Other most-read specialty chiropractic topics included senior care and maintaining muscle mass for aging patients, care for pregnant patients …
The teaming of regenerative medicine, orthobiologics and chiropractic, and DCs performing DOT physical exams were two of the hottest topics on the Chiropractic Economics website in 2022 in regard to the most-read articles on specialty chiropractic.
“Regenerative medicines are used to replenish, strengthen and heal tissues, muscles and tendons,” wrote Anthony Crifase. “They also help treat injured, weakened and compromised joints. The chiropractic profession has intentionally sought to circumvent the use of non-narcotic and non-surgical care in favor of a system that improves the body’s ability to heal itself. This makes sense given chiropractors’ focus on anatomy and the self-healing capabilities of the body.”
DOT physical exams have become a lucrative sideline for many doctors of chiropractic, serving an industry in need of doctors.
“For the longest time, it was not unusual to hear about a driver sitting in an express care waiting room for three hours for their medical exam,” wrote Michael Megehee. “DCs have significantly changed the landscape regarding this issue. Truckers began to realize that many DCs were able to offer same-day or next-day appointments. Chiropractic certified medical examiners have proved themselves to be effective, knowledgeable, timesaving and cost-effective.”
Other most-read specialty chiropractic topics included senior care and maintaining muscle mass for aging patients, care for pregnant patients, and treating traumatic brain injuries and concussion patients.
Here are the five most-read specialty chiropractic articles from 2022:
BY ERIK REIS, DC, DACNB
Chiropractors frequently support ailments associated with WADs and TBIs, including sensitivities or pain in the neck and surrounding structural tissue, acute pain throughout the body, and stiffness of the joints. The profession has always treated trauma, but we must be aware of all the components that we should be responsible for regarding chiropractic and traumatic brain injury and treating patients.
BY CAITLIN HALEY CORONA, DC
It has allowed me to know that an adjustment is not one-size-fits-all. I was well-adjusted through both of my pregnancies and carried certain adjustments and techniques that provided relief, and I use those methods on pregnant patients … I started off by taking the Webster Technique certification in chiropractic school. It was eye-opening to know and understand how the body changes through each phase of pregnancy.
BY MICHELE WOJCIECHOWSKI
There are a lot of options with promising application when it comes to maintaining muscle mass. While it may seem counterintuitive on the surface, caloric restrictions in diet have a beneficial effect on muscle mass by lowering oxidative stress, reducing systemic inflammation, and attenuating a reduction in motor-neuron units.
BY MICHAEL MEGEHEE, DC
Doctors of chiropractic in 2012 were included in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME), allowing them to perform DOT physical exams for commercial drivers. This created a tremendous opportunity, and now the opportunity and future looks even brighter according to recent statistics.
BY ANTHONY CRIFASE, DC, CNS, DACBN, LD
Here is an example of how a chiropractor and regenerative medicine professional can work together: Say, for instance, a patient has a neck injury that has caused a measurable degree of instability in the cervical or lumbar spine. Intervention will be used to re-establish the patient’s comfort and range of motion. However, knowing that the tissues in the neck are damaged, the chiropractor and regenerative medicine specialist decide to take a collaborative approach by creating a plan that includes information from the MRI, examination, and patient history.