So why would I see a chiropractor for a virtual visit?
That is a question that I have heard a lot over the past couple of days. From patients, from colleagues, and from local PCP's. To be completely honest, it is a fair question.
If you have been a patient in our office, you have likely heard one of us say "Our goal is for you to be independent of us, not dependant on us." Have you ever really thought about what we mean by that? You should be empowered to be able to treat your own aches and pains. It is not our jobs to be the heros of your story, it is our job to play the role of the guide. For all of you Star Wars nerds out there (Yes, I am allowed to say that because I am a Star Wars nerd myself) - You are Luke Skywalker, and we simply get to play the role of Yoda.
So if you think back about the Star Wars Trilogy, in the beginning of his journey, Luke spent a lot of time with Yoda. Luke watched him. Luke listened to his words. Luke learned the ways of the Force from Yoda. Yoda's teachings lived on even after he and Luke were separated. Now, I am in no way, shape, or form saying that any of us are a 2 foot tall green Jedi, but i think you get what I am saying.
So what are we able to do during these Virtual Office Visits? Obviously, we cannot actually put our hands on you. For most chiropractors, this is where their treatment stops, but as many of you know we are a little different than most.
So far this week, we have helped patients dealing with acute neck pain, a rotator cuff strain, lower back pain, sciatica, and hip pain. All of these sessions began with a conversation about how the pain started, then we did some testing to clarify the cause of the pain, then we discussed treatment options. One patient simply needed to go over his rehab exercises from before, one needed to make some changes to their "work from home" workstation, another needed an MRI (yes we can even order those after a Virtual Office Visit), another needed to see his PCP for medication before he could start his exercise program.
The moral of the story is that each of those patients came to their "appointment," while still in their own home (except one that was at work, but shhh don't tell anyone), concerned about their pains, and left with a plan. A plan to get out of pain, and do it quickly!
In this crazy time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more and more important that we keep our distance, but if you, or someone you know, is dealing with pain right now. Do not go, or allow them to go, to the ER for those symptoms, UNLESS it is necessary.
Let us help you, or them, out of their pain from the comfort of their own home.
Movement is my medicine,