Tag: primary care

Huh; The symptom was knee and ankle pain but the problem was in your upper body.

Huh; The symptom was knee and ankle pain but the problem was in your upper body. Every healthcare practitioner should at one time or another ask themselves “If what I do is so effective, why are our results so uneven” Depending on what your expectations are, healthcare providers are taught about diseases, diagnoses, and treatments for these problems.   They are taught that one size fits all.  A shoulder is a shoulder, a knee is a knee, a foot is a foot, and so on.  This is why we have a specialist for everything model and primary care is no more Read More »

The doctor has availability in two months. Your local chiropractor will see you today.

The doctor has availability in two months.  Your local chiropractor will see you today. How many of us have had this happen? As a marketing tool, lobbyists would have us believe that waiting for medical appointments does not happen here in the USA. The truth is, this always happens even if you require immediate attention for a distressing heal problem.  Most of us want to avoid the horror show known as today’s E.R. so we need a better option. Part of the problem is that our system which is now run mostly by huge corporations would like us to simply Read More »

What is the point of a primary care doctor; A writer compares the US System to Britains.

What is the point of a primary care doctor; A writer compares the US System to Britains. According to the author of this article, regarding healthcare access and cost, we have met the enemy and the enemy is us. For those of us used to the system in the U.S., primary care is often no more than a referral doctor who sends us to an endless stream of other providers, after meeting with us for a brief visit.   There is also the walk-in clinic that does not do primary care but is more like a doc you can see when Read More »

What happened to primary care?

What happened to primary care? We tell our patients that our chiropractic practice is primary care for the musculoskeletal system.   The idea is that medicine is a disconnected mess when it comes to evaluating and treating what hurts us and what makes us feel ill.   I approach to care as a whole body problem so we are not likely to miss the reason you hurt and find sensible cost-effective solutions to your problems. If your problem is medical, we would refer you to your primary care medical provider who years ago was the person who evaluated your blood, and your Read More »

A new study suggest that spending up to 30 minutes with a GP is more cost effective than many prescriptive drugs.

A new study suggest that spending up to 30 minutes with a GP is more cost effective than many prescriptive drugs. In the USA, we take more drugs than any other country does, yet we are less healthy than many people who live elsewhere. Years ago, people took many less drugs and had spent more time with their doctors discussing and problem solving their health issues.   During the HMO era, the model changed to the 10 minute office visit (or less) and the costs of care skyrocketed, while people too more drugs and had more tests which were often of Read More »