Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

March 22, 2014

JAMA Position on Chiropractic

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 2:47 pm

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A chiropractor in Boston wrote a pretty good Blog Post on Chiropractic and what it could do for a person. In it he included the above heading with a link to this Journal of the American Medical Association’s write up about back pain.

Be sure you look close or you will miss the Chiropractic part:-)

I am reminded of the very first time (in 26 years) I ever saw, in writing, a referral from a medical doctor for chiropractic care. Usually, it’s verbal and it goes like this: “Yeah, Chiropractic is good for some things, but not in your case.” Or, if the patient persists in asking for chiropractic care (for some reason they think that they need to ask), the response is, “Go ahead and try it and see if it helps.” In this community that’s the way it is. And they won’t recommend any one particular Chiropractor, with very few exceptions.

The written referral (generic, it wasn’t to me in particular) that came just recently was for a 80-plus year old man who had been subjected to chemo and radiation therapy in a battle against colon cancer. He had a list of other serious conditions accompanied by a list of dangerous prescriptions to treat those conditions and the side effects of medications. But most notably he was bent over like a question mark and twisted into a scoliotic “S” curve. These distortions had developed over the past year following the radiation and chemo. Of course he had back pain.

The medics had nothing for him; the P.T.s rejected him.

So, of course, he’s a perfect candidate for Chiropractic care, right? It would be laughable if it was so tragic.

And just so that you don’t misunderstand, I am referring to the spectrum that runs from this old man to the 5-year old new patient who was in a car accident 6 months ago and was released as “fine” by the medics, although he has had neck pain off and on every since the accident. I examined him and 3 areas of subluxation that were not “fine” at all.

There is a world of people in between those two examples who fail to receive the safe, effective and affordable Chiropractic care that they need because the entire system is designed to deny them that care. Instead they flood the offices of those responsible for the third leading cause of death in this country. And the inertia of that system still seems to make sense to people.

I am currently reading The Power of Habit. A good book that helps explain the control that corporations have over the masses, who, how and why (well you can guess why:-).

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3 Comments »

  1. So another day in the life of a chiropractor. Some things never change do they?

    Comment by Fred Bomonti DC — March 24, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

  2. Yes, I guess so but, I wonder if it’s been any different in your area. Do the chiropractors there get referrals by name from local medical doctors? Have you? You’ve been at this longer than I have, so maybe it’s different in your world.

    Comment by doctordilday — March 24, 2014 @ 11:36 pm

    • Not really. I have one physiatrist that occasionally sends me a patient after he is done and the doctors and PT’s before him are done. We have had pretty good results too, but rare referral. I have left referral pads at local MD’s office’s and I think they use them for paper airplanes for all the good it has done. Whatever, we just keep on helping people and they will give us the most important referral, from the happy patient. Frustrating at times after all these years. At least they don’t call me a quack and hang up on me anymore. LOL

      Comment by Fred Bomonti DC — March 24, 2014 @ 11:52 pm


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