As a graduate of Texas Chiropractic College, I studied the philosophy of evidence-based healthcare. To achieve this model I treat within my scope of practice of neuromuscular skeletal conditions. I believe in the direct co-management of your condition with your primary healthcare provider. If I cannot provide you the care necessary for your presenting illness, I will refer you back to your primary physician for further investigation.
“Evidence-Based Practice” is defined as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making the decisions about the care of individual patients.”
In lay terms, this means that as a Chiropractor I will obtain and use all information available to me to determine the best course of treatment for your condition. This information may come from tests, patient history and consultations, observation, or developments that arise as the treatment progresses. Also impacting my decisions is your preferences and capabilities. In other words, it involves considering all aspects of the patient, not just the condition at hand and what science dictates should normally be done.
You can rest assured that each visit is not just about completing a step in the treatment process. It involves looking at how the injury and the body is responding to the process, how you as the patient are handling the treatments, and what is best for you at that particular visit.
The various chiropractic therapies have been proven through countless studies over the decades, and it is the evidence from these studies that continue to drive continuing best-practices in how treatment is provided. Yet in every case, the application of chiropractic is tempered to be what is best for you, the patient, so the best results are achieved. That is what evidence-based practice is all about.