Chiropractic — A Medical Doctor’s Perspective By David Perlmutter, MD

I wrote an article for the Naples Daily News, “Chiropractic Medicine — Effective Alternative for Pain, Studies Show.” The response that followed was surprising.

logo Naples Daily News betterPredictably, I received several complimentary letters and phone calls from chiropractors in the community. On the other hand, my physician colleagues were obviously less than pleased with my portrayal of chiropractors as being conscientious and effective health care practitioners.

It is our duty as health care providers to give our patients the very best care available. If a physician is unable to provide a modality which may be effective in the treatment of a medical problem, then, without question, the patient should be referred to someone who may be able to offer this type of treatment. Clearly, “If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” This is why I frequently refer patients to chiropractors as well as acupuncturists, massage therapists, osteopaths, or to any one I feel may have something to offer my patient.

In researching chiropractic, I was pleased to learn that chiropractors receive a considerable amount of training in nutrition during their six years of chiropractic education. This contrasts significantly with medical school. It is estimated that only one-fifth of the medical schools in this country require courses in nutrition. What this seems to indicate is by encouraging an understanding of nutrition, chiropractic is more attuned with disease prevention rather than simply disease treatment.

As a neurologist and medical director of a physical rehabilitation facility, a large part of my practice deals with various syndromes. Some patients do well with straightforward medical treatment, using non-steroid, anti-inflammatory medications, etc. Other patients seem to do well after a course of physical therapy involving both active and passive modalities. Frequently, I refer patients for chiropractic evaluation and treatment and more often than not I am gratified by the response that my patients get.

Perhaps this article should have been published in a medical doctor’s journal as opposed to “DC.” In my experience, chiropractors have always known when it was appropriate to obtain consultation on a patient from another specialty. Medical doctors, however, have always seemed unlikely to refer patients to chiropractors, and this is not only unfortunate but also unfair since it deprives patients of a potentially useful modality.

There is no one discipline that has a corner on the market of techniques useful in patient care. No one discipline has all the tools. Hopefully, with time my medical colleagues will learn to concentrate on the ultimate goal of providing patients with the best chance of feeling better and realize that chiropractic has a lot to offer.

David Perlmutter, M.D.

Naples, Florida

 

via Dynamic Chiropractic – July 31, 1992, Vol. 10, Issue 16

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How Can A Chiropractor Work On A Totally Opposite Spot And Yet The Pain Is Gone

Yesterday before treating a patient, I asked her notice in the mirror how her right shoulder was about 2″ lower than her left. She also mentioned she had been tripping on her right pant leg. She said she noticed the difference in her shoulders at home, but that her right low back was really hurting as well as her right front leg muscles. After treating her LEFT THORACIC spine (the part over her left kidney/lung area), I asked her to take another look in the mirror to see the changes. TOTALLY even shoulders and she stated she no longer had right leg or right low back pain! skeleton-balance

SO, HOW CAN A CHIROPRACTOR WORK ON A TOTALLY OPPOSITE SPOT THAN THE AREA OF PAIN AND YET THE PAIN THE PERSON CAME IN WITH IS GONE AND ALL THE BODY IS BALANCED AGAIN?!? This happens COUNTLESS times and many patients ask this very question.

The reality is chiropractors consider the symptoms you are experiencing and then analyze your ENTIRE body to determine where the source of the pain or imbalance originates. You are a WHOLE being made up of many parts that ALL WORK TOGETHER. And your brain and nervous system controls every single cell of your entire body. If there is imbalance in your nervous system, there WILL BE dysfunction in the body- as minor as your chin doesn’t quite line up with your chest bone. The next time you take a look in the mirror and see imbalance in your shoulders or your head isn’t quite screwed on straight or you have pain in any joint or muscle, or you notice changes in your normal bowel and bladder function, consider how chiropractic can help restore normal function and balance to your entire body!