Evaluation and Diagnostics

Diagnostics is one of the most crucial aspects of any medical treatment and process. Without thoroughly assessing and evaluating the current status of a patient, it is almost impossible to provide appropriate care and the right treatment that will alleviate the patient’s health issues.

According to statistics, up to 80,000 deaths occur each year in the United States that can be linked to misdiagnosis. An estimated 12 million people in the country experience a diagnostic error when they go for primary care in U.S. hospitals and over 30% of those errors result in permanent or serious damage to the patient, including death.

Studies also show that patients have a better chance of living healthier and longer lives and recover quickly with a timely and accurate diagnosis of their disease. Accurate evaluation and diagnostics can provide valuable prognostic data that can be used to suggest effective care pathways and treatments and allow patients to make informed choices regarding their health and wellness.

A current research article shows the following:

Clinical Practice Guidelines are designed to ensure that patients receive the best of care. Ideally such care would improve recovery rates, reduce harm, and minimize future complications including disability. Cost optimization is also present. Controlling costs benefits everyone, including the patient, the insurance premiums and payments, the government, and all of society.

As noble as the intent of clinical practice guidelines is, there are problems (1):

“The volume of guidelines is overwhelming, growing in size, numbers and recommendations.”

“The average family physician would need 18 hours/day to follow the volume of recommendations for chronic disease and preventive care.”

Primary care physicians are the usual first entry provider for patients into our healthcare system. The range of healthcare conditions and their associated clinical practice guidelines is overwhelming. It is impossible for the primary care physician to be knowledgeable on all clinical practice guidelines.

Also, as a rule, primary care physicians are poorly trained in musculoskeletal healthcare, as exemplified in these statements (2, 3, 4):

“79% of the participants [medical doctors] failed the basic musculoskeletal cognitive examination.”

“This suggests that training in musculoskeletal medicine is inadequate in both medical school and non-orthopaedic residency training programs.” (2)

“These findings, which are consistent with those from other schools, suggest that medical students do not feel adequately prepared in musculoskeletal medicine and lack both clinical confidence and cognitive mastery in the field.” (3)

“Both orthopaedic surgeons’ and family physicians’ knowledge of treating LBP is deficient.”

“Orthopedic surgeons are less aware of current treatment than family practitioners.” (4)

One recent health care policy publication notes (25):

“Medical educators have recognized for years that training in musculoskeletal medicine is suboptimal for medical students, residents, and general practitioners.”

As a consequence of these obstacles, recent publications have called for the establishment of a primary spine care practitioner, and have suggested that the provider should be a chiropractor
(read more here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33591367/)

At ADIO Chiropractic Clinic, we offer exceptional evaluation and diagnostic services utilizing specific screenings and tests. Our expert staff have years of experience in diagnostic services, and we have helped numerous patients save on their healthcare spending with our accurate results and prognosis.

Our evaluation and diagnostic services in Libertyville, Illinois, ensure quick detection of possible medical conditions. Not only this, our diagnostic tests also work to find out the stage and degree of development of a particular disease or disorder and form the framework which can be used to prescribe the best course of treatment.

Regular evaluations and screenings can help you identify an issue with your health as soon as possible and can highlight any deficiencies that might lead to a disease in the future. These evaluations demonstrate progress towards your health goals.

Our skilled doctors take a full medical history of each patient to find out about any previous illnesses, hospitalizations, surgeries, or more that could factor into their future treatments.

Get in touch with us today to find out more about our evaluation and diagnostic services at our Chiropractic Clinic in Libertyville.

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