In the last couple of years, there have been significant efforts towards integrating conventional medicine and chiropractic treatment together. Both sides are now beginning to identify, recognize, and embrace their respective values.
More and more medical doctors and nurse practitioners are signing on to become part of integrated healthcare practices with chiropractors. MDs and chiropractors are acknowledging the advantages of working together while treating the progression of a particular disease.
At the same time, chiropractors have also shown a keen interest in medically integrated practice models, because it not only lowers the costs of treatment, but more importantly, it also yields better patient outcomes.
We all know that traditional medical practices lean more on symptom relief and pharmaceutical remedies – but, chiropractic treatment focuses more on the early stages of health development. For instance, chiropractic treatment works well for confronting the potential structural misalignments of the body and treating blockages before the condition evolves into devastating disorder.
Recently, conventional medical practices have maintained a high profile in the public's eye and chiropractic treatment has grown in popularity – while gaining various state legislative victories. This boosts and gives merit to the those who seek chiropractic treatment and avoid the traditional doctor who writes a prescription in response to a symptom. (source: ceocfointerviews.com)
Here Comes Chiropractic
More and more healthcare institutions are initiating chiropractic care and are taking evidence-based approaches to the treatment and care of patients. Today, more and more clinics in the U.S are adopting an integrated medical approach with multidisciplinary teams that are engaging in interprofessional case management.
In addition, chiropractic clinics are adding top-class imaging technology, regenerative medicine, physical therapy, and other support systems to their slate of services offered. This benefits the patients’ health outcomes and at the same time, lowers the overall cost of treatment.
Delivery of chiropractic care at hospitals and private clinics is perceived to have significant value among patients, healthcare providers, and administration. Clinical outcomes, provider productivity, cost offset, and patients’ satisfaction are foundational aspects of success at the clinical level.
The integrated model (conventional + chiropractic care) addresses the primary cause of a medical condition by using a more systematic approach as well as engaging both practitioners and patient in a therapeutic partnership. In fact, it is the next step in the evolution of healthcare, which addresses modern needs in a holistic way.
Now medical doctors in collaboration with chiropractic doctors can take into consideration the genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors, which can positively impact long-term health and prevent chronic or complex disorders. In this way, conventional medical care supports the unique application of chiropractic care – which concerns the well-being and vitality of each person.
An Unbeatable Team
Numerous studies show that disease can have various underlying causes. The skills sets of a team of medical professionals working together to identify and treat the root causes or issues as a result of any inflammatory process in the patient’s body is nothing but a positive for the patient.
For instance, these problems may include old and new injuries, muscular-skeletal imbalances, digestive issues, etc. With chiropractors and doctors working together under one roof, they can save patients the trouble of visiting different healthcare professionals to treat the issues an individual might be experiencing.
Research shows that patients are also pleased to have an integrated multidisciplinary team in the healthcare setting. We all know there is a clear difference between solving the issue and just feeling better.
In this regard, it is important to know that pain is one of the last symptoms to present when you have a health condition. At the same time, it is one of the first problems to go away once care has begun. The collaborative work inside the medically integrated office shows patients positive and effectual results using proven strategies equipped with cutting-edge tools.
Furthermore, clinical research studies show that medical integration can significantly reduce cost per stay as well as improve health outcomes. However, this requires more research in the future – as there is a need for determining the long-term costs and benefits. (source: NIH.gov)
Healthcare institutions may find that complementary or alternative therapies, which can produce good market value for customers seeking such types of services, to be attractive ways to keep costs down. In fact, hospitals and clinics might find themselves at a market disadvantage as demand continues to grow for chiropractic care. Therefore, it is vital for providers to offer chiropractic services to treat pain, address structural issues, and ultimately increase the quality of care using a more holistic approach.
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