Full Healthcare Equals Full Life
By Genevieve Smith
June has been an exciting month for chiropractic in the state of Texas. Several rights of the chiropractic practice came under fire -- but came out on top. The biggest potential element to be revoked from the practice: The right to diagnose. Penned by Texas Senator Van Taylor, Senate Bill 304 passed to protect that right. But why does it matter?
The Power of a Diagnosis
While it seems maintaining the right to treat a patient for another’s diagnosis should be enough, looking at specific cases teases out the importance to healthcare. Different kinds of practitioners are trained in different areas. In particular with cases of pain, chiropractors are trained to look in places that a primary care professional can miss; chiropractors may not even find the solution requires chiropractic. A recent case study published in the American Chiropractic Association Rehab Journal evaluated a pain sufferer who exemplified this dynamic. The patient was treated after seeing a primary care doctor, but without a subsiding in symptoms. After her pain only worsened, she visited a chiropractor. Here, she was able to receive a new diagnosis and ultimately found a successful course of treatment. The chiropractor recommended immediate surgery and post-op rehab with changes in her daily posture habits. Pre-operation, the patient had gone from severe pain in her lower extremities to swelling in her foot and worsening of symptoms. The ability for a chiropractor to diagnose helped this person find a new and necessary line of treatment!
What Else Came Under Fire
Let’s look at the gambit of rights ready to be revoked from the chiropractic practice this year beyond the general right to diagnose.
- The right to evaluate, diagnose and treat neurological symptoms
- The right to join in business agreements with medical doctors, osteopaths and podiatrists
- The preservation of an autonomous state board of chiropractic examiners
What Proper Healthcare Means To You
Healthcare is about making sure that all the resources are at the ready to help patients discover the source of their malaise. It is strongest when working as a collaborative effort of skilled professionals helping to evaluate, diagnose, and treat people suffering from health problems. When practitioners of different specialties are available to delve into a patient’s problems, people are more likely to receive the best possible care.
Chiropractic specializes in the skeletal structure and neurological systems. With this specialization in mind, chiropractors look at pain through a honed lens to help target solutions for sufferers. Protecting the rights of the practice is exciting, as it means a fuller range of healthcare available to those in need. If you think you may need a diagnosis, or just a regular checkup to keep your skeleton in tip-top shape, drop in to see your local chiropractor at The Joint.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clear Lake, Tex.