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The Patients I Don’T Accept for Chiropractic Care

I’m often asked, “Can you help me?” The answer is that there are patients I don’t accept for chiropractic care because I can’t help them. In this post, I’m going to outline the types of cases I don’t accept and the types of patients I can’t help. Often times, to determine which cases I take and which ones I refer on, I must see the patient for an examination.

CANCER CASES. There are websites of local chiropractors in Salt Lake City which indicate that they are willing to take cancer patients and try to help them. I believe this is a mistake. While chiropractic care increases the body’s immunity and can help with pain caused by cancer, cancer treatment itself is not in the realm of chiropractic care. Please see a qualified oncologist.

FRACTURES. I do not accept cases for fracture care. Almost always, if a person has had trauma and broken a bone, then likely there are injuries to the spine and associated muscles and ligaments. I can help with those injuries, but the fracture itself should be seen by a competent orthopedic specialist or neurosurgeon.

HERNIATED DISCS WHICH CAUSE MYELOPATHY. I accept most herniated disc cases; however, if your herniated disc, as shown on MRI, is to the point where the spinal cord and/or the nerves are compressed and you are having weakness of muscles, or severe pain and tingling/numbness into the arms or legs, you will need to see a neurosurgeon to ensure that chiropractic care is safe for you. I have seen cases where chiropractors continued to provide treatment to individuals who are losing the function of their legs. Such nerve compression can be permanent and needs to be addressed appropriately. If you have a herniated disc, I will see you for an initial evaluation which will determine whether you need to be referred out prior to care or whether you are one of the acceptable disc cases.

INTERNAL ORGAN FAILURE. If you have organ failure such as liver, kidney, or gallbladder, you need to be under the care of a well-qualified internal medicine specialist. Chiropractic care may be an adjunct therapy for you to aid you in recovery from your main treatment with the internal medicine doctor. I do not accept organ failure cases as the primary treating doctor.

DIABETES. All diabetic patients are referred to a diabetic specialist medical doctor. While the Ideal Protein Protocol diet which we use to help patients lose weight is extremely effective at eliminating those with diabetes problems and those who are pre-diabetic, we never manage those cases alone. Only with the approval of the diabetic specialist.

Not all patients are accepted for chiropractic care my office – however, most are. If you have one of the above listed conditions, I recommend you seek professional medical care as soon as possible. It is quite likely that chiropractic care can be used as an adjunct to help you in your case. Many times, using natural approaches as an adjunct therapy, can help reduce the medical necessity and reliance upon medications and potentially dangerous surgeries. Anything you can do to decrease the need for pharmaceuticals and surgery is always a positive toward regaining your health.