“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” — Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
Like other members of the health profession, Doctors of Chiropractic are well aware of the importance of keeping up with current research.
Whether we are educating patients, insurance companies or other healthcare professionals, it is vital we are able to clearly explain the data within our scope of practice.
This may prove to be a tricky task as in recent years the amount of musculoskeletal and kinesiology research has exponentially grown. Therefore, in order to stay current, D.C.s must make a conscious effort to review the information being put forth. In addition D.C.s need to stay current on the information that is pertinent to our scope of practice.
Therefore understanding and staying current on the natural history and other treatment options for musculoskeletal conditions is key.
If you are Doctor of Chiropractic, you may be saying to yourself, “What a great reminder… I need to read up!” But before you put your reading specs on, there is one last proposal I would like to make: to enter each peer-reviewed article with an open mind.
If the article challenges your current chiropractic belief system, you should be inspired to dig deeper to find more research. Oftentimes we find ourselves ignoring or attacking the messenger and its data.
Health practitioners must rid themselves of their ego and put on their clinical critical thinking caps. The worst scenario of the exploration of literature would be a manifesto of a new model of care to utilize …which is actually AWESOME and exciting!
Continually learning should be fun and is one of our many blessings as Doctors of Chiropractic.
So grab your critical thinking cap and get reading!