Pain is often the first indicator that something is physically wrong, and is often the main reason that people seek out their medical provider. Which medical provider do you seek out when you are in pain?
Research suggests that a multi-disciplinary team makes for better patient outcomes. There are more strengths than weaknesses to this new model, including better treatment options. Consider a recent study performed on active military personnel with low back pain. Results showed a better outcome for patients who sought both medical care and chiropractic treatment, rather than only standard medical/pharmacological treatment options. The type of provider one sees significantly affects the type of treatment received, and an integrative approach allows for more alternative therapies and treatment options.
For example, patients seeing a medical doctor for low back pain will most often be referred out to a surgeon, but success rates for spinal surgery are low. Those that are involved in an integrative team will have more options, including chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage. Prior studies have suggested that patients are far less likely to undergo surgery if the first provider they see is a chiropractor.
Patients that have not seen results with standard medical approaches are some of the best candidates for conservative, non-invasive care. The fields of chiropractic and alternative medicine continue to grow and develop, offering state of the art technology and cutting edge treatment protocols to provide better patient outcomes. At Burkhart and Chapp Chiropractic, PLC, we seek to provide a non-surgical, drug-free healthcare approach to the West Michigan community utilizing the most state-of-the-art technology. Let us join your team and achieve a great outcome for the spine.
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