Research results demonstrate that treatments chiropractors provide can effectively help patients with chronic back, neck and/or shoulder pain. They can also do so without medication and reduce patients’ reliance on opioids.
Unfortunately, evidence-based recommendations considering manual therapy for pain management, and how to introduce and oversee this care, are not widespread.
To bridge these gaps, we consulted with an interprofessional advisory panel and hired the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) to produce a clinical, knowledge translation tool.
- This Manual Therapy as an Evidence-Based Referral for Musculoskeletal Pain Clinical (knowledge translation) tool is for medical doctors and nurse practitioners.
- The advisory panel included Dr. Janice Harvey MD, CCFP(SEM), FCFP DIP. SPORT MED, Dr. David Dos Santos, B.Sc., D.C., FCCPOR(C), FCCO(C), Dr. Erica Weinberg, BSc, MSc, MPhil, MD, Dr. Lindsey Rebeiro, BScH, DC and Lynn K. Cooper, BES as a patient with lived experience.
To support chiropractors, we produced the Chiropractor’s Pain Management Toolkit (for chiropractors to explore opioid management with a patient). A key part of the Chiropractor Pain Management Toolkit is the Chiropractor Dialogue Map. The CCO unanimously endorsed this dialogue map, making it clear that chiropractors using this tool are within their scope of practice.
The Collaborative equips health care professionals with the information they need to work together, helping their patients manage their back, shoulder and neck pain while managing or reducing their dependence on opioids.