapy (tLLLT) finding increasing acceptance in the treatment and management of neurodegenerative diseases and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI.) The fact that tLLLT can be effectively employed using the near-infrared low level lasers already found in many chiropractic offices allows doctors of chiropractic to be instrumental in the early management of mTBI patients. Essential to good therapeutic outcomes is a basic understanding of biostimulation, clinical benefits, and individual laser equipment used in the treatment of mTBI.
Feature | By bringing a physical therapist (PT) or similar specialist on board, you can provide more thorough and collective care at your chiropractic practice. Ultimately, adding a PT increases the number of services your practice can provide. While the PT can spend time delivering therapy and rehabilitation, the chiropractor can focus on diagnosing, adjusting, and maintaining wellness. It also enables patients to receive comprehensive care, particularly those who’ve just had surgery.
Practice Central | Chiropractic management is as much of an art as it’s a science. Raise your game by observing two basic rules for organizing your team. Rule number one: You manage systems and you grow people. Rule number two: Culture always wins. Turnover in the chiropractic profession both in staff and associate doctors is a major topic anytime doctors of chiropractic get together. And when I’m teaching, the process of onboarding staff and doctors is one of the most frequently asked questions.