Clinical Approaches for Integrated Care

In many cases, interprofessional collaboration among health care professionals helps your patients achieve optimal health. Chiropractors are qualified to assess, diagnose and treat issues affecting the musculoskeletal (MSK) and the neuromusculoskeletal (nMSK) system. They can implement a care plan to help your patients manage their MSK or nMSK pain. For patients with conditions outside their scope of practice, chiropractors give informed referrals to physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals. Then, they collaborate with them to support their patients’ ongoing care, as required.

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The following Medical Post articles outline chiropractors’ clinical approaches, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment, to various conditions, to help you integrate care.

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Case study about collaborative care between Darcy Driscoll, MSc, DC, his patient Anita’s family physician and ultimately her vascular surgeon. Anita first visited Dr. Driscoll to address the gradual onset of increasing pain in her right leg and its potential connection to her long-standing low back pain. Therefore, following examinations and tests, he urged Anita to contact her family physician to rule out deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Further collaboration subsequently identified calcified plaque as the cause of her pain.
Source: Medical Post advertorial, June 2019.

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Case study consult between Dr. Raymond Jacques, MD, and Dr. Lindsey Rebeiro, DC. It’s about their shared patient, who presented with a complex case of acute and chronic back pain. This collaboration enabled their patient to eventually resume all his daily activities, return to work and independently manage his back pain.
Source: Medical Post, April 2019.

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A detailed overview of the assessment, diagnosis, and chiropractic treatment of a patient with low back pain. Includes a case study of Pam Damoff, an Oakville town councilor, with a sudden onset of low back pain and how it was treated.
Source: Medical Post advertorial, May 2015.

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A detailed overview of the assessment, diagnosis and chiropractic treatment for a patient with shoulder injuries. Includes case study about Coletta McGrath, an executive director at a community health centre in St. Catharines, who damaged her arm in a car accident how it was collaboratively treated.
Source: Medical Post advertorial, May 2015.

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A detailed overview of the assessment, diagnosis and chiropractic treatment for persistent or recurrent neck pain. Includes clinical practice guidelines, diagnosis steps and a rudimentary care pathway. It also features commentary from Dr. Tammy Hermant, a practising family physician in downtown Toronto, about her experience collaborating with chiropractors to treat patients with neck pain.
Source: Medical Post advertorial, September 2015.

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Outlines underlying MSK challenges affecting patients with complex conditions, such as COPD, diabetes, and aging, and how chiropractors can help. Includes a case study of a patient who had chronic health issues due to two car accidents.
Source: Medical Post advertorial, June 2015.

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