The field of chiropractic and those who practice it get hit from all sides. Those of us trying to actually help our patients with problems beyond the Holy Chiro Trinity of (say it with me now) “back pain, neck pain, and headaches” are under attack from multiple angles, and for different reasons. This post is meant to openly call them out and launch a little fire in return.
I should’ve written about this long before now, but the need to write this post reached a pinnacle a few days ago.
I learned from a colleague that the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners (OBCE) recently considered adding an exception to its anti-fee-splitting rule to allow DCs to enter into promotional arrangements arrangements such as Groupon and LivingSocial that normally split the cost, to the tune of roughly 50%.
Apparently, they’re receptive to the idea of chiropractic doctors using Groupon and are willing to write such an exception into the laws and codes that govern Oregon chiropractors.
Some of you already know where I’m going with this. Half are starting to clap, while the other half is drawing up “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters.
Others of you don’t yet know who I’m talking about. That’s okay. I’ll explain.
There are always two sides to every story. Sometimes the events go down exactly as the prosecution describes; other times there is an inaccurate, sensationalist, and almost deliberately misleading account of twisted facts and comments taken out of context.
In case you couldn’t tell already, what happened to Dr. Credeur definitely falls into the latter. He was nothing but honest in his interviews (which he was in no way required to respond to) and he cooperated fully. And in fact, his office wrote an intelligent, professional, factual letter in response to the story. Here it is…
Since there’s so much about the NBCE, the CCE (until it started to wake up and join at least the 20th century very recently), and chiropractic education that many of my colleagues and I would love to see changed, let’s address that topic next.
The first item I’d like to bring to the table is the education. The admissions standards and school curricula need a complete and massive overhaul. It starts with admission.
To give this fantastic-but-often-misguided profession the fundamental overhaul that it so desperately needs, we’ve got to start where Doctors of Chiropractic are “born” – the schools. Chiropractic education shares many (of the better!) traits with those of conventional medical schools; however, a large chunk of the time spent in chiropractic school resonates somewhere between a for-profit trade school (the cheesy ones advertised on late-night TV commercials) and a spiritual (if not religious) cult.