Scope of Practice
Chiropractors are competently trained in the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. They apply a range of manual and physical therapy treatment strategies to alleviate pain and dysfunction in acute and recurrent mechanical pain disorders.
Additionally, a pain management chiropractor has further training and expertise in managing patients who are experiencing ongoing or persistent pain. This focus requires a pain management chiropractor to undertake a psychologically informed approach to patient care to accurately identify the multitude of psychosocial factors that may be contributing to a patient pain experience. In particular, in the initial stages of acute injury, pain management chiropractors are concerned with identifying psychosocial risk factors that may lead to chronicity.
Given the complex nature of chronic and persistent pain a pain management chiropractor understands that successful treatment involves a multimodal and often multidisciplinary approach to care. Thus, a pain management chiropractor has a willingness to adopt a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to patient care, often involving medical doctors, psychologists and other allied health professionals.