is the experience of being sick - the impact of disease on the patient's perceived
quality of life. Patient's problems are not lab values or abnormal
findings on exam procedures. Advances in technology have changed
the whole construction and philosophy of medicine. Interests have shifted
from clinical evaluation of the patient to the interpretation of sophisticated
procedures. This attitude tends to alienate physicians from the
The integration of health care disciplines is the foundation of Physicians
Plus, which acknowledges and cares for the whole person. The patient is
the center of care: His or her function, well-being, quality of life, general
health and structural integrity - not just a disease or symptom.
Increasingly, medical physicians are witnessing a synergy that occurs when
the team plays in concert. Utilizing these different systems enables us to
focus on the most important thing - the patient.
Chiropractors today are more likely to refer a patient to a medical doctor when
they suspect that an underlying condition may be responsible for their pain and
likewise, a medical doctor to refer to a chiropractic doctor for management of
neuromusculoskeletal pain. Some chiropractors insist that their patients have a primary care physician that
they can communicate with in order to ensure that the they are receiving the
best quality care. In this sense, Chiropractors are becoming part of the broader
spectrum of providers that treat neck and back pain.
Just like chiropractic there are a variety different medical specialties; general or
family practice, orthopaedics, neurology, sports, and physical medicine and
rehabilitation. Doctors usually have a four-year undergraduate degree
and a four-year medical degree, and many have also completed diplomate programs
(residencies) in the various specialties.
There is a lot to be offered by different disciplines, different traditions, and different systems of medicine.
We need to act as scientific pioneers and help individuals with their own unique sensitivities and deliver
a healing path commensurate with their recovery and feeling comfortable.
- Dr. Wisneski JACA Aug 1999. V36 N8 P12.
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