Often patients who have chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries, also have nMSK challenges. These challenges add to their pain and limit their mobility. For these patients, an interprofessional collaborative approach works particularly well5.
As part of your patient’s interprofessional team, chiropractors are qualified to assess, diagnose, and treat issues affecting the nMSK system, such as osteoarthritis (OA), the largest cohort representing all other arthritis conditions combined2,6.
For persons with degenerative arthritis conditions which require referrals to medical doctors for additional diagnostic or lab tests, such as Inflammatory Arthritis (IA) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), chiropractors provide informed referrals to medical doctors and other health care professionals6.
Chiropractors, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals will then collaborate with medical doctors and specialists to support their patients’ ongoing care, as required1.
In 2017, The American College of Physicians released new guidelines that now support the use of nonpharmacologic therapies, such as chiropractic care and acupuncture, as first-line treatments for low back pain, before using medication7.