Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
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Should a patient seek your care within a reasonable amount of time post-spinal surgery, you should seek written clearance from the surgeon. The question arises, what is “reasonable?” I can’t answer that as each surgery is different, but for spine 100% of post-surgical cases need chiropractic care.
Therefore, you should request “clearance for manual therapy” from the surgeon in writing. This encompasses everything you do. By asking for clearance for only manipulation or adjusting leaves too much you do in question where you can potentially hurt the patient while leaving yourself exposed to litigation.
By getting a written note of clearance gives you a strong level of insulation against litigation and often gives you some direction (at the discretion of the surgeon) for any possible complications.
Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP
Academy of Chiropractic
US Chiropractic Directory