Objective: To demonstrate coordination of care between an emergency department and a hospital-based chiropractic clinic for a patient with chronic low back pain.
Clinical Features: 35-year-old female patient with chronic low back pain since 1999. She had received care from the emergency department, primary care, physical therapy, and a number of other providers before being referred to the chiropractor in 2017.
Intervention and Outcome: Physiotherapist evaluate and manage musculoskeletal conditions in patients seen in the emergency department, with no adverse outcomes. Chiropractors receive similar training as physiotherapist in diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions and could also fill a similar role within the emergency department.
Conclusion: Chiropractors can, similar to physiotherapists, evaluate and manage patients with musculoskeletal conditions seen in an emergency department setting.
Author keywords: Emergency Department; Interdisciplinary Care; Chiropractic
Author affiliations: MCJ: VA Central Iowa Health Care System, Des Moines, Iowa, United States; NH: Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport Iowa, United States
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