You may be wondering if Virtual Visits are for you…

You may even be wondering what are virtual visits, and how would it even work for something like chiropractic care? I mean… it’s not like a traditionally hands-on profession can be hands-on remotely, …right?

Well…, let’s roll back the conversation a bit to help you understand. It’s not as big of a stretch (pun intended) as you might imagine.

If you’ve visited our North York clinic any time over the past many years, you likely would have heard us talk about “multi-modal care“. We didn’t invent the term – turns out it is the gold standard approach for many of the neck pain and associated disorders, and low back pain and associated disorders that brings people to our clinic in the first place. We’ve even written about it in previous blogs and newsletters. We’ve been using this approach with our patients for almost ‘as long as it’s been a thing‘.

Chiropractic, like physiotherapy, dentistry and optometry, are considered Essential Services under Ontario’s current COVID directives. With virtual vists, you can have a one-on-one appointment with us. This allows for minimal disruption to you care, all from the safety and comfort of your own home. Your appointment will allow you to address your unique needs, and allow us to implement strategies unique to you.

Perttu Riipinen, a researcher at the University of South Wales points out:
“As a healthcare professional (chiropractor), the upmost importance in patient care is the ability to triage patient to appropriate care, and this has been the foundation of my training in University. This requires patient interviewing skills and a thorough history taking. Based on this we can refer if there is a suspicion of a serious condition that would need more urgent medical care. This is extremely rare however, estimated up to 1-2% of all low back pain cases for example.⁣

Following this, we can complete a thorough subjective assessment from a distance (individuals understanding of their symptoms, goals, potential barriers to recovery etc.) and work together to evaluate current physical function.⁣

Based on the thorough assessment, we can provide education and advice about the condition, reassure, and give management options including an exercise programme that creates a robust self-management programme. In fact, according to current clinical guidelines, these are key pillars of “best care” for musculoskeletal pain management. “

Research hubs in Australia and in Quebec offer persuading evidence for the use of telehealth in assessment validity, treatment effectiveness, and patient satisfaction.

These are unprecedented times. We are excited to be able to offer this unique solution to our shared unique challenge.

Care. That makes the difference™.

Dr. Joel Weisberg

Dr. Joel Weisberg is the Clinic Director and Principal Doctor at Downsview Chiropractic The difference it makes to a patient when they learn, receive appropriate care, feel cared for, and are empowered to self-manage, is often bigger than the relief they were seeking. Dr. Weisberg is driven to make that difference to people in their pursuit of a life lived well™.

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